Do you feel incredibly depressed when you listen to the news, especially when something like the shootings at the Dark Knight premiere in Aurora, Colorado, happens? It’s easy to think the world is a terrible place full of horrible people. But then you get the details, and you realize there are some amazing people out there too. Sometimes, tragedy shows us what people are made of.
In a world where people massacre complete strangers, including a six-year-old little girl, it’s a blessing to hear the stories of Matt McQuinn and Jon Blunk, two young men who gave their lives to save the lives of their girlfriends.
McQuinn was just 27 years old, but he was obviously already a great man — he died after jumping in front of his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, who received a gunshot wound to the leg. Samantha was a lucky young woman — she had McQuinn to protect her, and her own older brother, Nick Yowler, also shielded his sister. Thank God, he wasn’t hurt.
Jon Blunk, a former military man who planned to re-enlist, also died protecting his girlfriend, Jansen Young, who said he pushed her under a seat and shielded her when the shooting started. She knows she would have died if he hadn’t been there, telling the Today show, “He is the guy that would take a bullet for you. He did the right thing all the time. I know I would not be here today if Jon had not been next to me in that movie theater.”
So, we can look at pictures of the shooter and say his name and remember him, or we can focus on the pictures and names of these young men, and probably many others, who sacrificed themselves for people they loved. It’s nice to know that in this crappy world, there are still heroes. Hopefully their parents can take some some comfort knowing that all across this country, people are saying their sons’ names, looking at their pictures, and thinking what amazing young men they were.
So I’m going to focus on these names — Matt McQuinn, Nick Fowler, and Jon Blunk — and forget the name of the guy who killed them.
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