Gun Control Is All About Controlling People
Want to know the common denominator in EVERY mass shooting of completely innocent people who happened to be in the wrong “Gun Free Zone” at the wrong time?
Look at this revealing table of information…
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|School Stabbing||Med For Depression||2011-10-25||Washington||**Girl, 15, Stabs Two Girls in School Restroom: 1 Is In Critical Condition|
|School Shooting||Zoloft Antidepressant & ADHD Med||2011-07-11||Alabama||**14 Year Old Kills Fellow Middle School Student|
|School Shooting||Meds For Depression & ADHD||2011-03-18||South Carolina||**Teen Shoots School Official: Pipe Bombs Found in Backpack|
|School Massacre Plot||Prozac Withdrawal||2011-02-23||Virginia||**Teen Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison For Columbine Style Plot|
|School Hostage Situation||Med For Depression||2010-12-15||France||**17 Year Old with Sword Holds 20 Children & Teacher Hostage|
|School Incident/Bizarre||Zoloft*||2010-08-22||Australia||**School Counselor Exhibits Bizarre Behavior: Became Manic On Zoloft|
|School Knifing/Murder||Meds For Depression & ADHD||2010-04-28||Massachusetts||**Sixteen Year Old Kills 15 Year Old in High School Bathroom in Sept. 2009|
|School Shooting||SSRI||2010-02-19||Finland||**On Sept. 23, 2008 a Finnish Student Shot & Killed 9 Students Before Killing Himself|
|School Shooting Threats||Celexa Antidepressant||2010-01-25||Virginia||**Senior in High School Theatens to Kill 4 Classmates: Facebook Involved: Bail Denied|
|School Hostage Situation||Cymbalta Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL||2009-11-09||New York||**Man With Gun Inside School Holds Principal Hostage|
|School/Assault||Antidepressant||2009-11-04||California||**School Custodian Assaults Student & Principal: Had Manic Reaction From Depression Med|
|School Shooting Plot||Antidepressants||2009-09-22||England||**Two English School Boys Plot to Blow Up High School|
|School Bomb Threat||Med For Depression||2009-06-29||Australia||**Vexed Father Makes Bomb Threat Against Elementary School|
|School Shooting||Med For Depression||2009-03-13||Germany||**16 Dead Including Shooter: Antidepressant Use: Shooter in Treatment For Depression|
|School Knife Attack||Treatment For Depression & Strattera||2009-03-10||Belgium||**Three Dead in School Day Care: Two Children & a Caregiver: Happened Jan 23, 2009|
|School Shooting Plot||Med For Depression WITHDRAWAL||2008-08-28||Texas||**18 Year Old Plots a Columbine School Attack|
|School Threat/Lockdown||Lexapro*||2008-04-18||California||**Violent High School Student Shot to Death on Campus by Police|
|School Threat||Antidepressants||2008-03-20||Indiana||**Teen [16 Years Old] Brings Gun to School: There Is a Lockdown|
|School Stabbing||Med For Depression||2008-02-29||Texas||**Teen [17 Year Old GIRL] Stabs Friend & Principal at High School|
|School / Child Endangerment||Antidepressants||2008-02-27||Canada||**Wacky School Bus Driver Goes Berserk: Also Involved Painkillers|
|School Suicide/Lockdown||Med For Depression||2008-02-20||Idaho||**Teen [16 Years Old] Kills Self at High School: Lockdown by Police|
|School Shooting||Prozac WITHDRAWAL||2008-02-15||Illinois||** 6 Dead: 15 Wounded: Perpetrator Was in Withdrawal from Med & Acting Erratically|
|School Threat||Prozac Antidepressant||2008-01-25||Washington||**Student Takes Loaded Shotgun & 3 Rifles to School Parking Lot: Plans Suicide|
|School Shooting||Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL||2007-11-07||Finland||**Student Kills 8: Wounds 10: Kills Self: High School in Finland|
|School Shooting||Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL||2007-10-12||Ohio||**Teen [14 Years Old] School Shooter Possibly on Antidepressants or In Withdrawal|
|School Suspension||Lexapro Antidepressant||2007-07-28||Arkansas||**Student Has 11 Incidents with Police During his 16 Months on Lexapro|
|School Threat||Wellbutrin Antidepressant||2007-04-24||Tennessee||**Young Boy, 12, Threatens to Shoot Others at School|
