6 Nov 2017 You cannot control what you cannot see but there is something you can do about domestic violence

Still processing things….writing and drawing is what helps me do that.  I’m paying for this domain name/blog so I’m going to use it for what I bought it for!

I have come to understand the hardest thing about things you cannot see, you have no control.  This is especially true when it comes to mental illness.  It’s one of the unseen – there is no outward visible sign to tell another there is something wrong….but there are warnings which often go unheeded or get dismissed.

There is no knowing what things you cannot see are capable of.  I know this sounds “out there” but I am starting to wonder if we are the only ones capable of “driving the car” (our bodies.)  Sometimes I wonder if powers unseen have the ability to hack into us!  Kyle blames the pharmaceutical industry and I wonder if it’s partially that, food, water, air, technology and the “unseen” at work.  All I know is if you can’t see it, you can’t control it.  Apparently it has been found that most of the perps from these mass shootings have something in common – a history of violence and or aggression towards women.  Such is the case with the Sutherland Springs shooter. 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/11/06/sutherland-springs-church-shooting-what-we-know-now/834997001/

Motive

Martin described the tragedy as possibly arising from a “domestic situation” involving the shooter’s mother-in-law, a congregant at the church. He said the in-laws were not present at the time of the massacre, but came to the church after hearing about the shooting.

Bad-conduct discharge

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told USA TODAY that Kelley served in the 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico from 2010 until he was discharged.

Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his spouse and their child. He received a bad-conduct discharge, was confined for 12 months and busted to the grade of E-1. He was discharged in 2014.

Thank you for walking with me through this.  I’m really having a hard time with all these mass shootings.

Useful links:

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/recognizing-warning-signs

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/06/15/what-do-many-mass-shooters-have-in-common-a-history-of-domestic-violence/?utm_term=.7ce424d3f237

“At first glance, mass shooters like James T. Hodgkinson, who authorities say opened fire Wednesday morning as Republicans practiced for a Congressional Baseball Game, seem like a diverse group.

Hodgkinson, whose attack injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a congressional aide, a lobbyist and two Capitol Police officers, frequently criticized President Trump and other GOP leaders on social media and in letters to his local newspaper and contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.) 14 times to criticize Republicans. Past mass shooters have chosen targets or left manifestos indicating wildly different possible political beliefs or motivations — or given no indication at all of what made them act. With no common ideology or goal uniting the perpetrators of such horrific violence, how can we identify those likely to perpetrate mass shootings and prevent them from doing so?

There is one thing, though, that an alarming number of the recent mass shooters in the United States share: A history of aggression and violence toward women. Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people in the horrific massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007, had been previously investigated for stalking two female classmates. Elliot Rodger, who killed six and wounded 13 in Isla Vista, Calif., in 2014, was obsessed with perceived rejection by women, and not long before the shooting had thrown coffee on two women at a bus stop because they failed to smile at him. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who murdered two police officers in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2015, shot his ex-girlfriend in the stomach just hours earlier. Cedric Ford, who shot 17 people last year at the Newton, Kan., plant where he worked, killing three, had been accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend and had been served with a restraining order not long before the shooting. Robert Dear, who shot and killed three people at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, in 2015, had a history of domestic violence and harassment toward women. And Omar Mateen, who murdered 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, physically abused his wife for years, beating her because she had not finished the laundry or a similar offense.”

 

 

 

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