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The REAL Cause of Mass Shootings

It was not long ago when international news of the horrific New England school shooting broke out. Now, there is both national and international public outcry for more stringent gun control. President Obama has responded by recently put into place no less than 23 executive orders that address gun violence. Other world leaders are calling for similar legislative reddress.

But are the weapons control experts and politicians really looking in the right direction? Are banning weapons or increased registration procedures the actual solution?

Just like it is in conventional medicine, the so-called experts may be treating the symptom, and not the cause. In other words, it’s like outlawing running because someone broke their leg while jogging on strong pain medication. How about addressing the fact that the person may not have had full faculties, rather than simply taking away their right to run?

Here’s the truth: if you look at many, perhaps all of the school shootings including Columbine, and if you look at the other mass shootings as well as innumerable suicides, you will find that these individuals were most-likely on mind-altering, prescription medication such as anti-depressants. It is a fact that these very anti-depressants and other medications may lead to violent behavior. The drug companies are well-aware of this. They provide warning labels proclaiming increased risk of suicide on all their bottles.

So why do doctors prescribe these drugs? They prescribe these drugs because that is what they have been taught. They are continously deluged with sales pitches and young women who provide drug “education” and free samples. In medical schools (which are funded by drug companies with grants and gifts), future physicians are given heavy regimens of drug treatment training. Drug therapy seems to be the treatment of choice for all emotional issues.

So, what would happen if doctors did NOT give their patients these psychotropic drugs?

Let’s look at the past. People have been depressed and had so-called mental illness for many years. But we didn’t see these mass shooting incidents until more recently. What changed?

Was it access to guns and assault weapons? People have had access to guns and all types of assault weapons for millenia.

What HAS changed and remains a consistent fact is that people are being diagnosed with ever-increasing, new types of mental disorders and are being put on a steady diet of dangerous pharmaceutical cocktails, the very drugs that “lead to violent behavior.”

These days, doctors are giving children as young as 4 or 5 strong mind-altering drugs such as Prozac for such simply complaints as “misbehavior” and/or “unhappiness” and being clinically diagnosed as “depression” and other mental disorders. Teens who have legitimate cause to be upset due to life circumstances, or whose diets cause allergic reactions due to chemicals and adulterants in today’s processed foods are being given a slough of chemical panaceas. We are becoming a pill generation.

How many millions of people have suffered painful and debilitating side-effects from these pharmaceutical drugs? What damage has been done to their liver, kidneys, brains, bodies? And what violent behaviors in schools, on the street and at home has been perpetrated because of these mind-altering, approved medications?

Will you find this information about drug prescriptions reported in the news as a CAUSE of violence? Evidently, it seems to be put under the rug. In fact, new Obamacare rules forges programs and policies that will serve to EXPLODE drug usage by making them much more readily available.

Some physicians are beginning to believe that politicians are ignoring the truth. Rather than addressing the root cause of the problem, politicians are taking the easy way out and coming up with quick, ineffectual fixes that are based on visceral reaction rather than fact-based, unbiased examination. When people break legs, do we ban walking and running? When they know that there are cancer-causing factors in roast meat, do they ban barbecuing? When there are millions of car accidents, do we ban automobiles?

In the case of automobile accidents, we address underlying root causes such as alcohol and drug usage.

But in the case of school shootings, we may be ignoring the root causes and instead, focus only on the surface. Drugs seem to be off the hook completely. Doctors are paying little heed to warning labels on these drugs. And these very drugs may be the cause of these mass shootings.

It appears that the Connecticut killer, Adam Lanza was on the mind-altering drug, Fanapt. One of the many side-effects of this particular drug is: “Mood or behavioral changes, or thoughts of hurting yourself or others.”

President Obama’s 23 Executive Orders Include the Following:

Here’s the list, via the White House. (I did not engage in complication reporter-fu to get this. It’s the general fact sheet.)

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

President Obama’s Proposed Legislation:

Require criminal background checks for all gun sales. (a.k.a. closing the “gun show loophole.”)

Reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban.

Restore the 10-round limit on ammunition magazines.

Protect police by finishing the job of getting rid of armor-piercing bullets.

Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime.

End the freeze on gun violence research.

Make our schools safer with more school resource officers and school counselors, safer climates, and better emergency response plans.

Help ensure that young people get the mental health treatment they need.

Ensure health insurance plans cover mental health benefits.

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