I am not sure what I could say on this topic to truly express the (odd) feelings I have regarding DC's passing. Odd, because I never knew him, truly. I only knew the characters he portrayed, Adam and Stuart Chandler. Odd, yet, here I sit, heart heavy, eyes misty. Because he was one of my "family." My grandmother and mother watched All My Children as I grew up. After I had become a serious watcher, it took me a few months, but I realized I was watching for Adam; a feeling I so keenly noticed when he was gone that final network year. He not only gave us two vastly different characters in Adam and Stuart, but he also constantly found new layers inside each of them. He was AMC's "JR Ewing," but he was so much more as Adam. "Blast it, woman!" He was AMC's naive innocent, but he found the depths of Stuart as more than just a simpleton. He was a constant presence on the show, if not front and center, ranting and raving in the background; pleading with Brooke, arguing with Hayley, sparring with Palmer, flirting with Erica. Like one of the family. Like soaps are meant to be. Family. This is what current soap-makers do not get. We aren't passing down the soaps, as from my grandmother to my mother to me. Odd, because when AMC left, part of my "family" left too. These actors/characters in this genre have such a peculiar role they play in our lives. Seemingly a friend, but oddly, no. Mr. Canary had a sense of this, as he so eloquently said in that first Emmy video above. Such a master as an actor. Such a class act as a human being. He will be missed, yes, but it is the passing of our "family" that I equally miss.
So is this what Ben Carson would have done? This guy is lucky and courageous, and perhaps he saved a person or two...but I don't see how rushing someone WITH A GUN is the answer here. The shooters don't CARE if they DIE; therefore, how many shooters will be deterred by thinking, "Hmmm...the last guy was killed when a dozen of them rushed him and brought him down...maybe I better not stockpile all of these weapons and make elaborate plans to open fire at school....hmmm..." (scroll down for the answer)
Although I preferred Mattson's Janet overall, this was back when Collins still played the character as a character and not as a caricature. Collins was on fire from the well on until she left as "Nattie"/Janet, and should have been recognized for her efforts.