In the aftermath of the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting the actions of countless people are coming to light. People have identified individuals who rose up and displayed some of the best and bravest humanity has to offer at a very dark time.
But footage of Dan “the King of Instagram” Bilzerian is just raising eyebrows. Bilzerian, a professional poker player and firearms enthusiast, first published a video of himself running away from possible shooting victims that may have needed help.
After watching the footage, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer criticized Bilzerian for shooting video instead of taking direct action to help others.
“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,” Meyer said live on Facebook. “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.”
Meyer’s statement struck a chord with people around the world. It could be that Bilzerian was stressed and making bad decisions, or maybe he was looking for a publicity boost, and it’s possible he is just being poorly represented. Still, Meyer clearly got under Bilzerian’s skin.
A later video showed Bilzerian returning to the active shooting scene. Then he tried to convince a police officer to give him a gun. Bilzerian says he returned to help the Las Vegas police after taking two injured women to the hospital in his capacity as a reserve officer.
We now know that the shooter was firing at the concert-goers from over 1,000 yards away, 32 stories up in his hotel room. It would take a professional shooter to return any sort of effective fire without putting others in danger.
The shooter killed himself after a security guard confronted him with a baton. Identified as Jesus Campos, the shooter shot the guard in the leg. Campos was the first person to confirm the shooter’s location, even before the police.
According to Meyer, people within Bilzerian’s circle have started prank-calling his wife, Bristol Palin.
Meyer called Bilzerian out in response. “I’m done with your petty games,” he said on Instagram. “Don’t ever drag my family into anything. I’m waiting.”
“You train. I train. Why don’t we handle this like men,” Meyer asked. “Let’s take care of this like men.”