Wayne LaPierre likes to say, “The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” We now have absolute proof that is not necessarily true. Sometimes a bad guy with a gun can be stopped by a little boy who sees the world with the clarity that only the eyes of a child can see.
Early in the attack on the shopping mall in Nairobi, four year-old Elliot Prior watched as a terrorist carrying an AK-47 approached him, his six-year-old sister Amelie and their wounded mother. Looking the terrorist in the eye Elliot bravely shouted at him, “You’re a bad man, let us leave!”
Amazingly the man not only allowed the family to leave, taking with them a 12-year-old boy whose mother had been shot dead, he gave them candy bars and even offered an apology of sorts, saying, “Please forgive me we are not monsters.”
Elliot’s mother, 35 year-old Amber Prior who was shot in the leg, said that the man had told her that they only wanted to kill, “Kenyans and Americans” and “to change my religion to Islam.”
Elliot of course probably did not realize how brave his actions were. He was only looking out for his mother and sister as any four-year-old would want to do. That does not lessen in any way what he did or the effect that his actions had on a man who would never be expected to show any compassion for anyone, even a child, and yet he did.
Congratulations Elliot, you deserve a medal for what you did in the face of danger.