Shooting in Oregon: How do we prevent shootings? Mental Illness, Guns, Social Media Kati Morton
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Shooting in Oregon: How do we prevent shootings? Mental Illness, Guns, Social Media Kati Morton


Hey everybody, I wanted to put out a quick video today because, if you haven’t heard, there was a shooting this week in Oregon and my thoughts and prayers go out to the people of that community who were affected by it. But the reason I really wanted to talk with you about it is because I think there are really two very important things that we need to address. Because here we are again having another shooting happen, in the states at least, and it’s been a really horrific time. And the first is that those with mental health issues are not dangerous. Not all of those people are dangerous. I don’t know why they always try to get that across in the media but it’s false and it’s a stigma that we fight against. And the second, and the way that we’re actually going to prevent this from happening in the future, is if you see something say something. It always comes out after the event and after all of the people have been killed and there’s been this horrific accident that people say “oh yeah, they were on twitter I guess a couple weeks ago saying how they were thinking of killing their boss, they were so upset.” Or “oh yeah, my friend emailed me this huge letter that was like a suicidey, homicidaly letter saying what they were going to do.” And so those things always come out afterwards. Why afterwards? We knew ahead of time. And so I urge all of you. Since you’re all on social media, I’m on social media, that if we see something we must say something. There are professionals there are people in the field that we can reach out to. Whether it’s the PET team, the EMTs, the policemen. Calling 911 anything. Because at least then you’re doing your job. Because if you see something you need to say something. And that’s the way we’re going to stop it. So I encourage all of you to think about that in the future so that we can prevent these horrific incidences from occurring. Again, my heart goes out to the families and the people that were affected by this in Oregon. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and maybe take some time just to realise how lucky you are to be alive. And remember, if you see something say something. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

33 Comments

  • Frogwell

    They should look at mental health history and do a psychological test before handing out the gun things and not just take away everyone's guns cause someone else is crazy.

  • Sofi

    also for kids at school or college… if you guys see someone being bullied please step in, a lot of the times the people who do this talk about how ignored they felt, how bad their classmates made them feel, of course this isn't an excuse for their actions, but being nice to someone who might need it can make a difference, stop thinking about the elections… the real people that can actually make a difference are you guys the kids, by being friends with someone who might need you… I don't know why anyone would do such a thing, but by being again nice, who knows what you might prevent? doesn't hurt to try 🙂

  • Rachel Nadeau

    Hi Kati! This is off topic, but i really need an answer as soon as possible! I am going to my first ever therapy session in a few weeks! I am really nervous. Im only 13, and it is so difficult to explain what I am feeling. Sometimes i have been doubting that i actually have a problem (depressed) and maybe im just lazy? Please answer soon, thank you😓

  • kmd1234

    I just think it's strange that even though guns have always been around in the United States, a lot of these shootings seem to have occurred in recent times

  • She's a medical mystery

    the only problem I have with the "see something, say something" is that after things like this shooting its fresh and people are on edge and start reporting ANYTHING and EVERYTHING which can be good and bad. I think a better way of doing things is "see something…. ask the person if they are for real, ask them how they are, ask if they need an ear, flat out ask them if they are suicidal….THEN say something" most people who are suicidal have seen there PCP within the last month who have tried to reach out but just were never asked the question. Why are we so scared to ask these questions?? I mean I get it I hate being asked EVERY TIME I go to the ER if I am safe at home, if anyone is hurting me, do I have bad thoughts, am I thinking of hurting myself or others….. I get it… these questions need to be asked but is asking these questions the right thing to do in the ER ONLY? (where I am they are only asked there, before anyone starts to tell me I don't see a Dr enough or whatever know that I pretty much live at my hospital sadly but my health sucks so I am in all depts and have been all over) No law will stop these from happening sadly. There isn't much any of us can do to stop these from happening because normally when someone is so hell bent on dying they will figure a way to do it, if not by guns then by what…. bombs you can make over the internet. This is a topic I sadly feel has no real answer or fast solution

  • Crippling Depression

    tbh i've lost alot of friends and even the person I cared most for trying to get support with my general anxiety disorder, because people are so afraid of mental illness lol. People don't try very hard to support/understand why people like me are deathly afraid to do things normal people can (I can't drive and im 22 I freak out and lose control over what i'm doing panic attacks are no joke >>). I know these are more serious mental disorders we are talking about in these incidents but can we actually help people with mental disorders out for once…? I've personally stopped looking for people that care

