Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer Slams Dan Bilzerian For His ‘Disgusting’ Las Vegas Shooting Snapchat Video
“A woman just got shot in the head and you are running away filming.”
A Medal of Honor recipient and veteran of the United States Marine Corps is one of many people who were wholly unimpressed with Dan Bilzerian’s response to the Las Vegas shooting.
The social media star was among the 20,000 concert goers sent into a panicked frenzy when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sunday evening.
Dan Bilzerian says he went to get a gun after seeing a girl get 'shot in the head' at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas shooting pic.twitter.com/EyiEWqlOdo
— Tom Richell (@tomrichell) October 2, 2017
Bilzerian recorded a now-viral Snapchat video as he retreated to “get a gun.” Sgt. Dakota Meyer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, excoriated the “King of Instagram” in a post of his own.
“Always playing ‘operator dress up’ and so so tough when the cameras are on,” Meyer wrote. “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 your not. People are dying, you’re running away not helping them and pretending it’s worthy of a video is disgusting.”
Instagram users had mixed responses to Meyer’s criticism. Many agreed with the decorated veteran.
“Dakota is calling out a dress up wanna be,” one user wrote. “How dumb do you look FILMING yourself and running. And to get a gun? He isn’t a cop or the punisher.”
“Definitely not arguing about the gun thing but it would have been much more humble and honorable had he not recorded himself,” another user said.
Others defended Bilzerian by arguing that most people would have fled.
“I know your a veteran and all. But was he supposed to just be a sitting duck in the line of fire?”
“You’re attacking the specific person, but what if he was someone else? What if it were someone close to you who was getting shot at?”
The former Navy SEAL trainee did return to the scene to aid authorities.
Bilzerian has yet to publicly respond to the criticism.