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YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam's father says she wouldn't hurt an ant

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Ismail Aghdam apologizes to "all the humans" and says his daughter wouldn't hurt an antRead full story

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  • It seems like the family wants to have it both ways. You can’t claim your daughter wouldn’t hurt an ant and then also be warning the local police that she might be headed to YouTube and asking them to keep an eye on her. I think as this investigation continues we are going to learn about a long history of paranoia and other mental health problems.

  • Nick Vellis
    Nick VellisAuthor at Dig Two Graves: Revenge or Honor

    While the investigation is ongoing and facts slowly emerge it's clear that the shooting at YouTube 39 year old Nasim Aghdam is an unusual case. In a 2014 study of 160 active shooter incidents between 2003 and 2013 only 3.8 percent were female. The 2014 attack in San Bernardino, CA involve a male/female team. While pundits pounce on the incident for gun control purposes it's clear to me that mental health is a root cause.

  • This was such an interesting situation. I watched a few of her YouTube videos after the news reported in this and she seems to be a supreme activist. She was protesting for PETA at one point and it’s interesting that she cared more for animals. She claimed it was all over them sensorineural her videos including workout videos saying her viewers were down. I think she was just delusional and couldn’t handle the fact that she was losing viewers. Definitely suffering from some sort of mental illness.

  • I don’t think we know much about her background, other than she was a vegan and an animal rights activist. I think this shooting isn’t getting as much coverage because of the low amount of victims, the isolation of it and the reason she did it. In my opinion her reason was kind of childish, also there is not going to be a trial because she killed herself, so unanswered questions low bloodshed plus she seems like mentally something was wrong.

  • Nick Seoane
    Nick Seoane Set Lighting Tech at Film & Television

    Aghdam injured three and she was the only actual fatality. Police are suggesting, aside from her gender, circumstances of her assault don’t seem to diverge much from the normal definition of an active shooter. Personally, I think this is a more unique situation since most homicides committed by females are usually done in a “hands off” way, like poisoning or recruiting a third party.

  • Doug Rabb
    Doug RabbRetail Manager

    A lot of folks made this into a censorship issue and that’s not the case. I wish people would stop using these tragic events to push alternate agendas.

  • Jason Noe
    Jason NoeServer at The Tin Pan

    I think the biggest difference between this shooter situation is that she only came to the YouTube building armed with one handgun. It doesn’t seem like creating mass casualties was the primary purpose. I think she was trying to make a statement and hoping the world would agree with her resentment and anger. There’s been a few impacted YouTubers who have said that the anger makes sense. As an outsider, I’d say she should’ve just found a new job. I can’t imagine she was earning that much to begin with.

  • Jenna Van
    Jenna VanPodcaster at Sitting Crooked Podcast

    Such a seemingly random act. Although family and officials are attempting to make sense and connect the dots between thoughts and action, ultimately I think this was a misdirected and random act by an unstable person. Her random drop in activism and switching to youtube music parodies makes it seem like shes attention seeking and has related issues and that the content itself is irellevant. I dont think that her veganism has any impact on her actions on way or another. Another prime example of how

    Such a seemingly random act. Although family and officials are attempting to make sense and connect the dots between thoughts and action, ultimately I think this was a misdirected and random act by an unstable person. Her random drop in activism and switching to youtube music parodies makes it seem like shes attention seeking and has related issues and that the content itself is irellevant. I dont think that her veganism has any impact on her actions on way or another. Another prime example of how disturbingly easy it is to obtain a firearm in the U.S. I feel for her family to the extent that they lost their daughter and have to live with the media and the knowledge thay she was capable of this...I feel for the victims and of course the associates at Youtube headquarters for the threat for their safety.

  • Kelly Ross
    Kelly RossWriter at Momicide

    At the very least detectives have been able to nail down a motive for this active shooter. At the beginning of 2018, YouTube changed their terms for advertising monetization, raising it to a thousand subscribers and four thousand “watch hours” per month; meaning any channel with numbers below that would no longer be eligible to receive ad revenue. This eliminated Nasim’s video income and according to her brother, she repeatedly claimed “YouTube ruined my life.”

    It’s becoming so difficult to understand

    At the very least detectives have been able to nail down a motive for this active shooter. At the beginning of 2018, YouTube changed their terms for advertising monetization, raising it to a thousand subscribers and four thousand “watch hours” per month; meaning any channel with numbers below that would no longer be eligible to receive ad revenue. This eliminated Nasim’s video income and according to her brother, she repeatedly claimed “YouTube ruined my life.”

    It’s becoming so difficult to understand what is and isn’t a credible threat these days.

  • Tess Hutchison
    Tess HutchisonFiber Artist at The Geeky Knot

    This case intrigues me because the media hardly reported it at all; perhaps because the victims of the shooter all survived, or due to the low victim count. I have personally noticed that when the victim count in a mass shooting is low that the media will touch on the story, but quickly move on.

  • Erin Fleming
    Erin FlemingPodcast host at Redrum Blonde

    Definitely another case of a gun falling into the wrong hands. A perfect example of why we need regulations regarding anyone with a mental issue wishing to purchase a firearm. Although her father declares she wouldn’t hurt a fly, her family worried she was headed for YouTube headquarters. Clearly, they suspected something wasn’t right. Sad to think that this wasn’t followed up. Maybe she could’ve gotten the help she needed.

  • Karen  Andrews
    Karen AndrewsPodcast Researcher

    The videos are bizarre, to say the least. It seems they may have been moderately popular in her home country of Iran. Everybody wants someone else to blame for their lack of success and failures in life. All this time spent in front of a camera and not a single moment spent on true self reflection. It’s a shame.

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