While speaking Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering (D) suggested an armed citizen engaging the July 4 parade attacker would have meant “more carnage.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) described how some states allow people to carry guns “with no training whatsoever.”
He then asked Rotering, “How much can we count on a good guy with a gun to stop a mass shooter when the mass shooter has an AR-15-style ‘assault weapon’ that can empty a 30-round magazine in about as many seconds?”
The Alvarez-Sanchez family, center, join local residents for a two-minute moment of silence at 10:14 a.m. at a memorial Monday, July 11, 2022, in Highland Park, Illinois, to the seven people who lost their lives during the town’s Fourth if July parade. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Rotering responded, “A good guy with a gun would have had no impact on the shooter.”
A body is transported from the scene of a mass shooting during the July 4th holiday weekend Monday, July 4, 2022, in Highland Park, Illinois. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
She went on to describe witness testimony of the sounds of bullets ricocheting and added, “And we had good guys on site who were trained, who got there within seconds, and it was just too hard to see where [the attacker] was.”
A police officer picks up a waterlogged American flag, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, left behind after Monday’s mass shooting in Highland Park. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Rotering mentioned a rifle round’s effectiveness against certain types of body armor. then said, “I think the fact that we had less than a minute should tell anyone who thinks a good guy with a gun would have had an impact, the only thing you would have happened would have been more chaos, more carnage.”
The Greenwood Park Mall shooter began firing at 5:56:48PM.
15 SECONDS LATER, at 5:57:03, 22-year-old Eli Dicken carrying under the new NRA-Backed Constitutional Carry law, fired 10 rounds from 40 yards, hitting the shooter 8 times. The shooter collapsed & died. pic.twitter.com/X2yOiLjnOM
— NRA (@NRA) July 19, 2022
On Sunday, an attacker with a rifle opened fire in Indiana’s Greenwood Park Mall and police noted that 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken drew a handgun and “neutralized” the attacker in 15 seconds.
The NRA noted that Dicken began engaging the attacker from a distance of 40 yards. Dicken fired ten rounds, hitting the attacker with eight of those rounds and ending the attack.
Dicken does not have any formal police or military firearm training. Rather, “he learned to shoot from his grandfather,” WTHR pointed out.
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