July 22 2012
One of the first articles I read about the victims of the Aurora shooting described a man who put his four-month-old son down on floor, fled the scene in his car and returned when his girlfriend called him. His girlfriend had been injured, but was able to save their small child and baby. He felt terrible:
'My son's still in there,' he told ABC News. 'My girlfriend is still in there. I'm out here. Who leaves their child there?'
The couple then reunited outside the cinema, after Ms Legarreta phoned her fiance who had driven away from the scene.
He proposed and she said yes. This story reminded me of a post Charlotte wrote earlier this year, Chivalry Sinks under Equality's Murky Waters, about the behavior of men on the Costa Concordia. Charlotte wrote,
The men who behaved badly on the Costa Concordia were cowards, no doubt about it, but they are also products of an age that downplays such erstwhile virtues as chivalry and protectiveness of women.
I think Charlotte would be proud of how three other men in the theater with their girlfriends reacted. A headline this morning about the shooting caught my attention about three men who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their girlfriends, 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting: Three heroes died in Aurora taking bullets for their girlfriends. This is an incredible story:
Three survivors of the Colorado movie-theater massacre escaped with minor wounds, but were left with broken hearts because their heroic boyfriends died saving them.
In final acts of valor, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves used their bodies to shield their girlfriends as accused madman James Holmes turned the Aurora cineplex into a shooting gallery.
Blunk’s girlfriend, Jansen Young; McQuinn’s girlfriend, Samantha Yowler; and Teves’ gal pal Amanda Lindgren made it out of the bloodbath — but they would have been killed had it not been for the loves of their lives.
“He’s a hero, and he’ll never be forgotten,” a tearful Jansen Young told the Daily News of Blunk. “Jon took a bullet for me.”
I am glad to see these men being highlighted and honored. This is an article worth sharing.