Good evening, or morning,… afternoon…
First, let’s observe a moment of silence for the lives lost in the Las Vegas shooting.
Okay, so just to recap what happen, because I know some of you dear readers are not from America, here is a quick summary:
A lone gunman unleashed a rapid-fire barrage of bullets from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel late Sunday, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500 others attending a country music festival below.
It was the worst mass shooting in modern American history, and it was done by a man whose name was Stephen Craig Paddock.
Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, fired shot after shot from his room at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino down on the crowd of about 22,000, sending terrified concertgoers running for their lives.
Police responded to reports of the shooting just after 10 p.m. (1 a.m. my time, I live on the east coast). Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters Monday that authorities believe Paddock killed himself before police entered his room. Officials had said earlier that police fatally shot Paddock, but no, Paddock killed himself.
Authorities were digging into Paddock’s history. Other than a citation he received several years ago that was “handled as a normal practice” by the courts, he had no criminal background, Lombardo said.
Paddock is believed to have checked into the hotel on Thursday. He had 23 firearms in his room and that investigators found 19 more at his home.
So, Lombardo called him a psychopath.
Well from what I know, he fits some of the characters of personality disorder, so does a lot of people. Calling him a psychopath without having the evidence to back it up is what is leading people to assume that this man “suffered from a mental disorder.” Just like Dylann Roof, by the way. He claimed that he was a sociopath.
First! You cannot self-diagnosis!
Second, of course everyone is going to “have a mental disorder” if it is a way to stop capital punishment (by the way, I do not personally approve of capital punishment, but I am just saying that claiming insanity is a “get out of jail/death” card). Roof, is on the death roll, which I think is dumb cause killing him won’t bring back the lost people, and having suffer would be better. (I am so cruel sometimes, but I also believe we are no one special and should not take lives (again expectations are there)).
Now, he might have made a mental illness, sure. I, personally, don’t think he did.
I had a conversation with a lady on Monday and she stated, “You have to have to have a mental illness to shoot people.”
My answer: “NO!!!!!!” All you have to have to shoot people, is hate.
Hate, my dear readers, IS NOT A MENTAL ILLNESS.
Dylan Roof, is hateful and he is racist. He planned the shooting. Someone who is truly mentally ill will not plan anything. It will be on impulse.
The Las Vegas shooter, might or might not have had a mental illness. However, it looks like he might have planned this out, too. He checked into his hotel room Thursday night, with a clear view of the concert. This is a Las Vegas hotel, IT IS NOT CHEAP!!!! It is the exact opposite of cheap!
Now, did some of the past shooters have a mental illness? Yes! A classic example is Charles Whitman, known as the Texas Tower Shooter.
On July 31, 1966, Whitman wrote a note about his violent impulses, saying, “After my death, I wish an autopsy on me be performed to see if there’s any mental disorders.” The note then described his hatred for his family and his intent to kill them. That night, Whitman went to his mother’s home, where he stabbed and shot her. Upon returning to his own home, he then stabbed his wife to death.
The following morning, Whitman headed for the tower with several pistols and a rifle after stopping off at a gun store to buy boxes of ammunition and a carbine. Packing food and other supplies, he proceeded to the observation platform, killing the receptionist and two tourists before unpacking his rifle and telescope and hunting the people below.
An expert marksman (he had been a Marine), Whitman was able to hit people as far away as 500 yards. For 90 minutes, he continued firing while officers searched for a chance to get a shot at him. By the end of his rampage, 16 people were dead and another 30 were injured.
WAIT…WHAT???? HOW IS THIS ANY DIFFERENT?
Well first, he left a suicide note, because he wanted to die. In his not, he wrote: “I don’t really understand myself these days. I am supposed to be an average reasonable and intelligent young man. However, lately (I can’t recall when it started) I have been a victim of many unusual and irrational thoughts.”
Well, they did perform an autopsy and guess what they found? They found a brain tumor pressing on his amygdala.
Also, this guy is in like EVERY psychology book that I have read.
What does that mean?
The amygdala takes information from the thalamus and interprets it as a threat or not; it produces fear or aggression, the famous “fight or flight” response. Of course, if the amygdala malfunctions, then things which are threatening will not produce a fear response, or harmless events will be interpreted as a threat, producing aggression. Having a tumor pressing on your amygdala can cause it to malfunction.
I’ll do a blog post or blog series explaining each part or… most parts of the brain, eventually.
Does the Las Vegas shooter have a brain tumor? Does Dylan?
Okay, so here is where things get… well… confusing… I don’t know.
Now, before I say anything else, I support the 2nd amendment. It’s like the right to bear arms. It’s in our US Bill Rights which is like the holy text of the United States unless people don’t agree with because of race, gender, etc. etc…
Anyway, so I do support and want my 2nd amendment, like people have died in order for me to have this right, however, I do believe that there should be more screening and people can’t walk into a gun shop or order online or go to a gun show and buy a gun. I also think that people should have the guns required to protect their families. However, not a massive automatic gun.
What about hunting?
Bow and arrows…maybe?
Anything else, it isn’t hunting, it’s murder.
The BIG thing I want to stress. HATE IS NOT A MENTAL ILLNESS. TRYING TO MAKE A NAME OF YOURSELF BY KILLING PEOPLE IS NOT A MENTAL ILLNESS.
A mental illness is:
- staying in bed all day because you don’t see a point in getting up
- not being able to sleep because your mind keeps racing back and forth not giving you a moment of peace
- putting food in your mouth and it not tasting like anything
- sleeping all day and night because you can’t handle life
- seeing things that aren’t there
- hearing things that aren’t there
You get the point.
Mental Illness is NOT:
- shooting people because you are:
- want to be acknowledged by the world
- paid by the some unnamed organization.
- A terrorist attack
- A domestic terrorist attack
Also, I am angry. As you can tell. Why?
- Mental illness already has enough stigma as it is. I know countless of people who are afraid to seek help because there is stigma that comes with it. Claiming that every shooting that happens is a mental illness will create more of a stigma. “Oh, no… he’s depressed… better keep the guns away from him, he might start shooting people.”
- It’s only a mental illness if the shooter is a white male (white female maybe, but not enough to back it up). If it was an African American: he was protesting and angry at the world. A Hispanic: that illegal, this is why we should get rid of them (even if person was BORN IN AMERICA). A person from the Middle East: TERRORIST.
So, what should happen?
- Better “gun control”. I want to have my guns, I want others to have gun, but I think that heavy massive automatic guns should only be given to people whose jobs require them… like the military. #ProudOfTheTroops
- Paul Ryan, don’t put a mental illness label, you are not qualified. I could go on a rant about qualifications but… not the point. Do what we elected you to do, and no it not simply to take our tax money.
- Everyone else, stop labeling every white male shooter as “mentally ill”. They’re not!
Once again, God, I thank you for the first responders and civilian heroes that risked their lives to save lives. I ask God to give rest in heaven to the people who were lost, strength to the families who lost someone, a quick recovery to those who are wounded. I ask God to keep my beautiful country from dividing more than it already is. God help us come together as a nation, under YOU The Almighty. In Jesus name, Amen.