|School Threat||Antidepressants||2007-04-23||Mississippi||**Student Arrested for Making School Threat Over Internet|
|School Shooting||Antidepressant?||2007-04-18||Virginia||**Possible SSRI Use: 33 Dead at Virginia Tech|
|School Knife Attack||Med for Depression||2006-12-06||Indiana||**Teen Knife Attacks Fellow Student|
|School Stabbing||Wellbutrin||2006-12-04||Indiana||**Stabbing by 17 Year Old At High School: Charged with Attempted Murder|
|School Hostage Situation||Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL||2006-11-28||North Carolina||**Teen Holds Teacher & Student Hostage with Gun|
|School Shooting||Antidepressant||2006-09-30||Colorado||**Man Assaults Girls: Kills One & Self|
|School Shooting||Celexa Antidepressant||2006-08-30||North Carolina||**Teen Shoots at Two Students: Kills his Father: Celexa Found Among his Personal Effects|
|School Hostage Situation||Med for Depression||2006-03-09||France||**Young Ex-Teacher Holds 21 Students Hostage|
|School/Assault||Zoloft Antidepressant||2006-02-15||Tennessee||**Teen Attacks Teacher at School|
|School Violence||Antidepressant||2005-11-19||Arizona||**Violent 8 Year Old GIRL Handcuffed by Police at School|
|School Shooting||Prozac Antidepressant||2005-03-24||Minnesota||**10 Dead: 7 Wounded: Dosage Increased One Week before Rampage|
|School Violence||Paxil||2004-10-23||Washington DC||**Young Boy, 10 Year Old, Has Violent Incidents at School|
|School Shooting Threat||Med for Depression*||2004-10-19||New Jersey||**Over-Medicated Teen Brings Loaded Handguns to School|
|School Shooting||Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant||2004-02-09||New York||**Student Shoots Teacher in Leg at School|
|School Shooting Threat||Antidepressant||2003-05-31||Michigan||**Teen Threatens School Shooting: Charge is Terrorism|
|School Shooting/Suicide||Celexa||2002-10-07||Texas||**Young Girl [13 Years Old] Kills Self at School With a Gun|
|School Arson Incidents||Paxil||2002-04-12||Michigan||**Unusual Personality Change on Paxil Caused 15 Year Old to Set Fires inside High School|
|School Violence||Celexa Antidepressant||2002-01-23||Florida||**Violent 8 Year-Old Boy Arrested At School|
|School Shooting||Antidepressant?||2002-01-17||Virginia||**Possible SSRI Withdrawal Mania: 3 Dead at Law School|
|School Hostage Situation||Paxil||2001-10-12||North Carolina||**Young Man Holds Three People Hostage in Duke University President’s Office|
|School Machete Attack||Med for Depression||2001-09-26||Pennsylvania||**Man Attacks 11 Children & 3 Teachers at Elementary School|
|School Stabbings||Antidepressants||2001-06-09||Japan||**Eight Dead: 15 Wounded: Assailant Had Taken 10 Times his Normal Dose of Depression Med|
|School Shooting||Celexa & Effexor Antidepressants||2001-04-19||California||**Teen Shoots at Classmates in School|
|School Hostage Situation||Paxil & Effexor Antidepressants||2001-04-15||Washington||**Teen Holds Classmates Hostage with a Gun|
|School Shooting||Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant||2001-03-10||Pennsylvania||**14 Year Old GIRL Shoots & Wounds Classmate at Catholic School|
|School Hostage Situation||Prozac/ Paxil Antidepressants||2001-01-18||California||**Teen [17 Years Old] Takes Girl Hostage at School: He is Killed by Police|
|School Threats||Prozac Antidepressant||1999-10-19||Florida||**Teen [16 Years Old] Threatens Classmates With Knife & Fake Explosives|
|School Shooting||Luvox/Zoloft Antidepressants||1999-04-20||Colorado||**COLUMBINE: 15 Dead: 24 Wounded|
|School Shooting Threat||Antidepressant||1999-04-16||Idaho||**Teen Fires Gun in School|
|School Shooting Plot||Med For Depression||1998-12-01||Wisconsin||**Teen Accused of Plotting to Gun Down Students at School|
|School Shooting||Prozac Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL||1998-05-21||Oregon||**Four Dead: Twenty Injured|
|School Violence/Murder||Antidepressants*||1998-05-04||New York||**Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots his Wife in an Elementary School|
|School Stand-Off||Zoloft Antidepressant||1998-04-13||Idaho||**Teen [14 Years Old] in School Holds Police At Bay: Fires Shots|
