The Columbine shooters wandered the school for 49 minutes shooting kids before the SWAT team arrived. Why is it that we continue to focus on the type of guns they used? 49 minutes could do damage whether auto or not. Whether or not we ban automatic weapons, we will continue to read about other mass murders until as a country we begin to deal with the root causes of mass murder.
Is it the 10 million automatic guns in the hands of the public responsible for mass murders? Can something more than confiscating autos be done to deal with mass murder? What about the perpetrators? Are there any similarities between them that point to something other than the type of weapons they used? Because if we cannot find another answer, 49 minutes could do similar damage no matter what arsenal they bring to the school.
Articles have addressed correlations other than guns regarding mass murders yet no one has discussed them on this thread or others really. Why is that? Should we not at least mention in parting the correlation of antidepressants? Now 40 million white people on Prozac or other antidepressants is probably a good net thing for America.
We do get benefits from cars, although 1 in 100 have bodily injuries from them every year, which some might say is very high odds but worth the potential maiming or death. Similarly, I am very thankful that antidepressants help so many millions of people have more normal, functioning lives. Most Americans have benefited either from seeing a loved one come back to life or having been given a second chance themselves.
Yet are we measuring the cost benefits well? Does our nation even understand the cost benefits? And if we do, are we willing to accept them as readily as we do 40,000 deaths and 3.6 million injuries by automobile each year?
Did you know that about 100 acts of violence are reported to the FDA each month related to the use of antidepressants? Did you know that about 3 murders are reported to the FDA each month related to the use of antidepressants? Did you know that the FDA estimates that only between 1-10% of violence is reported to them so that would put murders related to antidepressants at somewhere between 100-1000 per year.
Did you know that there have been 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation? Did you know that 15 percent of white people take antidepressants in America? Did you know that two thirds of them haven’t even seen a doctor in the past year? Did you know that the majority of mass murderers in the past 30 years were white males using antidepressants?
How effective is our medical profession at filtering out those antidepressant users that have turned homicidal? If 3.5% of these drug users are at risk from negative mental side effects, or 1.5 million people, what is our medical, legal, and law enforcement’s process for keeping them from acquiring and using weapons to kill? Do you know?
Why is it that America isn’t focused like a laser on this connection? Is it because so many of us know the benefits of the drugs in our families? If the answer is that like cars, the benefits outweigh the horrendous costs, then so be it. Live your lives quietly and let this pass.
If you simply cannot and must wash your guilt in a futile gesture, fight with the NRA.
You may even win the battle. But as you congratulate yourselves, don’t dig deeper into the mass murder statistics because they will still be out there to haunt you.
Otherwise, once again, I must implore you to stop QQing and focus on the root causes.