46 episodes

An honest and comprehensive discussion about guns and mental health. Two highly stigmatized cultures that have long stood across from each other, refusing to collaborate whenever tragedy strikes. That trend ends now. For firearms owners, clinicians, and the curious public.

Guns and Mental Health by Walk the Talk America Walk the Talk America

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 13 Ratings

An honest and comprehensive discussion about guns and mental health. Two highly stigmatized cultures that have long stood across from each other, refusing to collaborate whenever tragedy strikes. That trend ends now. For firearms owners, clinicians, and the curious public.

    Episode 46: Deborah Alexander

    Episode 46: Deborah Alexander

    Deborah Alexander is the widow to the late Frank Alexander, former bodyguard for rapper Tupac Shakur. Frank was seemingly torn between two worlds and Deborah bore witness to all of the torment, joy, frustration, pain, triumph, and chaos that Frank endured, all the way through the moment where he took his own life - in front of Deborah, in their home - with his own gun.

    Deborah's story is full of tears and hope, confusion and inspiration. She shares her story with us in an effort to improve awareness related to mental illness, firearms, and suicide. Her book, The Private Life of Big Frank: Bodyguard to the Greatest of Gangster Rap is available for purchase on Amazon. 

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 45: Sherry Molock

    Episode 45: Sherry Molock

    Dr. Sherry Molock is an associate professor of psychology at the George Washington University and also holds a Master of Divinity degree. She works with faith-based communities to educate on sexual matters, HIV/AIDS, and suicide prevention. Mike met Sherry through their work together with Convergence, a group of disparate leaders across the firearms, violence, and suicide prevention communities across the United States. 

    When she began her involvement she lacked any knowledge of guns whatsoever and has grown to understand the reasons that people own guns and advocate to protect that right. Her work in multiple arenas to bridge the gap between seemingly divergent and incompatible viewpoints and cultures contributes mightily to the conversation about guns and mental health. We hope you find this conversation as enjoyable as we did. 

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 44: Mychael Waller

    Episode 44: Mychael Waller

    Perhaps best known in the gun community for successfully defending his life against an armed attacker, Mychael is also a gun store owner, follower of Jesus, and father of three young children. He is also the first African American under the age of 25 in the state of Illinois to obtain a FFL and also the youngest FFL holder in the country to date. 

    In this episode Myke shares his story of self defense, some insights on entrepreneurship, his strength in spiritual faith, his journey through counseling after the shooting, and what he plans to do in the future to help gun owners prepare better.  He believes his story can inspire responsible gun owners to avoid falling victim to gun violence.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 43: Sandy Richardson

    Episode 43: Sandy Richardson

    Sandy RIchardson lives in New York and has owned guns her whole life. She also works in health care. Those two world collided in 2020 when she sought some counseling for pandemic- and other life-related stress, only to discover that she was "flagged" in a state health database designed to prevent law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms after receiving mental health treatment. 

    This is her story. 

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 42: Chris Cheng

    Episode 42: Chris Cheng

    Top Shot Chris rejoins Mike and Jake to discuss mental health in deeper detail, sharing his own path to recovery via counseling, as well as his perspective on the increase in violence crime perpetrated against Asian Americans. He also talks about home defense and the stress that has befallen many people due to the economic downturn.  

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Episode 41: Tom Nguyen

    Episode 41: Tom Nguyen

    Tom Nguyen bought his first gun intentionally to take his own life with it. In this episode we discuss masculinity, race relations, liberalism and conservatism, and a few other subjects.

    Tom is a Liberal Gun Club certified Instructor, NRA certified Instructor & Range Safety Officer, and National African American Gun Association member. He offers private & group lessons at various locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.

    As a refugee who fled a war, Tom understands that guns can be triggering and have traumatic associations in many BIPOC communities. He had to overcome his immigrant parents’ fear of guns to fulfill his childhood dreams of owning and shooting firearms. After witnessing a gun homicide in his 20s, he started taking his shooting and training seriously, from handguns to rifles and shotguns.

    Upon seeing scores of new gun owners who would've never considered firearms before the pandemic and civil unrest, he founded L.A. Progressive Shooters in 2020 as a non-intimidating and inclusive community, focused on safety and education, for BIPOC and liberals new to firearms.

    When Tom isn’t teaching or shooting, he documents LA’s multicultural music & dance scene at EnClave.LA.

    • 1 hr 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

glenn boies ,

Rational voices

Thank you for the varied, and passionate stories and observations.
Im trying to catch up and listen to all the past episodes

Glenn Boies

Michael Sodini ,

Something different!

An honest and comprehensive discussion about guns and mental health. Two highly stigmatized cultures that have long stood across from each other, refusing to collaborate whenever tragedy strikes. That trend ends now. For firearms owners, clinicians, and the curious public.

SlowFacts ,

Get your head on straight

Perspective and context are everything. WTTA brings so many voices to the table that it has sharpened my thinking.

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