|School Shooting||Zoloft Antidepressant||1995-10-12||South Carolina||**15 Year Old Shoots Two Teachers, Killing One: Then Kills Himself|
|School Murder Attempt||Med For Depression||1995-03-04||California||**Young Woman Deliberately Hits 3 Kids with Her Car at Elementary School: Laughed During Attack|
|School Shooting Related||Luvox||1993-07-23||Florida||**Man Commits Murder During Clinical Trial for Luvox: Same Drug as in COLUMBINE: Never Reported|
|School Shooting||Antidepressants||1992-09-20||Texas||**Man, Angry Over Daughter’s Report Card, Shoots 14 Rounds inside Elementary School|
|School Shooting||Prozac Antidepressant||1992-01-30||Michigan||**School Teacher Shoots & Kills His Superintendent at School|
|School Shooting||Anafranil Antidepressant||1988-05-20||Illinois||**29 Year Old WOMAN Kills One Child: Wounds Five: Kills Self|
|**||Indicates a school shooting or school incident.|
|*||Indicates a legal case won using SSRI defense.|
|++||Indicates an important journal article.|
|+||Indicates a highly publicized case.|
|num||An age < 25 covered by FDA black box for suicide.|
What is the common denominator? IT’S NOT GUNS
Whenever you are trying to correct a bad statistic, you must analyze ALL of the factors that may be causing the unacceptable problem you are trying to correct. There may be several factors, but ONE, is the RIGHT TARGET to attack which will cause an immediate correction of the problem.
Find the RIGHT Target, attack it, and the bad statistic immediately and positively responds.
Attack the wrong target and the bad situation will not improve, and in many cases gets worse.
In analyzing statistics of mass shootings, there are several factors (targets) that have been talked about as the cause of the shootings, including access to guns, lack of proper mental health care, violence in movies, television, and video games.
The danger in lumping all of these factors into the “cause” of mass shootings is that it appeases the public and tricks them into thinking “something has been done” but it hides the RIGHT target and mass shootings not only do not stop, they become more frequent and deadlier.
Isn’t that EXACTLY what we have seen over the last 40 years? We have picked the wrong target, because had we selected the right target and attacked it 40 years ago, mass shootings would have stopped. But they have not stopped, they have become more frequent and more deadly.
So what have we targeted as a society to try to stop these mass murders that have clearly been the wrong target?
Guns are the wrong target.
Because prior to these shootings, there were just as many guns per capita and there was unrestricted access to semiautomatic weapons, even for young adults and kids. But even more evidence that guns are the wrong target is the undeniable fact that in towns, cities, schools, and shopping malls, where guns have been severely restricted and in some cases outright banned, the statistic of murder, HAS NOT DROPPED, IT HAS INCREASED!
Even greater evidence that proves guns are the wrong target is found in towns, cities, schools and shopping malls where law abiding, responsible citizens are allowed to carry concealed weapons. In those areas where guns are the least restricted we see the statistic of murder and violent crime HAS DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY.
So if the RIGHT TARGET IS NOT GUNS, what is the right target?
Well, let’s first look at the other targets being offered up… Violence in TV, Movies and Video Games.
If you are old enough to remember when America did not have kids walking into schools and killing their classmates with guns, then you remember when you could walk to school with your .22 rifle because you were on the school’s rifle team, and prop your rifle up against the cabinet in the back of your classroom. You also likely remember the TV shows and movies you watched as a kid, as well as the games you played with all the other kids…
You watched westerns and war movies that had lots of killing in them. You played Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians.
