Judge Roll was ‘intentionally trying to help [Giffords aide Ronald] Barber,’ adding, ‘It’s very clear to me the judge was thinking of his fellow human more than himself.’
The judge guides Mr. Barber to the ground, shields him with his body, and then tries to push himself and Mr. Barber away from the gunman, who was no more than three to four feet away as he fired, Mr. Kastigar said.
‘He pushes Mr. Barber with his right hand and guides him with his left hand. The judge was on top of him and is covering up Mr. Barber, literally lying on top of him, and his back was exposed,’ Mr. Kastigar said.
The judge was shot in the back." --NYT account quoted in HE
The HE author, John Hayward, makes the very Chestertonian comment:
...Loughner was obsessed with the paranoid delusions retailed in the now-infamous film Zeitgeist, including 9/11 conspiracy theories. To believe sincerely in such things is to move outside of the civilized world, which becomes an incomprehensible mechanism of conspiracy and evil. The light of civilization is beyond endurance to those who choose to live in such deep shadows.
It’s Judge John Roll who surpasses my understanding. He’s the one we should be trying to figure out.
Most of us know the quote "....greater love than this no man has, that he lay down his life for a friend."
Damn few of us step up and actually make it happen.