Las Vegas Shooting

Las Vegas Shooting

Dr. Kirk Honda talks about the Las Vegas Shooting.

The Psychology In Seattle Podcast.

Oct 3, 2017.


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October 3, 2017 / 15 Comments / by / in
  • I am a big fan of the podcast, and psychology student. Seldom I commented, but this time… As per people claiming the shooter has a mental illness… I am working in mental health facility. I am not saying that all my patients are like lambs…yes, some of them can become aggressive at times… but! None of my patients, would be able to conduct such a organised and prepared action. They agression is reactive, not prepared and well thought. I obviously cannot say that the man was sane, but as you have said, the chances are slim. This is adding to stigmatise mental health issues, and I felt like I needed to advocate for my patients. Hope you understand what I meant, as English is not my first language. I do not critisize the podcast, cause I love "Psychology in Seattle" with all my heart.

  • I'm shook. I was supposed to go to Vegas for a training on Friday and return on Sunday. I pulled out of the trip at the last minute because of personal issues. The first time I went to Vegas they shot up the strip near the Excalibur hotel. They had to close off the strip then

  • Liberals like you did this. Liberals always think guns are bad till they use them to kill conservatives. I hope you are proud of your past rhetoric.

  • This is not shocking to me. I know that may sound harsh but look at the USA. It's probably the most violent country in the world or at least one of them. And I have no sympathy for the shooter only the victims.

  • 16:30 I recognize that, when I go to concerts/cinemas I always check for exits/risky people around me. When sittint in the train late at night and sketchy people enter I really get aware of my surroundings. I'll never stay home because i'm afraid and I think that being more paranoid/aware of surroundings can actually save my life some day…

  • Thanks for this podcast. I've found myself reeling this entire year from Trump trauma, but I agree this attack wasn't his fault. Nevertheless, I think gun control is no longer a "politicized" stance for a few reasons, but mainly because it's about saving lives. I'm also reluctant to simply blame "mental illness" for every act of violence because of the stigma this attaches to people who are genuinely suffering mental illness. It's my understanding that most people with mental disorders are less likely to commit crimes like this. We need to be careful how we frame actions like this as a society. I don't see it as "evil" either because we'll never truly know the shooter's motives. "Evil" makes me think of religion, and the last thing this should be is a religious experience.

  • Great Podcast. When you were talkaing about the Columbine School shooting incident and how social media is showing these mass shootings like something spectacular. You made me remember Randy Stair the Weis Market Shooter. I am analizing this case because I found interesting the amount of information you can found about Randy on the internet, its almost 10 years of his life recorded in videos he made for youtube. It is great material for an episode of "The Psychology of" like when you did The Psychology of Elliot Rodger podcast that I liked very much.

  • Great podcast, but your numbers for car crashes are way off. Only about 33,000 Americans die per year from car crashes, about 95 per day. 1.3mn people globally die in car crashes though!

  • I'm glad someone else noticed the problem with the car accident statistic you quoted. It's easy to criticize someone else's use of statistics… and I'm sure I make plenty of errors that way, but just as a general comment… When dealing with stats it's good to just think of something practical like … how many people do I know who have died in a car accident? How many people are in the United States… what's the likely number range? If there were 1 million people dying in car crashes in the US per year, that's like 1% of the population dying every 3 years, just from car crashes. But I've never had someone I knew well die in a car crash. And I'm 58 years old.
    Also… the reason the flu death stats is less worrying for most of us is that most people dying from flu are over 65 and/or are living in a health facility. "In recent years, for example, it’s estimated that between 71 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older and between 54 percent and 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in that age group. So influenza is often quite serious for people 65 and older." (quote from the CDC) Though I think basically everyone should get a flu shot.

  • Still I wonder, even if you look at this coldly and analytically, maybe it's a good idea to avoid concerts and other large gatherings of people, considering how attractive such groups are as targets these days… never mind that you could get the flu or other deadly communicable disease at a such a public gathering. Seriously, it might be a statistically significant way to protect oneself.

  • My main news source for this story was CBSN Live Stream online. They did not use the shooter's name all that much, way less than I've heard it in the past with other mass shootings.

    This is a very good thing. He will perhaps not be as famous as perhaps he hoped, assuming that this wasn't the only news outlet that has decreased the frequency of name recognition of these shooters. Anyone else who noticed this? Which channel/ network/ site did you notice this reduction in?

  • I loved hearing what calmed you down from this! A good reminder people see thing so differently (and not in a negative way). After this incident, in no way did my thoughts of death go up. I was more fixated (and probably you also had some concern about this as well)…”why did this person do this? We’d been victimized. This is so tragic. I’m feeling for the victims.” But I never thought once about my chance of dying going up or was in need statistics to soothe me. I know you mentioned before you had death anxiety in the podcast though. I thought I had it too (because let’s face it, dying could be scary) but maybe I don’t have it after listening to this!
    Ps. One amazing thing I see in the midst of recent tragedies is there’s people that rush in to save people, risking their lives for people they don’t even know. That’s one cool thing that makes me feel good in the midst of these tragedies.

  • The 2017 numbers to today, per (does not include roughly 22,000 suicides): 46,805 incidents. 11,716 deaths. 273 mass shootings. Today is the 276th day of 2017.

  • I wasn't anxious about getting shot, but I like how you used the car accident numbers to put other's anxieties to rest.

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