Licensed Clinical Social Worker Mike Arieta offers context in the Las Vegas Shooting

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

Following the horrible events of the mass shooting at Las Vegas Nevada, we turn to Licensed Clinical Social Worker Mike Arieta who is a longtime friend to offer some context. 

The following audio podcast is part one of our conversation covering such issues as mental health and gun rights. Mike is the founder of New Path Counseling in Apple Vally Minnesota. 

Stay tuned for part two of our conversation with Mike Arieta.

Mike talks at length about gun control on his own blog. We’ve included an excerpt of that blog below.

 

Mike Arieta is an Independent Clinical Social Worker (M.S.W., LICSW, LCSW), Mike holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Mike has also completed the PACC certificate for Permanency and Adoption Competency through the University of Minnesota. Mike is the creator of New Path Counseling.

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Thoughts on the Las Vegas shooting from a sheepdog perspective

The Author trains at First Army Trainer-Mentor Academy at Camp Shelby, MS.

By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

I was watching the horrible coverage this week of the Las Vegas shooting and I have a few thoughts on it. First, watch this video of the aftermath of the shooting as a concert-goer attempts to do medical aid to his fellows who have been injured. Fair warning: it is very graphic!

As you can see, it’s pretty horrific. I’m not sure this kid, bless his heart, has had any medical training, but he tries to help anyway. It occurs to me that he has two choices; he can film the aftermath so that journalists and law enforcement, along with the rest of us, can see the what happened, or he can render aid to his neighbors. This kid attempts to do both and it doesn’t appear to be going too well. 

Notice how the kid attempts to take a pulse using his full hand, including his thumb, on both sides of a victim’s neck. I don’t recommend that. I think that illustrates the need for civilians to do more training in CPR and basic first aid from here on in. It seems that society now is plagued with these incidents of terrorism, natural disasters and crime, that going forward it would seem prudent and necessary to undergo training. The Red Cross would be a sure bet to have classes available for CPR and first aid. I’ve also included a link to the Army’s combat lifesaver’s training manual for your review. It has a lot of good tips on triage and first aid in traumatic situations. Remember, when bullets are flying it is not time to render aid, it is time to take cover. Render aid when it is safe to do so. 

http://www.me.ngb.army.mil/units/rti/resources/IS0871_Edition_C_ALMS.pdf

Below is a video further illustrating my thoughts on this issue. It seems that in the new normal, it is time for more people to transform from sheep into sheepdogs, because there are way too many wolves out there. If you don’t understand the reference, read “On Killing” by Dave Grossman. 

https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Psychological-Cost-Learning-Society/dp/0316040932

Here is an article from LTC Grossman explaining the differences between sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves. A coworker was asking me the other day, “why are you so interested in guns? I have the utmost respect for you, but I don’t understand it. Especially after all that is happened.” The reasoning is simple: I am a sheepdog, and you are a sheep. Read:

http://www.gleamingedge.com/mirrors/onsheepwolvesandsheepdogs.html

I would add that doctors, nurses, and medical workers of all kinds who would normally be categorized as sheep are transformed into sheepdogs when they are on the job. They don’t carry guns into battle. They have other tools at their disposal and run into the action when others would run the other way. Rita, to answer your question, I am a sheepdog, and occasionally, so are you. 

So here are my recommendations: if you have the capacity, train with guns and get a carry conceal license if it is in your wheelhouse to do so. If not, get some basic medical training so that, God forbid, if a crisis happens you can provide aid and comfort to people around you when they are suffering, Then you too can be a sheepdog. 

 

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Blame the Idiot, not the Gun!

A bump fire stock like the one used in the Las Vegas shooting. 

 
By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

The City of Las Vegas and the whole United States is reeling today three days after the horrible shooting in which 58 people died and over 500 were injured. As investigators try to piece together why this happened politicians are quick to jump to the default conclusion to blame the gun and not the idiot with the gun.

Hours after the shooting was reported, former presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for increased gun control legislation. The evening comedians likewise jumped on the band wagon to call for something, anything to be done and vilifying anyone who would oppose it.

But really, what, if anything, can more gun laws do to prevent something like this from happening in the future? As has been pointed out previously, terrorists who want to cause destruction have wreaked havoc without using a gun. Timothy LaVeigh comes to mind, who used a box truck and fertilizer to kill hundreds.

Early reports say that the shooter used two bump fire stocks on his gun that convert semi-auto weapons into firing full auto. There is speculation that that device will now be under scrutiny for banning in the future due to the damage it caused. Reason Magazine published a great article yesterday describing what a bump fire stock looks like and how it functions. You can look at the full article here, including a video demonstration.

Jacob Sullum of Reason explains that the bump stock seems to sacrifice accuracy for speed, vastly increasing the number of bullets sprayed from the gun. It makes the gun hard to control and is considered a novelty used by gun enthusiasts rather than really increasing the lethality of the firearm.

Sullum writes, “Assuming that (Stephan) Paddock (the shooter) used the bump stocks police found, did they make the number of deaths higher than it otherwise would have been? Not necessarily, since bump stocks sacrifice accuracy for speed; the jostling required by the technique makes the rifle harder to aim, especially at long distances. According to the Wikipedia entry on bump stocks, they “greatly degrade the accuracy of the firearm, due to the necessary jerking of the weapon, which makes viable aiming impossible,” and “the inaccuracy renders the practice uncommon.”

Sullum eloquently points out that other shootings that did not use this feature have proven extremely deadly as well, while not as deadly as the Las Vegas shooting. But in Vegas, the lethality was most likely aided by the shooters tactical position on the 32nd floor rather than any accessory he may have used.

At the end of the day, this tragedy was caused by a madman with an axe to grind. An evil heart made this happen, not an inanimate object. Those guns didn’t jump off the shelves into this man’s hands. He methodically planned this atrocity, collecting guns and ammo over a long period of time. He reconned his target and chose his firing position with care. This coward was perfectly fine with killing innocent people who were unable to fight back, but when a fire team of officers came knocking on his door, he decided to check out rather than face them.

So instead of blaming the gun, we should blame the idiot. And then we should forget him. We should all be ready to help the victims and their families as they deal with the tragedy. It will be a long time before they get back to a sense of normalcy, indeed, they may never fully be the same. Americans should not be punished by a reduction of their rights because of the evil acts of one idiot.

For further reading: 

http://tribunist.com/news/images-leaked-of-las-vegas-shooters-guns-none-are-fully-automatic/?utm_source=BP

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/03/did-bump-stocks-make-the-las-vegas-shoot

http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/03/automatic-weapons-are-already-heavily-re

 

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