Three men shot while shielding their girlfriends during Aurora, Colorado shooting

From the NY Daily News. (H/T Doug G. and Joe C.)

Here’s one of the stories:

Three survivors of the Colorado movie-theater massacre escaped with minor wounds, but were left with broken hearts because their heroic boyfriends died saving them.

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.”

[…]Jansen Young, 21, said Blunk took her to see Friday’s midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” to celebrate her graduation from veterinarian school. As the black-clad killer burst into the theater and unleashed tear gas and a torrent of indiscriminate gunfire, Blunk selflessly protected his girlfriend.

He pushed Jansen on the ground and under her seat, then threw his body on top of her, the mother said. “He was 6-feet-2, in incredible shape, which is why he was able to push her down under the seats of the theater,” the mother said. “He pushed her down on the floor and laid down on top of her and he died there.”

[…]Equally heroic was the 24-year-old [Alex] Teves, who hurled his girlfriend to the floor as bullets whizzed through the theater.

“He pushed her to the floor to save her and he ended up getting a bullet,” said his aunt, Barbara Slivinske, 57. “He was gonna hit the floor himself, but he never made it.”

[…]Samantha Yowler had a similar story of horror and heroism about her boyfriend, Matt McQuinn, whose last living act was to shield her from death. Yowler, 26, survived with a gunshot wound to the knee and is in fair condition after undergoing surgery.

This makes me sad, that self-sacrificial men should be killed by a criminal like this. It would have been better all around if the movie theater allowed the three heroes to carry their own weapons so that they could have shot back at the criminal. Not only would that have saved lives, but it would have deterred the assailant from even trying such a course of action. This story shows what we have to pay as a society when we prevent innocent law-abiding people from defending themselves from violent crooks.

11 thoughts on “Three men shot while shielding their girlfriends during Aurora, Colorado shooting”

    1. As a feminist, I wish there were more of such men and that they did not die such a brutal death. it is sad that societies are not able to protect the morally strong from those who have undue access to power. Such a plight of good men sends a very poor message to future generations.


  1. The next time a feminist talks about male privilege, show them this example of female privilege. Society is making heroes out of these guys who sacrificed themselves for their girlfriends. I wonder why we almost never hear of women sacrificing themselves for their boyfriends.


    1. With all due respect, women have always sacrificed for men! Not necessarily in a heroic way like here, but in so many other ways. Besides, it is not about men and women, it is about love. Anyone in love is willing to die for the one they love.


      1. You just crapped on your own point, Aditi. There’s your so-called “sacrifice” which you’ve admitted is not heroic and then there’s sacrifice; The self-sacrifice which ends in death is called the ultimate sacrifice for a reason and men do it–and seem to be expected to do it–all the time. By the way, it’s most definitely not true that “anyone in love is willing to die for the one they love.”


  2. Nice story – but don’t you think 4+ people shooting in a crowded poorly lit theater while everyone starts running around would have ended good? How would anyone know who the real shooter is after a second or two? Look at police shootings – they unload clip after clip, sometimes firing hundreds of rounds only to hit the perp a minor fraction of the times. I imagine if the first person with a concealed carry shot and killed the perp that others would have mistaken the now hero for the bad guy and he gets gunned down only to have this pattern continue as others get up and start shooting and having their shots returned.


      1. I agree – I’m just arguing against your point that having armed people in the theater would have helped. I think that the killer would have still killed a bunch before getting killed himself only to have the patrons then turn on each other out of confusion and fear.

        I know it’s standard reaction to start asking what could we have done to stop this. Some will argue gun control while others will argue arming everyone – both arguments in my position would have failed in this situation. Many said they initially thought it was part of the movie – someone dressed like joker “storming the theater.”

        Even if we could have the power of the wizards in Harry potter and wave a wand make all firearms disappear, crazy people will still find a way – vehicles coming to mind. If there were no guns, he could have waited until the crowds were leaving and try to run people over, etc.

        We have to accept that bad things happen and in some (many?) cases there is nothing we can do – it’s this feeling of powerlessness that people dislike.


  3. There is heroes like in Aurora: Satwant Singh Kaleka, Amanat Singh, and Abhay Singh. Kaleka gave his life stopping the gunman and saving many lives! Amanat and Abhay Singh saved lives by warning them to hide and get away!


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