February 9, 2013

POY Winners: Terror Comes Home


I don’t know how I missed this. This July 2012 photo, by R.J. Sangosti for the Denver Post, received a Picture of the Year award yesterday. We’re looking at Chantal Blunk, whose husband, Naval officer Jonathan Blunk, wasn’t killed in Kabul or Helmand or Kandahar or Ghazni or Wardak or Khost but in the Dark Knight theater shooting in Aurora.

My question is: with Sandy Hook and literally thousands of shootings on our radar now, was there a clearer message that a “war on terror” had returned home?

(update: quotations added.)

(photo: RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post. caption: Chantel Blunk, wife of Jonathan Blunk, waits Friday on the tarmac at Denver International Airport as her husband’s body is about to be loaded into a plane to fly to Reno, Nev for his full military funeral. Blunk, a five-year U.S. Navy veteran , was killed during a July 20 shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora.)

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