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After this past Sunday, James Shaw Jr. never had to do another valiant thing in his life to be considered a legendary hero.

Shaw rushed a gunman dressed only in a green coat and armed with an AR-15 at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee around 3:30 on Sunday morning.

He then “grabbed the gun’s barrel, pulled it away and threw it over the Waffle House counter,” the Tennessean reported.

Four people died in the attack — which a man named Travis Reinking is accused of perpetrating — but Shaw is credited with saving many more lives, all while taking a gunshot wound and burns from grabbing the hot barrel of the gun.

That’s enough in one lifetime to be considered a hero. But James Shaw Jr. didn’t stop there. Thanks to a GoFundMe campaign, he’s raised over $100,000 for the families of those affected by Sunday’s shootings.

Much like the man himself, the campaign’s language is unassuming.

“My name is James Shaw Jr. I am creating this page to help the families of the victims from the Shooting that took place at Waffle House in Antioch, TN,” the page reads. “Please take the time to donate as all of the proceeds will be given to the families. Thank you again for your generosity and blessings!”

The page includes a picture of the Waffle House with police tape around the scene.

Perhaps predictably, Shaw has been very clear about the fact he doesn’t consider what he did anything special.

“I’m not a hero. I’m just a regular person, and I think anybody could have did what I did if they are just pushed into that kind of cage,” Shaw said during a news conference.

“You have to either react or you’re going to fold, and I chose to react because I didn’t see any other way of living, and that’s all I wanted to do. I just wanted to live.”

Shaw told The Tennessean that the first time he cried came when a paramedic asked him a simple question while taking his blood pressure.

“He asked if I had kids,” Shaw Jr. said. “I thought I could have possibly never seen my daughter again. That hurt.”

“It feels selfish,” he added. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”

Yes, four people are dead and many more are injured, but Shaw turned what could have been one of America’s worst mass shootings into a moment of pure heroism.

If you want to donate to the GoFundMe account, the page is here.

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Steven April 26, 2018
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It is the CONSERVATIVEFIGHTERSS in the URL that is being controlled by Facebook. Put in a space to get it through.
Shirley Chapian April 25, 2018
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Unable to post this on Facebook because they said some people found it abusive! How sick is that!!!
Joseph Vigue April 25, 2018
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James Shaw Jr., yes, you are a hero for saving who knows how many lives (even if your own was 1 of them). You are also a hero for raising so much money for the families of the deceased. God knows they will sure be able to use it. As a veteran, it gives me great pleasure to say to you----THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!! May you, your beautiful (and proud) daughter and your entire family have God's blessings and great lives!
Sandi Hodnett April 25, 2018
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What a hero!!! God bless him! I tried to share this article on Facebook, but got this message: (I suppose the wound he has on his arm from his heroic action is too much for FB.) Warning: This Message Contains Blocked Content . Your message couldn't be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.
Tom Cooke April 25, 2018
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You are a hero! Heros take to action and that is exactly what you did! Sir, I salute you!
Harry Townsend April 25, 2018
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Dear President Trump, Please recognize James Shaw Jr. as a real American hero to show the negative people in this country what a real man and hero James Shaw is, because I doubt the mainstream media will even care, but we do! Thank you.
John Isbell April 25, 2018
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People like Jim Shaw are the reason Tennesee is called the Volunteer State. They do what is right because it's in their nature and they don't have to be asked to do it.
Donna April 25, 2018
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Mr. Shaw is definitely a hero in my eyes. God Bless You.
Abner T Yokum April 25, 2018
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The amazing part? How many people (aka liberals, 'educators', blm, politicians et al) would think this guy's a stupid failure and a fool for taking steps to defend himself and others? I'm still waiting for the feature story to come out on CNN--NOT!! Too many. This guy represents all that's good about this country. And too many want to change that. I hope God stays on this man's shoulder...
john April 25, 2018
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look at the picture above and you will see the picture of a very brave man----A TRUE HERO !!!!!
Jon J Anderson April 25, 2018
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This is the man Black Lives Matter should b e showcasing ..Kudos!
Linda Nitzschke April 25, 2018
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If he weren't a hero, he'd have looked for a back door so he could run away...or just hidden from view. He most definitely is a hero.
Joy April 25, 2018
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What a wonderful person - and, indeed, what a tremendous ROLE MODEL for other young African-American men and women!! God guided him at that moment and in that time. It was nothing short of a miracle, and I think he feels that way himself. May he live to see his beautiful young daughter grown into a beautiful woman!
Ron Hunter April 25, 2018
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A hero is an ordinary person who, when confronted by danger, or crisis, acts in the best interest of himself, and those around him, often at the risk of his own life, and takes care of the situation. Shaw did this, and, whether or not HE thinks so, IS A HERO.
Marsha April 25, 2018
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May God bless you many times over. Thank you from the heart of someone who believes you a true hero.
CF

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