We've heard the remarkable and heroic stories of the men who died in the Aurora theatre protecting their girlfriends. They are role models whose actions deserve the attention they're getting and who acted in ways men have traditionally been expected to act, to the seeming chagrin and wonder of some.
And then there are these kind of men:
When the shooting broke out, the “gentleman”, who was holding the infant, thought to himself that he was being a larger target (not his words, but along those lines), so he put the infant down and ran away. Away. From his girlfriend and the babies. Out the door. To his car. And then? He drove away. From his ‘family’.
He didn’t see her again until he got to the hospital. Once he got there, he proposed to her, and she accepted.
Oh, did I mention that she was suffering from shrapnel wounds?
And then he goes on national television and gets his 15 seconds (unaware that many people in the nation will think him a coward).
What are your thoughts?
My thoughts are pretty simple. We've been conditioned culturally to look the other way when we see and hear these kinds of stories. To not speak up about them. To not judge.
This guy left his children and his girlfriend in the theatre with a killer. Abandoned them. Walked (actually ran) away.
But we shouldn't judge him. That would be... wrong.
Here... let me be most wrong then.
This guy represents all that a man should never be.
This guy is an embarrassment to men.
This guy is the poster boy for feminized men.
God help him become who he needs to be.