They were plunging their fingers into the bullet holes in people’s bodies in order to stop them from bleeding out from their wounds.
They were covering people with their own bodies so that these confused, wounded, and frightened people could have a chance to survive; some were even wounded as they did this.
Roommates, Amy McAslin and Krystal Goddard were near the stage when an unknown man came and covered them. He had been hit, and he bled out on Krystal's clothing.
"A gentleman -- I don't know his name -- he completely covered me," McAslin told CNN. "He covered my face. He said, 'I've got you.'
"Just truly incredible, (a) stranger, jumping over me to protect me."
He was eventually taken away by paramedics. We don't know if he survived. Even with the thought of impending death, he stayed and tried to protect and cover someone else. Who is this man?
Another story that affected me was that of fifty-three-year-old Mike McGarry from Philadelphia. As soon as shots began to fire, McGarry threw himself on top of his children to protect them. “
"They're 20. I'm 53," McGarry told Reuters. "I lived a good life."
The Washington Post reported that McGarry had footprints on the back of his shirt from where the crowd stepped on him while he laid atop his children.
Mike Cronk used his shirt to try and stop the bleeding after his friend was shot three times in the chest.
These heroes grabbed people up by their hands and led them away. Some just showed up and without any words, picked people up and threw them on their own backs and carried them from danger, and then they went back. They kept going back like Jonathan Smith, a 30-year-old father who saved 30 people at the concert before he was struck by a bullet that remains lodged in his neck.
WHO DOES THIS?
Who runs into a hail of bullets coming directly at them? It wasn’t just one or two or even three people, there were so very many people who walked straight into this danger and did what just seemed right to them. They had no idea if they would die, and many did.
These are my kind of Superheroes! I want to say that in a time when giving allegiance and saying oaths are devalued, many of these folks had already lifted their hands and or had their hand resting on their heart during an oath given— from nurses and doctors to service men and women. I believe that they did what they had too. For these people, there was only one choice— they served.
When I compare these men and women who served to people who have manufactured a false pride and meaning to their social justice work, they seem to have no sense of the eternal value of their choices.
Antifa and those who mustered their courage to set fire to police cars, to stop traffic and ambulances, to loot stores, and attack people for their color, politics, or uniform in the name of social justice are cowards. Compare it to the acts of heroism that you have seen from this tragedy in Las Vegas.
I am in awe of these real warriors and heroes. They are nurses, teachers, doctors, truck drivers, students, husbands and wives, friends, and lovers. The "quiet guy," the "joker," the lady in front of you at the grocery store, veterans, off-duty law enforcement— everyday citizens who came to enjoy some music. For the experienced they just rose to the occasion; it wasn't anything new, and for others that had never been in a situation like this, they rose up as well. They learned from those around them drawing deeply from within, and working together. Thats how it is done.
For those still believing in their value as some social justice warrior, I challenge you. You are not a warrior. The beliefs and behaviors you hold are not sustainable. The men and women of Las Vegas are the true warriors— they are the fighters for life.
Instead of wasting my energy on who isn’t standing at football games, I will be awaiting the real stories of these men and women who chose to STAND and deliver the very best of themselves for their fellow man. WWJD? They just did.
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A Patriots Journey- J.D. Jackson