Trigger Warnings/Disclaimers: I’m NOT a clinically trained professional in medical, mental health, law enforcement and public safety, I’m an activist, and “armchair” one, at that.
IF, anyone you know or suspect is in crisis and is capable of hurting themselves or others, PLEASE contact 911, immediately and/or for my out of the country readers, emergency services, in your country.
And NO, I don’t expect the whole entire world to read what I say. I put things out in the universe in hopes that it helps people and if it does, then, I’ve fufilled my intention and purpose.
I honestly thought that one of my biggest fears was personally, to go viral.
I’m a flawed reclusive activist on a GOOD day.
On a bad day, I’m a quiet multi-complex disabled chick, who spends a lot of time at home, alone.
But now, my second to biggest fear, is truthfully people becoming used to massacres, that they become apathetic, because they default to that, because they can’t sustain how scary they are.
My first biggest fear, is NOW that we are going to be nation that has daily massacres and instead of TRYING to come together on solutions that might help prevent these tragedies over and over again, people are going to argue to no frutiful purpose of who’s more right, while more people continue to DIE.
I personally think that to trying to help prevent these tragedies requires multiple things being discussed without demonization or stigmatization:
Mental Health: As it applies to whether people are “snapping” or have a violent history, of how to handle feelings of rage and rejection. And to talk about open and honestly what is abnormal about human behaviors that can lead to deaths and what is needed for prevention and potential rehabilitation before people act in a violent manner, if that’s possible.
Gun Control: Yes, I do believe it’s part of the equation, I’ve never NOT believed in gun control. The only reason why I don’t say more, truthfully, is because as an activist, I fear the day when someone uses a bomb to kill multiple people, such as acts like 9/11 and Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 and that becoming more common place, instead of guns. So I subscribe personally, to finding people who kill, more terrifying, than their weapon/s of choice.
But I honestly believe, we have to learn how to listen to other people and learn how to agree to disagree, peacefully.
Because , if normally people who are considered mild mannered individuals can’t learn how to do that, we can’t expect people who are in crisis, to do so.
We may NOT ever have a prayer of teaching people in crisis, with a propensity to be violent, of a better way, but it doesn’t even seem like that we are even trying to do so, in an honest non judgemental way without stigma, that can hopefully help people before they end up killing someone or a lot of people.
Every situation that could be potentially volatile and/or fatal to someone, needs it’s own unique perspective on what’s the best course of action, other than what I’ve said before and that is, NOT giving people who commit these crimes, any attention, once they’re captured, as I do believe there is a social media component that comes into play, that wasn’t around before the digital era to these horrific massacres.
So I’m starting a conversation, that I hope others who are way more qualified than I am, will join in, in hopes for prevention of loss of life and for healing for the survivors of these tragedies.