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originally posted by: odzeandennz
a reply to: Assassin82
The real problem is the never ending blame that's put on everything else but the real problem. We have a gun society, it's our absolute, the only means of defense sold to us.
The United States is not the only country which prescribes psychiatric drugs to people.
I'm not going to buy the pills angle, the statistics don't work. Drugs wouldn't have a weapon of choice, we should see mass stabbings or mass vacuum cleaner homicides, since guns aren't a variable on some people's minds for some reason... but we don't.
Gun violence is intertwined in our entertainment and Constitution.
How many more need to die senselessly before we reform our gun laws, and no, this doesn't necessarily mean 'take away' the guns...
Those committing these crimes are likely seriously unwell. Could it be that their behaviour is linked to their illness, and the fact that people engaging in these behaviours are more likely to be on medication is secondary to the actual cause of their violent conduct?
Fact: At least 36 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 172 wounded and 80 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs). The most important fact about this list, is that these are only cases where the information about their psychiatric drug use was made public.
Columbine, Colorado – April 20, 1999: 18-year-old Eric Harris and his accomplice, Dylan Klebold, killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 26 others before killing themselves. Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox. Klebold’s medical records remain sealed. Both shooters had been in anger-management classes and had undergone counseling. Harris had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting.
November 7, 2007: 18-year-old Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School in southern Finland, then committed suicide.
DeKalb, Illinois – February 14, 2008: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak 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 the prescribed drugs Prozac, Xanax and Ambien but had stopped taking Prozac three weeks before the shooting. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amount of Xanax in his system. He had been seeing a psychiatrist.