Despite politically correct attempts to neutralize gender differences and to obliterate sex distinctions, this past summer (in July 2012) we saw the God-given male instinct to protect once again rear its head. In an Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, young men instinctively protected the women. The manly internal compass and code to rescue and to protect kicked in, the way it does in less complicated superhero tales. At least 4 of the 12 victims of the shooting died because they were physically protecting the women they came to the movie with.
- Alex Teves, 24, used his body as a shield to cover his girlfriend. He was shot, and she survived.
- John Larimer, 27, did the same—sacrificing his life for his girlfriend,
- Matthew Robert McQuinn threw his body in front of his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler. He too was killed, and she was pulled to safety by her brother, Nick Yowler.
- Jonathan Blunk, 26, pushed his girlfriend, Jansen Young, under a seat. Again, he was killed, and she got out after the shooting was over.
More Than Chivalry. This was Masculine Instinct.
Newspapers have described what happened in the theater as “chivalry.” But it’s clearly much more than that. Chivalry is better understood as a code of conduct connected to social propriety. Throwing your body in front of your girlfriend when people all around you are getting shot is not simply masculine protocol—it’s a God-given instinct that it is more basic, primitive, deeper, and instinctual.
Thank you Alex, John, Matthew, and Jonathan for sacrificing your lives for the women you were with and for reminding us once again that there are still good men out there who instinctively know their role of providing and protecting as men!