- Mrs Hedgehog
- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
In reguard to the post talking about the father who dropped his baby, ran out of the theater and drove off after the shooting, I gotta say, I am shocked by some of the reactions.
The man was in shock. He was reacting instictually to flee and didn’t have time to process anything. Do I think what he did was right? No. But do I think he was in any frame of mind to think anything through during the shooting? No. It is obvious that the man was in shock is the shooting and did what any normal person would do. He acted irratically and out of character.
If you were to get into a major car accident on the highway and where able to get out, would you immediatly check to make sure every person involved is allright while sitting on the phone with 911? Or would you freak out, and think “I need help” and attempt to run across a busy highway? People have. Would you? Who knows. Chances are it isn’t the first one. Atleast, not completely. People do crazy things while they are in shock.
Men have carried limbs of their dismembered and dead buddies in battle across gunfire simply looking for somebody to “save johnny” because they were in shock and unable to process the situation and the fact that “johnny” was dead. Does that make sense? No. Has it happened? Yes.
A mother who was going to be late to an important meeting and hadn’t finished putting her make-up on got into a pretty serious car accident left her baby in the car but made sure to take her lipstick with her because she couldn’t go to the meeting looking like a mess. She was lucky that somebody stopped her before she walked into traffic.
People have stood completely still and been unabe to move at all because what they were faced with was too much for their brain to process. They have stood in the middle of the road as a car was headed at them or straight at a gunman mowing people down.
Would we all like to think we would do the right thing and protect our family? Absolutely. If you asked me right now, sitting on my couch in my currenly safe home if I would have grabbed my baby and ran, the answer would be absolutely, without a doubt yes. I would rather die trying to save my child than live leaving them behind. In the situation? Who knows?!
So, before you judge this man who, obviously was destroyed by his actions when he was able to think more clearly and realized what he had done, and who reacted irrationaly and out of character, try being in that kind of situation and tell me you would do everything perfectly. Do some people do all the right things? Yes. Do some people put others before themselves? Yes. I commend those people for being able to think so clearly in a time of crisis. But not everybody can. And this man obviously couldn’t.
And before you say “but he drove off. That requires some thought.” Shock can last hours, days, weeks, or however long it takes for that persons brain to cope with what the hell just happened. Some people never recover. And have you ever been driving and suddenly realized you were home but didn’t remember making the turns to get there? You can drive even if you aren’t completely aware of where you are or what you are doing.