The One Common Thread Shared By These Deadly Mass Shooters.
As the nation is saddened by yet another mass shooting, politicians and pundits, including the president, played the predictable the blame game, wasting no time in placing guns at fault.
But in their haste to connect shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Aurora theater, and the Tucson attack on Congresswoman Gabriel Gifford, even as long ago as the 1999 shooting at Columbine, commenters have overlooked the similarities that might lead to a real answer to the question: Why?
The shooters who pulled the triggers in these and other massacres have tended to be young men who are labeled loners, misfits who acted out of a sense of being bullied or ignored, but may, in fact, be the victims of years of pharmacological doping.
Powerful drugs used to treat everything from depression to hyperactivity and lack of concentration have been prescribed for children, primarily young boys, with increasing frequency since they were developed in the 1990s.
Big pharmaceutical companies pushed psychotropics as miracle drugs that would treat the new diagnoses of hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder that emerged at the same time these disturbed young men were growing up.
Medicine embraced the new labels for what had been seen in the past as normal behavior in little boys – inability to sit still in school, difficulty concentrating and focusing, impulsivity – and parents willingly accepted not only the diagnoses, but also the “cure.”
The American Psychiatric Association estimates that 5% of children in the United States have ADD, yet 11% have been treated with psychotropics. ADD diagnoses is more prevalent in boys, occurring as early as pre-school and drugging beginning as young as 3 years of age.
Prozac, Zoloft and Luvox have been widely dispensed for depression in middle school and even younger children, Ritalin and Adderall for ADD, all of which have serious side effects such as violent behavior and suicidal ideation.
Young men who had been dosed with these powerful medications for years include Eric Harris (Zoloft, Luvox) who, along with his friend perpetrated the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999, Matti Saari, a 22-year-old who shot and killed nine students and a teacher, wounding another and killing himself, Steven Kazmierczak, who shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium.
Such a sampling argues for information about the medication history of James Holmes, Jared Loughner and Adam Lanza – three young men whose violent acts in Aurora, Tucson and Newton gained them the quick and easy labels of “loner” and “misfit.”
The problem, despite President Obama’s claims to the contrary, is not limited to the U.S. Pekka-Eric Auvinen was 18 and had been taking antidepressants when he killed eight people, wounded a dozen more and committed suicide at his high school in Finland.
President Obama wasted no time in seizing the opportunity to advance the Democratic gun control agenda inaccurately claiming less than 24 hours after the shooting in Charleston, “things like this don’t happen in other advanced countries.” Following his seemingly impassioned comments, he jetted to the west coast for a Father’s Day weekend of golf in the desert and fundraising in Hollywood.