The Borderline Bar and Grill: A Tale of Men and Masculinity

On November 7, 2018, a shooter opened up fire inside a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California. Lives were shed that evening, yet lives were additionally conserved. That conserved them? Just how? What can these heroes teach us? Reporter Abigail Shrier addresses these questions in this effective video.

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The mass capturing at the Borderline Bar and also Grill in Southern California on November 7, 2018 is a story of men and manliness.

Lost in the carnage is a lesson we would all be encouraged to follow. That lesson has little to do with the monster who took lives as well as everything to do with the guys that conserved lives.

The awesome was 28 years of ages, lost, lonely as well as dealing with mama.

He had been a regular at the Borderline Bar as well as Grill. He knew that on Wednesdays– college nation evening– the location would certainly be packed with youngsters dancing as well as laughing. He entered throwing smoke explosives, then unloaded his pistol– fitted with a prohibited extended magazine– right into the crowd.

One of them was 20-year-old Matt Wennerstrom. In interviews, Wennerstrom looks like a typical college student– in reverse baseball cap, gray T-shirt, jaw scruffy with a couple of days’ development.

As soon as he heard the shots, Wennerstrom told ABC News, he understood “specifically what was going on.” He and also some friends ordered everyone they might and also pushed them down behind the swimming pool table, putting their very own bodies in addition to the women. One woman, who was celebrating her 21st birthday, told Good Morning America: “There were several guys who obtained on their knees and also pretty much obstructed everyone with their back towards the shooter, prepared to take a bullet for every single among us.”

When the shooter stopped briefly to reload, Wennerstrom got hold of a bar stool as well as threw it with a window. He and his friends drew 30 to 35 people to safety and security. After getting each group safely to the parking area, Wennerstrom and his pals returned for even more.

A reporter asked Wennerstrom exactly how he knew promptly what was going on in the loud, jampacked bar. “Instinct, I guess,” he said. “I’m below to shield my good friends, my household, my fellow people, as well as I know where I’m going if I pass away, so I was not fretted to give up. All I wished to do is obtain as lots of people out of there as feasible.”

This is the maleness we so typically hear denigrated. It takes as its duty the physical defense of others, particularly ladies. This masculinity does not await spoken approval or invitation to push a person out of damage’s method.

It sends out hundreds of firefighters racing up the Twin Towers to conserve individuals they’ve never met. And also it sent Sgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office rushing right into Borderline Bar and Grill, where the shooter was waiting for him.

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