Remember those games? If you had the money, you had toy cap guns to use and if you didn’t have the money you made toy weapons out of sticks or whatever you could fashion to look like a Tommy Gun or lever action rifle or bow and arrow. And yes, you killed the bad guy every chance you could get. And yes, every now and then someone you shot said you didn’t shoot him and it might lead to an argument, a wrestling match or a few punches thrown to settle it. BUT YOU NEVER, EVER THOUGHT OF GRABBING THE REAL GUN that was unlocked and readily accessible in your closet at home, and taking it to school to shoot your classmates.
The TV, movie industry, and video game industry has placed warning labels and age restrictions on violent shows and games, but it has not made a difference in mass shootings. WHY? Because such restrictions, were the WRONG TARGET!
Had that step of restricting violent media been the right target, we would have seen a positive change, a decrease in mass shootings, and we have not.
WHY have we NOT seen a change in mass shootings after restricting violent media from our youth? Because kids and young adults KNOW THE DIFFERENCE between a violent TV show, movie or video game and real life, just as you and I did 40 or more years ago when we played, Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, and GI Joe.
So that leaves improving mental health care as the only remaining target that has been talked about as a solution to stop mass shootings. Believe it or not, lawmakers are suggesting the cause of these mass shootings is the inability of the State to involuntarily commit people who show signs of mental illness!
Do you see the inherent insanity in such a target? With a government already gone wild in stripping freedoms and privacy after 9/11, now there are actually lawmakers talking about increasing the power of the government to involuntarily commit (that means against your will) citizens to a mental institution! Remember the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?
These are the same lawmakers who champion gun control laws and banning violent media content as the solution to stop mass shootings. They say that due to lack of funding, we have released so many “crazy” people from mental institution into the streets, which has caused the increase in mass shootings.
Really? How many mass shooters have been homeless, mental derelicts who lacked a psychiatrist treating them and prescribing them medication? NOT ONE.
So if the RIGHT TARGET to stop mass shootings is NOT GUNS, and it is NOT VIOLENT MEDIA, and it is NOT MORE MENTAL HEATLH CARE, then WHAT IS IT?
To find the RIGHT TARGET look to see what CHANGES took place in society when mass shootings first began and what has increased in society directly and proportionally to the increase in mass shootings, even during the same time when strong actions and restrictions against guns and violent media were being implemented to stop the mass shootings.
The answer, the common denominator, the RIGHT TARGET in the ever increasing number of mass shootings was and continued to be the creation of strong, mind altering, psychiatric drugs by the pharmaceutical companies and their systematic pushing of these drugs to our children and youth through our public school system. These drugs create the monsters who are killing their parents, teachers and schoolmates.
I recognized psych drugs being pushed on our youth as the right target after the Columbine shootings. I stated it then and I have stated it after every mass shooting since and guess what, EVERY SHOOTER has been under psychiatric care, taking these powerful, mind altering drugs that are scientifically proven to create homicidal and suicidal urges in those being prescribed these drugs!
It is the RIGHT TARGET. Ban the prescription and distribution of these strong, mind altering drugs and as a society we will not have drug induced assassins killing innocent people.
Of course to do so, would take multi-billions of dollars in ridiculous profits from the pharmaceutical companies who through their relentless “lobbying” in Washington, DC have managed to not only stay in business when all evidence points at their product as the root cause of these mass shootings, they also convinced Congress years ago to pass legislation allowing the blatant advertising of antidepressant drugs on TV, radio, Internet, newspapers and magazines.
Now you understand one of the reasons why members of Congress, who receive huge political contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, avoid attacking the RIGHT TARGET, psych drugs, and continue to point fingers at the wrong target… your guns.
If we truly want to stop mass shootings, we have to ban the prescription and distribution of these strong, mind altering drugs and as a society we will not have drug induced assassins killing innocent people. At the same time, we must strengthen those aspects of society that have statistically provided a positive reduction in violent crime. Namely, allow the law abiding responsible citizenry to carry concealed weapons to protect against mass shootings.
New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles… the big cities, with the strictest gun control have the highest murder and violent crime rates. Allow law abiding, responsible citizen to be trained to carry a concealed weapon and those same cities with the highest murder and crime rates will see an immediate and permanent reduction in violent crime and murder as all the other towns and cities across America have seen when they allowed their citizens to carry concealed weapons.
Direct our lawmakers to the RIGHT TARGET. IT’S NOT GUNS!
Others are now seeing it too.
And never forget what gun control is REALLY about.