Essay On Heroism And Valor Shooting

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Every choice you make in your life has a consequence, and each consequence affects how your life will be. Everyone has to make quick choices that will affect not only themselves but everyone around them at one point in their life. These decisions can be scary and can come at a great risk to those who chose them. On Thursday October 1, 2015, there was a shooting at Umpqua Community College. When the shooting started many of the people began to run away from the shooting, however; Chris Mintz a 10-year Army veteran was poised with a life changing decision. He had to choose whether to run and most likely save himself or to stall the gunman saving numerous lives by allowing them to escape and keeping the gunman 's focus on him. Chris chose to stall the shooter by standing in a door way and talking to him. Chris attempted to reason with him but to no avail. The shooter was not persuaded by Chris 's reasoning and shot Chris multiple times. "In all Chris was shot seven times trying to protect others. Authorities credit Chris with delaying the shooter and in doing so likely saved numerous lives."(JonathanTurley.org) Even though Chris essentially…show more content…
There is an old saying by Edmund Burke is that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. This is true however in both of the cases of heroism and valor in the face of evil and danger good men did something. In Umpqua a 10-year Army veteran stalled a crazed gunman from getting into classrooms immediately and doing what he planned to do. This shows that when evil rises to cause damage to innocence a few good men will rise to stop evil no matter the cost. Chris Mintz allowed a multitude of innocent civilians time to run to safety at the expense of his own. In France on a train three childhood friends that were on vacation together saved a train full of people from a gunman. These men risked their lives and well-being for the lives of the innocents that were caught in a horrible act of
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