Sunday, July 22, 2012

Your Choice of Mate: Please Be Reconsidering...

From FarmDad, in comments to my earlier post, alerts us to this story:

Jarell Brooks: Theater Shooting Hero Helped Mom While Boyfriend Jamie Rohrs Ran Out
A 19-year-old man stepped up when he saw a young mother and her children in danger the night of the Batman premier theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Jarell Brooks is by all accounts a hero, but he doesn't want you to think of him that way. However, he very possibly saved three lives early Friday morning, and for that, he deserves the highest praise one can get.
Her fiance, jumped off the balcony and ran out of the building when the shooting started. He abandoned his two children and the woman he wants to married to save his own hide. Now, I've never been shot at, but I've had knives, bats, and chainsaws pulled on me before (not all at once), and while it is pretty scary, I wouldn't abandon my family over any of it. All people react differently, and for some, the "flight" in "fight or flight" kicks in rather than fight. But someone what would abandon his loved ones?

You'd do a lot better with someone of Mr. Brooks's mettle.

And, FWIW, Jarell Brooks, you are an honest-to-goodness American hero. God bless you, sir, and thank you.

That is all.


PISSED said...

There were three others that made the ultimate sacrifice saving their girlfriends.

Keads said...

I agree. As some Author posed in fiction: "Some look at the helicopter as it is leaving and others look forward to the task at hand".

Heath J said...

Noble yes, but better to end the asshole threatening you and yours than to play meat sandbag.

Heath J said...

Noble yes, but better to end the asshole threatening you and yours than to play meat sandbag.

Armed Texan said...

There are people on both sides of the spectrum who will tell you that you can not know how you will act until the fecal matter hits the rotary impeller. I call bovine excrement to that. I do not know exactly how I will react, but I do know that I won't pull a George Costanza. I know this with certainty because I prepare myself mentally for such situations. I decided to do this years ago when I became a husband and later strengthened my resolve when I became a father. I know this because I push myself to remain in condition yellow; keeping tabs on the situation around me and looking for the best out for my family AND THEN myself. I know this because I have already actively steered my family away from situations that have pushed me into orange. I know this because I carry a weapon in case the situation becomes red.

Now, I don't know that I will be the best shooter if and when called to do so, but I do know that I will first try to provide protection (duck behind these seats, go out that exit, et cetera) for my family and then I will see if I can provide more active help to end the situation. There is nothing macho about that statement. I am no mall ninja. I fully expect my bladder to empty involuntarily if confronted with just such a situation, but this is simply my duty as a husband and a father.