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James Shaw Jr. is a hero in the eyes of many, and he was honored Tuesday morning at Tennessee’s State Capitol. Shaw, who was unarmed, courageously took down an man armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic machine gun, who was in the process of shooting down and killing four people of color, and injuring others. The massacre took place in an Antioch Waffle House on Sunday morning. WSMV in Nashville reports:

The mayor of Nashville and the CEO of Waffle House both sung his praises the day he wrestled an AR-15 out of the gunman’s hands, burning his own hands on the gun barrel. He was also grazed by a bullet during the attack.

Shaw was honored with a resolution on the House floor at 11 a.m.

The resolution reads:

“If a hero is ‘a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character,’ then James Shaw Jr. is a hero twice over, for he has demonstrated both his courage and character in a manner few could ever attempt to emulate.”

If you watch the full video of the ceremony, you will see Shaw say that he does not consider himself a hero. In tears and with incredible humility and integrity, Shaw says he wasn’t trying to save the lives of others—he was trying to save his own. 

Who admits something like that? A real hero.

Shaw now looks to the future and say the the honor means a lot to him. He calls what happened “a life-changing moment,” adding, “I’m going to try to use this moment as a platform to bring awareness to shootings and just violence.”

In order to raise money for the Waffle House shooting victims, Shaw set up a GoFundMe page which has already raised over $100k. Click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

WSMV adds there was another act of kindness today, by a man in New York who was moved by Shaw’s heroism.

He wrote, “I normally don’t get involved directly in these matters, but James’ grace has inspired me to start this page to give him the support I feel he deserves. According to news reports, James has a 4-year-old daughter. Perhaps this money can be used for her college fund or some other education-related expense. But I’d be just as happy if James used some of this money to take his family on a nice vacation.”

Click here to visit his GoFundMePage.

Cheers to James Shaw Jr.—a hero on many levels. He’s winning hearts around the country and, as news travels, around the world.

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