  • romenreignsx

    Hey kati , I was just wondering if you can give me tips on how to handle fear, this may seem silly but i have telephone phobia and can't help but feel so anxious when I have to call someone and even tried to avoid calling people as much as I can , thanks! 🙂

  • Alyson Bye

    All of these people that have chosen to shoot others in such a manner have undoubtedly shown some kind of sign, to someone…. I think if everyone started focusing on trying to take care of those around them and taking time to notice someone's change in behavior or mood or whatever the case may be….there'd be a lot less of this tragedy happening. We can take care of ourselves, that's one thing, but wouldn't everyone feel more loved, supported and appreciated if we all took a moment out of our busy days to just notice them? Smile at them? Ask how they are? Things like this are so sad because not only did innocent people lose their lives, the person behind the gun was struggling too, and this probably could've been prevented.
    🙁 My thoughts & prayers go out to all involved.

  • Brianna Murray

    Kati, I absolutely love you so don't take this personally. In my opinion, it doesn't matter if a shooter is mentally ill. Things like this aren't excusable ever. People still have to be accountable for there actions mental illness or not. I know it doesn't matter in this case given the outcome. I like the if you see something say something but people say things all the time and most of the time it isn't a serious threat. Maybe the outside people were afraid to get involved because they didn't want to seem overly cautious or make trouble.

  • Rebeccamarie12 BeE_MeDiA

    we dont really get any gun shootings in Scotland…we do however have mental health issues.
    the poor families.

  • thefaultinourrhythm

    I don't like the fact that NOW people are worried. But in 2008 (when i was 8) there was a shooting at my school.. You can't do anything about it.

  • BeliebInGaming

    Kati, I have to write a persuasive essay for my English class/as a folio piece for my exam and I've decided to do it about how there should be mental health services available to everyone. I can honestly say your videos have inspired me to believe and help fight for this cause. I know an essay isn't a lot but I feel like it's a good start to get my point across. I will also be mentioning you, your videos, the stigma, consequences like this, etc. I just thought you should know that I am 100% on board with what you're doing. 🙂

  • Hayley Pollock

    Hi Kati, this is a great idea for a video.

    I was born in the US but moved to Australia when I was a toddler. I'm an avid follower of yours and was super interested to hear your thoughts on this issue. I'm wondering what your thoughts are on gun control? In Australia we have very very strict gun laws. Not only has this meant that we haven't had a massacre since 1996, the suicide rates (using guns as a means) for both youths and adults has dropped significantly.

    As an American citizen I feel obliged to do something about this. Not only are guns allowing mass shootings to occur in schools and throughout the community, they are giving people an easy, almost guaranteed means to kill themselves and I am not okay with that. We need to take a stand on gun law and implement some strategies to not just decrease gun fatalities but eliminate them.

    Thank you so much for everything that you do, you make each day a little bit easier for so many of us and I am forever grateful. xxxxx

  • margi inskeep

    I'm sorry to hear about the shooting, I'm from the other side of the world so never heard about it . But hear in New Zealand and Australia we think American gun laws are a joke, you can just walk into a shop and buy a gun. In our Country we have very strict restrictions on buying gun and storing gun. And before you can even buy a gun you have to go on a course and gain a gun license.

  • Alpha74SF5

    Allow carry conceal permit holders to carry. Allow the security guard to open carry. How about the school spend a couple of those dollars that were spent by the students and hire a few more security guards or off duty police officers. These people keep going after soft targets like schools, churches, and movie theaters. There is no law that could change what happened. He was already able to pass the background check. And a bullet is a bullet no matter what its shot from.

  • Sbeast

    I mentioned this in a previous video, but 'Nonviolent communication' is the best tool I'm aware of for making a person less likely to be violence. Whether that should be up to parents, schools or counsellors to teach people I don't know, but it would definitely help.

  • Jamie Heywood

    Most people with mental health issues are more of a danger to themselves than anyone else. It's only a very small minority that have the potential to be dangerous to others.

  • Ary X

    I love what you said, very important, but I also think that one of the main reasons shootings happen is that in the USA ANYONE can buy guns and weapons. I don't live there so I don't know what it's like, but shouldn't they make a law or something to stop people buying weapons? Because who knows what could happen, who could that person that buys weapons be. It's important to be careful.

