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Nearly Every Mass Shooting In The Last 20 Years Shares One Thing In Common, And It Isn’t Weapons

Nearly Every Mass Shooting In The Last 20 Years Shares One Thing In Common, And It Isn't Weapons - Liberty Crier

Manasquan, NJ --( Nearly every mass shooting incident in the last twenty years, and multiple other instances of suicide and isolated shootings all share one thing in common, and its not the weapons used.

The overwhelming evidence suggests the single largest common factor in all of these incidents is that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.

Multiple credible scientific studies going back more then a decade, as well as internal documents from certain pharmaceutical companies that suppressed the information show that SSRI drugs ( Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors ) have well known, but unreported side effects, including but not limited to suicide and other violent behavior. One need only Google relevant key words or phrases to see for themselves. is one popular site that has documented over 4500 “ Mainstream Media “ reported cases from around the World of aberrant or violent behavior by those taking these powerful drugs…

…On to the list of mass shooters and the stark link to psychotropic drugs.

  • Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.
  • Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.
  • Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.
  • Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.
  • Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.
  • Mathew Miller, age 13, hanged himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.
  • Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.
  • Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.
  • A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.
  • Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..
  • A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.
  • Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.
  • TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.
  • Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.
  • James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.
  • Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania
  • Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California
  • Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.
  • Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.
  • Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.
  • Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.
  • Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.
  • Alex Kim, age 13, hanged himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.
  • Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.
  • Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.
  • Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hanged herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)
  • Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002,
  • (Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself.)
  • Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hanged herself in her family’s detached garage.
  • Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.
  • Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.
  • Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.
  • A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.
  • Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”
  • Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.
  • Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.
  • Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.
  • Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.
  • Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school…

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The next question would be to ask why we seem to have more people on drugs now than previous years?  Are more people born with mental illness?  Are we failing at being a supportive community, and people feel isolated and alone, so we dope them up on drugs?  Has life in modern society become overwhelming, and hard to succeed at for a significant amount of people?

1. Pharmaceutical companies make a lot of money from antidepressant drugs.

2. Therefore, they have lots of monetary incentive to advertise / push drug based solutions.

3. Society seems to be okay with defaulting to antidepressant drug prescriptions rather than look for other solutions to the pressures of living these days.

Why do so many people suffer from attention deficit and/or depression these days?

A few theories:

1. Toxic ingredients in the food such as sugar.

2. Too much time in front of screens, from televisions to computers to phones.

3. Winner take all economy means more people in debt, more people working more hours, less sleep.

Sugar is essential to life, it's not toxic by default.

It's the dose that makes something poisonous.

But I know there's new doc showing how industries add sugar to everything to make their products more addictive.

Yes -- some sugar is good; too much sugar is toxic.

Sugar is now in so many foods that many people have hit toxic intake levels.

There is something to say for inequality too, it's pretty depressing to work a full-time job, and barely scrape by, I think people can handle the stresses of life better, if they have their basic needs met.

Yeah, I think of that as part of the winner take all economy, but you're right that it's good to call it out.

Barely scraping by creates a loss of hope that certainly makes things worse.

But I would not downplay the biochemistry of toxic food, too many screens, and less sleep as factors.

All of them contribute to anxiety.

Prescribing doctors too make a lot of money from mandatory "med management".  Regulatory agencies turn a blind eye to what amounts to a conflict of interest.

How about we realize it is part of American culture?

The other day my 3 yr old boy got mad at me because I could not play with him in the moment.  He went over and stomped on an ant. I told him we do our best to not hurt even bugs. 

"But my friends do it."

Yes, but we do not.  I discussed what it would feel like to that ant. 

He then tells his peers. (We will see how that goes )

I have this same conversation about shooting. He has never seen a gun. 

Somehow at 3 he can pretend play something that in no way is playful. 

Add in violent media, out of control school systems and medication and yes many people are going to die. 

The culture is toxic and we treat it with threats and toxic chemicals. 

Mark, you are so right.  

And thanks to industry lobbyists they're a bigger part of American culture than they should be.

"The culture is toxic and we treat it with threats and toxic chemicals."  Thanks, Mark. Interesting quote.  

First off, I think "shootings" show a rather direct link between the nature of the violence and the type of weapon involved. But I do find it bizarre that LSD and other hallucinogens are outlawed, while SSRIs are prescribed like M&Ms.

That said, I think it's important not to take an approach to violence that is total prohibition. It's unrealistic and it flies in the face of every culture, of human experience, and of nature. Yes it can be horrible, but it's out there and knowing to deal with it with clarity, and in the safest way possible under any circumstances you may unfortunatly find youself in, is better than branding it a horrible toxin and evil that must be stamped out. That attitude reminds me a lot of many Americans' view of sex. Casting violence as an evil is as unhealthy as its deification. Violence is tragic. Violence is a failure. But violence is out there. It's not going away.  

There are outlets for violence that don't involve shooting people.

Exercise, videogames, watching movies or TV, and even hunting, to name some examples. 

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