I have been on a 5-month hiatus from my “Light Over Heat” YouTube channel and seriously thought about not coming back. (More on that in a later video.)
But seeing the frustration and fatigue in my son while talking about all of the recent shootings in America (Kansas City, upstate New York, Austin, Charlotte, Louisville, Dadeville) helped me see I need to press on trying to lower the temperature in our debates over guns and to increase conversation, mutual understanding, and empathy across our differences.
I apologize in advance for my low energy in this video. I know they say the camera sucks your energy so you need to go 125%, but I’ve been going at 150% for a week straight and I’m tired.
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The other day my wife asked me, out of the blue, if I worry about being the victim of the next mass shooter. I had to put my science hat on and note that these are still statistically rare events in a huge country, but they are immediately reported on, leading to a certain degree of battle fatigue and fear.
I do tend to watch my surroundings a little more than I would prefer to admit as the psychology does get to me, but where I really try to have eyes on the back of my head are on my bike rides. I still think the most likely weapon I have to fear is a 4,500 lb projectile traveling at 66 fps, not a 124 grain projectile traveling at 1200 fps.
Good episode. As a gun owner, I increasingly think if we don’t turn down the heat and turn up the light, someone else will do it for us in a way that will not be nice.
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I call that the ‘Shark Attack Effect.’ Only about 50 people a year get killed by sharks in the entire world, but everyone in the world hears about every one of them.
The missing kid on the milk carton had the same effect. Very few children are abducted (and most by a family member), but seeing a new one every morning sitting on the breakfast table led to paranoia — and to parents driving their children to school when they were close enough to walk.
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Sounding a bit fatigued while discussing fatigue (plus some somber subjects) actually worked.
And color-coordinating a bow tie with an oxford requires more energy than I could muster on a good day!