Psychiatric drugs blamed for shootings:
For those of you Luddites and ‘Big Pharma’ conspiracy theorists who believe that anti-depressants and other psychiatric drugs cause school shootings and other shooting sprees this should hopefully show you just how idiotic your argument sounds.
An unlikely coalition of gun rights advocates, Scientologists and physician-skeptics is using post-Newtown outrage over gun violence to promote the view that psychiatric drugs fuel mass shooters.
That’s right. You’re standing behind gun nuts, Scientologists and a various assortment of quacks. Speaking of a quack…
“IT IS NOT GUNS” that are to blame for mass shootings, Ignatius Piazza, a chiropractor who runs Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, said in a blog entry. Rather, “the common denominator (is) the creation of strong, mind altering, psychiatric drugs.”
Yeah, because a chiropractor, aka not a real doctor, would know all there is to know about psychiatry. You’ll forgive me if I don’t believe a branch of ‘medicine’ where the participants get their diplomas at a strip mall.
I will agree with one thing that the quack said. Guns don’t cause people to kill much like hammers don’t cause houses to get built. As always it’s the people behind them. The only thing that causes these mass shootings are evil bastards bent on violence. Neither the guns nor the drugs caused them.
The article goes on to mention that a relative of Adam Lanza was on the antipsychotic Fanapt and that James Holmes was on Zoloft and clonazepam, aka Clonopin. Hell, I’ll even throw one in that they didn’t mention. Eric Harris was on the drug Luvox. But I can equally argue the reverse. Cho Seung Hui was not on any medication. Investigators said that Prozac had little to no impact on the shootings at NIU done by Stephen Kazmierczak. Lastly Eric Harris’ lackey, Dylan Klebold was not on any medications either.
If it sounds like I’m taking this personally it’s because I am. I’m tried of bullshit artist using anti-depressants as a bogeyman in order to fuel whatever misguided agenda they have which in turn attaches a stigma to people who do take anti-depressants.
A number of years ago I started taking an anti-depressant. Prior to that I was suicidal and self-destructive and it affected all of those around me. Since I started taking them I have become a completely changed man and my only regret is that I didn’t start taking them sooner.
Ant-depressants can help people and no should be ashamed if they take them. They do not cause people to go on killing sprees. Those are facts. Try dealing with them once in a while.