Valentine’s Day Massacre

After a horrible Valentine’s Day shooting in Florida that has left at least 17 dead, I mull over the discussion around guns, mental health, and the contrast in messaging that occurs depending on who the shooter is.

Transcript (Unedited)

Hello everyone is Tyler Bryden here on a Saturday afternoon February seventeenth 2018 at Innovation Works. I did a little bit of stuff this morning but one to pop into the office here this afternoon and just sort of continue this habit of creating taken some time to myself and putting some content out there and you know trying to address some things that I’m thinking about and I think that you know really realistically the world in general and.

That big week was a big week with what happened in the world and and one of the main things that young people are talking about and rightly so is his what happened down in Florida here and obvious if you if you didn’t see it was another mass shooting has been on a lot of them lately and a lot over the last scene of seemingly five years said just keep.

Cropping and popping up every now you know every several weeks here and so.

It was really interesting about this instance, in particular, is just how much about how much the conversation has been about mental health and mental illness and I think.

You know I think that’s a really important thing when I think that’s also you know a stark contrast when we see someone who is an immigrant.

Isn’t you know darker at I. part of our religion that is an inherent in our country and not really an extremist and I think it’s really interesting to see the play of you know when it’s sort of a normal American person who or someone considered an American a normal American person you know commits a crime like this that the conversation is a lot different than you know if it is an immigrant or if it’s someone who is been radicalized by me no radicalized by Islam and just to see that.

No the discourse of it the reaction from you know both sides and I think you know I think that’s you know saying that both sides I think is one of the big problems that we’re facing is that you know we’ve made we made this a very binary.

Sort of system in world that were living in and so forth you’ve got here on the right side who know they want to keep their guns they wanna have guns I think you know I think people are trying to take their guns away and they want for protection they wanted for safety and they want to be okay yes if something happened something breaks down that they know that they still got defense and I think that that makes a lot of sense I think.

We’re living in a pretty bow tie world it seems to continue to be that way and so for me that.

I get that I get that understanding that you want to be able to protect yourself especially when it seems like you know maybe the people who are supposedly protecting you or the people who were I’d have a little bit more control in the world aren’t really doing a good job of that and so.

I see I really do see that side and you know I consider myself.

Independent of no obvious and first of all I’m not American Canadian but I see myself sort of very independent of sort of this too very binary systems we see him of course the other side we here are you know people who you know don’t think people should have guns and you know this and this is me trying to put it in that binary place they don’t want to have guns if the guns are dangerous you know if you have guns you know the rest for something happening like what happens in Florida goes up and of course I mean I agree with all of that site as well to it makes.

Perfect sense statistically you look you have a bunch down guns.

There’s probably going to be a bunch more shooting so we’ve seen not you know it’s not just it’s not a.

I debated thing anymore statistically if you lower the number of guns in a country amount of shootings will go down fewer people will be hurt and fewer people will die and I think.

The fact that.

This binary system that we put in has made us overlooked does fax is just so crazy and so the discussion that really what has seemingly come up.

From you know this week’s events and I’m going to call this shot through the heart because you know it’s Valentine’s day when this happened a day that’s supposed to be about love about you know connection about sharing time with someone that you enjoy spending time a week we had something like this and it’s really I think a representative of the state that we are in as you know as-as a world right now it’s pretty.

It’s pretty hectic it’s pretty divided and these days that we should be celebrating our turning ending to the side you know obviously horrible tragedy here where we seen you know at least seventeen people died in.

You know young children you know seeing a story about you know this teacher who you know dedicated his life to the students and you know lost his life doing that and you know it’s really disappointing to see when-when you’re supposed to be having days like this something happens and you know what that.

You know what that discourse in what that discussion has been about has been about now has been about mental health and I think one of the big things that we’ve seen it’s been different in this story is with this miss Cruz character who-who what when did this be that he had a dramatic history where.

