At The Good Men Project we do a lot of talking about the state of men and boys in today’s society. We look at whether or not men are manly enough and even question what manliness is. With all that’s happened recently, I would like to recognize a few men who made a difference.
Three female survivors of the movie-theater massacre survived with minor injuries, but not without a lot of emotional pain of loss. These three young ladies lost their boyfriends who heroically died saving them.
As final acts of valor, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn, and Alex Teves used their bodies to shield others as a madman turned the Aurora, Colorado movie theater they sat in that day into a shooting gallery.
Jon Blunk’s girlfriend, Jansen Young, Matt McQuinn’s girlfriend, Samantha Fowler, and Alex Teves’ friend, Amanda Lindgren, made it alive through the attack—but they would have been killed had it not been for the men sitting beside them.
Although one lone man was doing the shooting, three men gave their lives saving the lives of women. And even though the media is quick to talk about men behaving badly, for every man who will take the life of an innocent person, I believe there are countless men who would give theirs to save the life of others, often for those they do not even know.
Let us remember John Blunk, Matt McQuinn, and Alex Teves. Whoever they were in life, there was something special within them that made them heroes.
Read more on the Aurora shooting:
Three Aurora Victims Died Shielding Others, by Good Feed Blog Editors
Men and Mass Shootings by Andrew Smiler
Not a Joke: Why Do Our Boys Keep Up the Mass Shootings? by Tom Matlack
The Aurora Shootings: What’s Wrong With White Men? by Jamie Utt
What Makes White, Middle Class Men Kill? by Christian Piatt
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