All Hearts in Florida: Asking Why & Addressing Signs

The loss of seventeen lives, trauma experienced by hundreds and the scene witnessed by millions. The recent school shootings in Parkland have brought to light many concerns, debates and frustrations as to why and how these tragic incidents continue. Is this a gun issue or a mental health issue as suggested by President Trump in his address to the nation. What is the root cause of this violence and how can it be prevented?

On Megyn Kelly Today (2/15/18), Megyn pleads with her audience for reform, questions why the National Rifle Association has such power, and why our government seems weak when faced with these tragedies.

Locally, the news has been covering all aspects of the story. i understand was pleased The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan recognized the importance to understand during an interview with WOOD TV8. Thank you, Sue Shaw for this informative interview and thanks to Christy Buck for the use of “e” in the be nice. acronym to “empower yourself to understand”!

We recognize the importance and the power of i understand. Let’s talk about it and understand the warning signs:

  • No Remorse: The lack of remorse is probably one of the most striking signs of a shooter. They do unspeakable acts and display no regret. 
  • Act Violently: Shooters don’t perform their first “big act” out of the blue. They tend to do little things along the way—whether it was hurting the family dog or other acts of violence so they can build up their violence muscle. It is really mental illness that can act so violently over and over again.
  • History of Social, Emotional & Mental disturbances: Shooters have a history of being socially inept, lacking in emotional intelligence, and not “fitting in” with their peer group. Paradoxically, they are also intelligent by traditional measurements.   
  • Obsession with weapons: Shooters tend to study how to build explosives, learn how to acquire guns from the high powered assault rifle to glock handgun, and many have collection of weapons like knives as well.
  • Lack of Ethics: Shooters are resistant to learning and displaying ethical decision making. 
  • No meaningful friends: Shooters tend to remain by themselves, unless they find—perchance a like-minded person like the two shooters in the Columbine shooting.
  • High family dysfunction: Nearly everyone comes from a “somewhat” dysfunctional family, but the shooter usually has a large degree of dysfunction. They lack healthy brain development, environments that support positive emotional health and usually tend to be far removed from ideal social role models. Source: Psychology Today                                                
  • The more we understand, the more we see signs to look for. The more we talk, the more we can address potential problems. The more we know, the more lives can be saved. Please understand today and gain the power to make a difference. 

  • by Vonnie Woodrick

    About the Author
    Vonnie Woodrick created i understand in 2014 in loving memory of her husband Rob who lost his battle with depression in 2003. Vonnie routinely provides speaking engagements to private organizations and community groups throughout the year in an effort to raise awareness about suicide and encourage education about mental health. Learn more about i understand's "Love Heals" Lecture Series.

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