Saturday, October 3, 2015

New Heroes

We can't express enough our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family and friends of those lost this week in the UCC Shooting tragedy.  To lose innocent lives whose purpose is to learn, to educate themselves, to pull themselves up in this world - is something that should be mourned, remembered, and hopefully, learned from.

I think too, it's important that we should talk about the heroics of those that saved lives, for once.  Stop highlighting the killers and murders first, who only want the spot light - it only feeds into future copy cats.

Instead, we are going to focus on the teachers and students who locked doors, and those that put their entire bodies in the way, such as Army vet Chris Mintz, we thank them for risking their own lives to protect our future.  These are the people who should be talked about today -

As a gunman went from classroom to classroom opening fire on students at Oregon's Umpqua Community College Thursday, Chris Mintz knew he had to do something.

When the gunman, Chris Harper Mercer, tried to enter the army veteran's class, Mintz, 30, told the students in his classroom to get to a safe place and said, "you're not getting by me."

"He ran to the library and pulled the alarms and he was telling people to run, grabbing people, telling them, 'You just have to go,'" witness Hannah Miles told ABC News.

Witnesses said he charged at the shooter.

"At that point, the shooter shot (Mintz) five times and the shooter moved on and apparently didn't go in to that classroom," Pastor Dennis Kreiss told People. "I applaud the guy's heroism. He may have saved the people in that classroom."

He probably never expected to be an American Hero, but he is now.