Time To Be Thankful For Our Blessings
In trying to put into words my feelings about Thanksgiving, I tend to draw a blank. Not because I have nothing to be thankful for, but because there is so much, I don't even know where to start.
However, there is one thing that stands high on my list. I am eternally thankful that there are still people like Dan McKown here in the United States.
If Dan's name doesn't quite ring a bell, let me jog your memory. Yesterday in a mall in Tacoma, Washington, a drugged up nut case walked into a crowded shopping mall with a rifle and a handgun, intending to shoot as many people as possible.
Not all of the details are clear, but Dan took it on himself to put his life at risk, and nearly paid the ultimate price in attempting to get this loser stopped. Dan took this heroic step to protect total strangers.
Unfortunately, Dan ended up taking three or four 9mm's at point blank range. The druggie then fired a few more rounds into the crowd, but fortunately no one was seriously injured.
After a hostage situation in a mall music store, the slime ball was finally taken into custody.
As I write this, Dan is in an induced coma, and has had several operations. He may never walk again.
Dan didn't take this risk for money, or for publicity, but because he knew it was the right thing to do.
Thank God that we still have people in this country who are willing step up to the plate, put their life on the line if need be, and know that regardless of the risk, it was the right thing to do.
That's something for which we can all be mightily thankful.
Thank you, Dan, for reminding us that men like you still exist, sometimes we forget........
FOLLOWUP: A fund has been established to help the family pay for Dan's medical bills.
You can donate to any Bank of America branch to the "Dan McKown Medical Fund"