Here we are again mourning the loss of innocents gunned-down by a crazed gunman. And yet again the focus is on guns. But what is often lost in the political fog of war is the fact that we've had guns and the second amendment for a long time, yet we never had these mass shootings by crazed gunmen until the advent of mass marketed psychotropic drugs.
We don't know enough after two days to connect the dots in this recent school shooting case. Heck, we still don't know anything about the Las Vegas shooter, and it's been almost half a year!
But right after the Vegas shooting I read the most amazing account of psychotropic drugs by author John Ringo. His personal experience with psychotropic drug reactions is frightening. His otherwise sweet, loving wife goes full violent psycho after taking Cymbalta for a while. Read the whole thing, but here is a taste:
We don't know at this time if either shooter was on any of these drugs, and unfortunately our HIPAA privacy laws make it impossible to obtain medical records and do accurate research on this subject, even after a shooter is dead! THIS MUST CHANGE.Miriam [my wife] is a 'limited case pharmacological phenotype.' What does that mean? You know where on the warning label it says: 'in rare cases may cause you to grow two heads and fly to the moon'? Miriam is 'rare cases.' Every single time she tries a new prescription drug (fill in reason here) she is 'rare cases.'This involves the 'in rare cases' effect of a drug called Cymbalta. Notably, as Cymbalta NOW states 'in rare cases may cause homicidal or suicidal psychotic break. Should not be prescribed to teenagers.' (Because it turns out in MOST cases WILL cause psychotic break in teenagers.)
Here's an article from 2013 correlating SSRIs and other psychotropics with just about every mass shooting up to that point. Amazing.
Here's the list from that article:
Missing from list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds….
And here's another piece worth reading with some interesting takes on the Florida school shooting and another list of previous murderers and their drug intake: Media ignoring 1 crucial factor in Florida school shooting