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James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed a gunman on a murderous rampage at a
Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday, also happens to be vegan.


Shaw had been out with friends the night before, and they went to eat in the early hours of Sunday morning.

An unclothed man opened fire shortly after the group arrived.

Despite the
shooter having already killed four people, Shaw moved quickly to disarm him and
throw the gun out of his reach.

Police say
Shaw’s bravery and quick thinking likely saved several lives.

cool guy’

A Tennessee
State University graduate, and father to a four-year-old daughter, Shaw has been praised
as a ‘hero’ since the story was shared on social media.

One university
professor took to twitter and wrote: “OMG! Tennessee State University alumnus James
Shaw Jr – my former student! Just when I thought I couldn’t love you more.”

with reporters, Shaw simply said that he thinks he’s ‘a pretty cool guy’ – although he does deny the title of ‘hero’, and maintains that he simply did what he needed to in order to stay alive.

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Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.