Brooks acknowledges that he wouldn’t make any effort to rescue a child being raped. Well, not in so few words, of course. In many, many self-justifying words.
And it’s true that many talkers wouldn’t walk the walk in the actual event. Even with good intentions, some people are very susceptible to shock. I don’t look down on panickers just because they’re useless (or worse) in emergencies.
But this thoughtful post explains why McQuery (and evidently Brooks) is morally inferior. What did he do when the shock wore off? When he saw Sandusky with more boys in tow?
Yes, a lot of tough-talkers are lying to themselves and would actually flee. But there’s no doubting what David would do, eh?
(For the record, I would interrupt the rape of a boy or girl. Heck, probably the rape of David Brooks. The only delay would be gathering appropriate weaponry.)