Dan Bilzerian, famous for chronicling his machismo on Instagram, took heat after a video surfaced Monday that showed the internet-tough-guy running away from the chaos at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Instead of helping the wounded, or trying to save lives, Bilzerian ran. And he took opportunistic video of what many have interpreted as cowardice.
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Now Bilzerian hopes to answer his critics by releasing video of him interrupting a police officer during the shooting and begging for his weapon. As the Daily Mail reports, “new footage shows Dan Bilzerian returning to the scene of the Las Vegas shooting and asking a policeman for his weapon so he could fight back.”
The cop isn’t about to give up his gun. “No, get the f*** away from me right now,” he says to Bilzerian. “I don’t know who the f*** you are.”
It is unclear how It is unclear how Bilzerian, who tried to become a Navy SEAL and failed twice, intended to “fight back.” What is clear is that Bilzerian is interrupting an officer in the execution of his duties. While this sworn civil servant is helping protect civilians, Bilzerian’s request is little more than a distraction, as the officer’s response shows.
“‘But I showed you my creds,” Bilzerian replies.
The self-described “King of Instagram” also had someone recording the encounter.
58 people around him died. Many others were injured by bullets, or in the rush to escape. Bilzerian’s flight from the chaos drew the ire of many. Instead of helping rescue those in need of help, or assisting with the mass evacuation of thousands, Bilzerian unapologetically has his own self-interests in mind.
Here’s the original video Bilzerian posted:
After his original video emerged, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer called out Bilzerian’s cowardice.
“Holy f***, a girl just got shot in the f***ing head,” Bilzerian says as he runs away. “This is so f***ing crazy.”
“This is what kills me about people like you,” Meyer wrote on Instagram, who tagged Bilzerian, “Always playing ‘operator dress up’ and so, so tough when the cameras are on.”
“A woman just got shot in the head and you are running away filming that’s not what operators do. Please stop trying to be someone you’re not.
“People are dying, you’re running away not helping them and pretending it’s worthy of a video is disgusting.
“This is why children shouldn’t classify heroes by their followers or their photos.”
Bilzerian didn’t take the criticism lightly. “So I wake up this morning and the news is talking s*** saying some Marine was saying that I was a p**** for running away and that I should have stood my ground when the guy was shooting at me with a machine gun.”
“So, I mean if we follow that retard’s logic we’d probably have 600 dead if everyone stood their ground instead of running for cover.”
Meyer’s point, though, is that we may not have 59 people dead if more of those who ran would have offered assistance to the wounded instead of recording themselves on cellphones.
“They publish some f****** guy’s account, sitting behind a laptop, typing, trying to get his five minutes of fame.
“He’s there blogging about me while I’m f****** delivering 8,000lbs of food and water in Vegas and going to hospitals.
“And just to be clear, the first f****** thing I did after we dropped those two girls off at the hospital was I went and got my gun and went straight f****** back there and I was there for three f****** hours.”
Those who know Dakota Meyer know the Marine veteran is not “some f****** guy.”
Brandon Webb, an author and former SEAL, stood up for Meyer’s response. “My friend @dakotameyer0317 ran towards the fight in Afghanistan and was awarded this Nations highest award for bravery and sacrifice. The #medalofhonor,” he posted on social media.
“I would hope @danbilzerian, would have enough courage to engage him directly regarding his video running away from the Vegas shooting, as a man, rather than insult him blindly on a social media feed that has the best followers money can buy.
“I’ll stand by Dakota all day long, because he is a man of character and accomplishment of his own accord. And then the haters and cowards come I’ll stand back-to-back with Dakota next to the gates of Hell.”
If you are interested in reading stories of actual heroism from the night of the shooting, we recommend the example of the man who wouldn’t let his own injury come between him and his country: He was Shot. He Stood for the President. Then He was Attacked Online. His Response is Flawless. Or the Marine who stole a truck so he could drive the wounded to the hospital: Owner Sends Text to Marine Who Stole His Truck to Save Lives in Las Vegas Shooting [VIDEO]. Or the young soldier who shielded a stranger: Man Who Covered Woman in Iconic Las Vegas Shooting Image is an Active Duty U.S. Army Soldier. Or the nurse who was shot who had no option but to treat her own wounds:Nurse Treated Her Own Wounds After Realizing She Was Going to ‘Bleed Out’ During Vegas Shooting. Or the example set by another Marine who kept those around him calm and safe: ‘He Never Left My Side’: Vegas Shooting Survivor Tells How Marine She Just Met at Concert Shielded Her from Gunfire.
The examples of true heroism from this tragedy will continue to unfold.