The signs were very obvious he had been expelled from school he has mono mom had called the cops on him because of his violin outrages he had a reputation in the school he was posting you know common sign now and read it and you don’t share pictures of guns on is on is profile on Instagram in.

The signs where FBI you know after the eyes got tips about this guy received over twenty tips and calls that me know that there was something wrong with this kid and so I think rightly so this conversation has shifted into of course gun control and I think that is you know to me I mean are for myself and I think for a lot of people it’s just.

Common sense will why-why can I you know how old is he could seventeen years old like pop up with an air fifteen after he’s had a history of mental illness and.

The buying air fifteen at you know a semi-automatic rifle and you know plow down seventeen of his own classmates are you know.

Get that out of there do you know why would we why would we continue that why would we have that as part of our society why-why does anyone really need an air fifteen why is anyone needs a semi-automatic rifle I get why.

I want to have guns to protect himself and said if it gets to a dire situation but you don’t need you don’t need a semi-automatic rifle that’s going to put a hole in a whole family like it just doesn’t make any sense cell.

You know what are those other discussions that need to take place one of those other things that need to happen and I think that’s where it’s come back to this you know mental health and mental illness and there’s been a lot of.

A lot of people talking about do you know the fact that this new administration is actually lowered the standards for people actually accessing guns and you know I think that’s really disappointing.

Thing to you know thing to take place it just doesn’t make any sense but I guess we can come to expect that from the from the current administration and you know if we’re not going to.

Tackle it from the gun side can we look at it from the mental health side you know as-as long as this NRA keeps pushing as long as we have the current administration as long as Republicans just will seem to you know seem to ignore facts.

There are you know sort of.

Glaringly obvious for most people we’re gonna have guns I don’t think guns are going to be leaving American where we’re lucky to be kick **** Canadian where we don’t people just don’t generally enjoy guns as much and under some pretty strict regulations on who can actually access them.

But you know a big thing that I want to talk about and one thing that you know obviously I care about with you know what I’m what I’m doing in my life and yet just from my own experience is this mental health side of it and.

You know something I’ve been thinking about law and trying to seem like you know how would this.

How could how could this be integrate how could we play this out is you know this idea that you know mental health should have it should be a course or a class or curriculum dedicated solely to that and I think that that’s something that was completely lacking as a generation right now we have and we have mass we have science we have you know even Jim like we have you know things about physical health and we have practical you know things like math and science but.

In reality, your mental health is one of those things is going to have the biggest impact on your life not just your happiness but your success in your contributions to society and so why would we.

I’m not trying to put that inherently into our education inherently into what are these kids are learning what it does it you know what to me that such a clear cut thing and something that you know we missed out on.

So much in the previous generations we have seen you know we’ve seen you know I’m I’m a millennial but the generation before us and generation force they didn’t talk about the stuff they didn’t know about how much you know if you had trauma in your childhood that could come back an impact you later in life and the fact that we’re learning that stuff now what we’re not teaching it to two kids to people growing up when they’re in that time when they actually need to learn this stuff and really only getting them to address that if they get into a crisis faced state or they have you know they show up down at the school and killed seventeen people like those discussions don’t happen don’t they should be happening now and it’s not waiting to a crisis this has to be prevented event and so.

I know what I would really really want to see is a practical curriculum and not just theory in talking about you know mental health and your feelings about.

So much in the previous generations we seen you know we’ve seen you know I’m I’m a millennial but the generation before us and generation force they didn’t talk about the stuff they didn’t know about how much you know if you had trauma in your childhood that could come back an impact you later in life and the fact that we’re learning that stuff now what we’re not teaching it to two kids to people growing up when they’re in that time when they actually need to learn this stuff and really only getting them to address that if they get into a crisis faced state or they have you know they show up down at the school and killed seventeen people like those discussions don’t happen don’t they should be happening now and it’s not waiting to a crisis this has to be prevented event and so.

I know what I would really really want to see is a practical curriculum and not just theory in talking about you know mental health and your feelings about.

 

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