By Tom Rhodes, 7/27/2012
Not enough sympathy and support for the victims of the Aurora massacre can ever be expressed. We as a society can however take solace in knowing that this tragedy clearly demonstrates the fact that honorable manly men still represent a significant part of America. Fully one quarter of the people who died in the Aurora Massacre did so valiantly. Three of the 12 dead, died saving the lives of others, and can directly be attributed to diminishing what was a horrendous death toll.
The fact that three men purposefully and bravely did what American men have traditionally done; protect their loved ones, even at the cost of their own life. They did so by using their bodies to shield women from bullets, should not be astounding, it is a reflection of traditional American manly values. This kind of self sacrifice is not dead in America, and should be honored and celebrated. No doubt there are other men in the Aurora theater who did the same, and were lucky enough not to be killed, and don't want accolades or to even be noticed.
Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves all died, by acting like men, using traits modern feminists consider barbaric, primitive and obsolete. The feminization of America is not complete, although traditional "macho" characteristics of men have been successfully devalued because of the feminist influence in our society, it is clear that America still values, and has men who still value, traits that make a man a real man.
Jon Blunk, pushed his girlfriend, Jansen, under the seat and laid on top of her to shield her from the butchery. That's where he died. Alex Teves likewise, pushed his girlfriend, Amanda, to the floor to save her. He was shot before he could do anything else. Matt McQuinn, jumped in front of his love Samantha, taking shots to the leg, back and chest. Matt's sacrifice was not in vain, and although she was shot in the leg, Samantha survived.
The sheer magnitude of the number of men willing to lay down their lives for others cannot be unstated. I don't know if these three men were Boy Scouts, but from the interviews of people who knew them, it is clear that they embraced the values the Boy Scouts try to instill in men. Those values which are under constant attack by the left and over feminized part of our society are expressed in the Scout Slogan, Scout Motto and Scout law:
The Scout slogan states: "Be Prepared"
The Scout law states that: "A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
The Scout Motto states: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Boy Scouts are uncompromising in these values, for that they are vilified. The question I have for any parent of a girl, wouldn't you want the man she marries to be uncompromising in these same values? The question I have for any woman looking for a husband, wouldn't you want the man you marry to be uncompromising in these same values? The good news is that if the men in the Aurora theater are any example, you can still find men with such values.
It is clear by the selfless actions of Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves that they were all mentally awake, physical fit, did their duty to protect others, and completely honored both the law and motto of the Boy Scouts. They were even obedient (not being armed), honoring the rules of the theater that prohibited arms even from concealed weapon permit holders. They were prepared to take, and did take immediate self sacrificial action. I don't know if they were former Boy Scouts or not, but they displayed the traditional values of men, acting with chivalry, bravery, and selflessness that the Boy Scouts so proudly try to protect and instill in young men. These men didn't depend on any other to protect those they loved; they took personal responsibility and put the lives of others before their own.
The fact that it wasn't just one man, but many, should give us hope that society in America is not lost, and as a society we still value liberty, freedom, and yes, personal responsibility. It is virtually impossible to stop a deranged person with violent intentions. We see evidence of this world wide regardless of local laws; the sarin gas attack in Japan, bombing of innocents all over the world, the shooting massacre in Norway; Rather than dwell on trying to stop what can't be stopped. We should use this tragic event to celebrate and honor the men among us who are prepared, can, and will, sacrifice themselves for others. We should also take this time to look at examples where massacres were mitigated by men who were prepared and ignored danger to themselves, did stop similar events.
Although the press doesn't talk about it, and Obama uses tragedies like Aurora to try and disarm the innocent, the fact is experts agree that a determined killer willing to give up his own life, cannot be stopped. The fact is that as a society we can be safer if we enhance the odds in favor of innocent people instead of criminals. This means making it easier, not harder for individuals to exercise personal responsibility and be prepared to defend themselves and others. We have examples to numerous to count of regular people willing to put themselves into danger to protect others. The press and left in general don't like to expose these examples because they so often involve the effective private use of arms is defense of others.
The week before the Aurora massacre, a 71 year old man used a small pocket pistol to thwart two young men armed with a revolver and baseball bat, from robbing and/or killing the patrons of an Ocala internet café.
A gunman was stopped after killing two students and wounding seven at a Pearl, Miss. high school. An assistant principal, with no regard for his personal safety, rushed to his car, got his pistol, then rushed back to where the shooter was. He confronted the rifle-carrying shooter, and without firing a shot, ordered the shooter to the ground and held his gun to the shooter's neck until police arrived.
A man purchased a knife in a grocery store, went to the parking lot, stabbed and critically injured two men, and was threatening others. A prepared customer at this Salt Lake City grocery store, drew his legally carried gun, and held the criminal until police arrived.
At the Appalachian School of Law, a distraught student shot and killed the dean, a professor and another student. Before the shooter could manage any other carnage, two students retrieved their pistols from their cars, and used them to stop the attack. In analyzing this story John Lott, author of "More Guns = Less Crime" noted that were well over 200 print articles and only four mentioned that crime was stopped by students armed with pistols.
We should be celebrating, that there are still men in America who can and will defend and protect others. The political left and main stream press's use of the Aurora Massacre as a call to disarm America, while they generally ignore the character and actions of men who act like Boy Scouts (A.K.A. real men). They are un-American, not to be trusted, and are hurting not helping our society. Yes there are still real men in the USA, lots of them; they have names like Blunk, McQuinn and Teves. We need to be honoring them and quit tolerating the vilification of manly values that the scared, dependent, victim mentality, of the over feminized left in politics and the press consistently bombards us.