  • Jane Mays

    thanks so much for doing a video about this. I'm an Oregonian and a state college employee so this is all very startling. also I'm starting to see resurface the articles about how all school shooters were taking antidepressants and so antidepressants make people into crazy killers. when I started on them myself my dad was worried that id become a mass shooter. talk about making a hard transition harder. I get very frustrated how an entire group of people get villinized based on their mental health status and willingness to get treatment.

  • Elliepixie12

    I am so sorry about what has happened but why are guns so easy to get hold of in the states? The law needs tightening. We wouldn't give a child a box of matches and fuel to play with without there being a conciquence! In the uk people have got hold of knives and it's terrible it needs to all stop.

  • Randy R

    Very good. The Mental Health System in this country needs a serious overall. I have been petitioning since the murder of my hero John Lennon to tighten the gun laws. Being that I deal with emotional issues, I know that I should not get my hands on a gun and never will. I have lost loved ones and many I looked up due to nuts who own guns. I pray that society hasn't gotten so immune to the daily murders that they quit caring.  Enough with the shootings. I have been around a long time and I am convinced that we live in a much more stressed out society these days.

  • PotterheadGeeK7

    Thank you, Kati, for saying that not all mental illness sufferers are potential school shooters!

    When I was in 9th grade, a school shooting happened not far from my school. I'm from Germany and that school shooting was only the fifth(?) of its kind in the history of my country. The media obviously went crazy and self-proclaimed "experts" explained how teachers and parents could recognize their student/child could be an alleged killer. For MONTHS the media kept reporting about quiet, introverted students being likely to have homicidal fantasies. Well, you know the media, they tend to go all out exaggerating everything all the time. Anyway, one of my teachers, who happened to be the school's guidance counselor and the Psychology teacher, began targeting ME of all people because I was shy, quiet, and did not have any friends at school except for one. She started making up rumors about me and soon many other teachers demanded my parents talk to them about me. I'm lucky I have great parents who have always supported me (my friend wasn't as lucky – she was targeted as well – though not as blatantly – and her mom didn't support her, but that is another story). So my parents went to speak to my teachers telling them they needn't worry, that I'm shy because I'd had social issues in the past, etc.

    A couple weeks into the shooting, my school received an anonymous threat. Who was to blame, according to the guidance counselor? Me, of course! She went all crazy after that incident and demanded my parents monitor my internet sessions, search my room, and to never leave me out of their sight. They didn't do that obviously because they knew that I WASN'T the perpetrator. The whole thing was a bit traumatizing to me and I was starting to become depressed. I started therapy, which didn't help me much with my evolving fear of going to school, but at least my psychologist could call my teacher (the guidance counselor) and apparently, my teacher was so hysterical at the phone (apparently she yelled about how sick I was and how my psychologist isn't a real psychologist for not seeing it, and more which I was never told about) that my psychologist went to the school board trying to get the teacher sacked (which never happened, since teachers cannot be sacked in Germany, unless they break the law, and even then it's difficult to get rid of a teacher).

    The entire thing ended with me barely making it to 10th grade because of my abysmal marks (oddly, my marks were fine prior to all of that) and I powered through 10th grade because I didn't have that teacher anymore, but still the atmosphere was so toxic, that after 10th grade I decided to transfer, because going to that school wasn't helping me recover from the anxiety I had developed. My parents were so eager to never have me get into a likewise situation again that they gave every last penny, so that I could go to private school. They had heard from other parents that had the same thing happened to their child in public school and they weren't going to take any chances.

    The private school my parents picked out for me turned out to be the most horrible school I've ever been to (not horrible to me personally, but the system in itself was toxic, sick, unlawful, etc.), so the happy ending did not start here, but that's all an entirely different story.

    What I've been trying to say is that falsely accusing someone of being a potential shooter WILL ruin that person's life and will evoke mental illness, which can take years to recover from.

  • Still A Weirdo

    I'm British and we have much tighter gun control than in the US, we also don't have these shootings every so often. I think tightening up gun control would go a long way toward preventing this happening.

  • Sarah Schneider

    Hi Kati, I just wanted to add something to your first point. I think it's a big problem that the news always tell us that these murderers had any kind of mental illness but don't say how the shooting is connected to it. I think a lot of people, who don't know about these illnesses will be led to associate mental illness with these horrific massacres. On the one hand I believe in freedome of information but on the other hand I sometimes think it would be better to just not mention these things because the mental illness is neither a reason (at least not the only one) nor an excuse for their actions.

  • Sara Hughes

    Can you please make an updated video on this topic in the wake of Florida? There are soooo many out there blaming mental health still. It’s so stigmatized.

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