Sometimes on Twitter I search #realmen just to see what comes up. It’s kind of fascinating. Most of the time, the tweets are from women wishing for a particular type of boyfriend, such as “#RealMen let their ladies hold the remote” or something stupid.
This weekend there was one tweet that showed up over and over again, also with the hashtag #MuchRespect:
— Jalen Lindsey (@Jlindsey21) July 23, 2012
— Cole Chrisman (@wipabladez) July 23, 2012
3 Guys killed in the Colorado shooting died shielding their girlfriends….those are real men! #MuchRespect
— Southern Beaux (@Southern_Beaux) July 23, 2012
The New York Daily News offered a tribute to these three men as well:
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.”
She was too distraught to speak more, but her mother called Blunk, 25, who had two young children from a previous relationship, “a gentleman.”
These men are heroes for protecting the person they love with their own bodies, and their own lives. It tears me in half to think about it, knowing my own husband would do the same thing for me, but also knowing that I would want to protect him as well. I cannot imagine what those last moments were like for anyone in that theater, but to know that for some their final moments were spent thinking about someone other than themselves is both heartbreaking and reassuring about human nature.
While I think there are about a billion different kinds of #RealMen in this world, we want to send #MuchRespect to these three men, and all of the victims and survivors from the Aurora shooting.
Editor’s note: This post will be highly moderated. Please keep commentary about these men and their girlfriends respectful and on-topic. *Further discussion about society’s expectations of men’s sacrifice will be held at a later date.* Thank you.
Photo of Jon Blunk courtesy of Blunk Family