Rep. Boebert introduced a House Resolution to honor twenty-two-year-old Elisjsha Dicken, who defended his fellow citizens by stopping an active shooter at the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana.
“Elisjsha Dicken is an American hero worthy of recognition and honor. Eli’s act of bravery saved countless lives and inspired millions more. While many career politicians are working to disarm law-abiding citizens like Eli, I’m committed to ensuring that we uphold the Constitutional right to defend one’s self. On behalf of a grateful nation, I’m honored to lead this bill recognizing Eli Dicken, a true American hero.”
On July 17, an active shooter opened fire in the food court of the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana. Just fifteen seconds after the shooting began, twenty-two-year-old Elisjsha “Eli” Dicken defended his fellow citizens by engaging the shooter with a 9mm Glock that he was carrying legally under Indiana’s constitutional carry statute. When the shooter tried to retreat, Eli pursued him fearlessly.
The shooter tragically killed three people and injured multiple others in the fifteen seconds before Eli stopped him. Thankfully, Eli’s actions saved countless lives and prevented this tragedy from becoming a mass shooting.
Indiana’s constitutional carry statute repealed the gun control law mandating that citizens obtain a permit to carry a handgun in public.
Greenwood Police Chief James Ison described Eli as “very proficient” in using tactics that neutralized the threat and saved lives.
Reps. Jim Banks (IN-03), Mike Carey (OH-15), Andrew Clyde (GA-09), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Jody Hice (GA-10), Mary Miller (IL-15), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Greg Steube (FL-17), Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02), and Dan Bishop (NC-09) cosponsored this resolution.
The full text of Congresswoman Boebert’s House Resolution honoring Eli Dicken is available here.