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The Drug Factor

December 18, 2012 by  

As the gun grabbers jerk knees over the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, one topic of discussion is strangely missing from the accounts in the mainstream media: the drug factor.

Shooter Adam Lanza was notably and noticeably “different.” News reports have former classmates and teachers describing him as a ghost, an autistic genius, deeply disturbed, withdrawn and shy. During Lanza’s freshman year of high school, Newtown school officials were so concerned about him that they assigned him a permanent psychologist and flagged him to the school’s security chief. Lanza was described by school officials as one “very much in need of watching” — not because they saw in him a potential to harm others, but to harm himself.

Lanza’s older brother, Ryan, who had not seen Adam in at least two years, told authorities his brother had Asperger’s syndrome. Asperger’s is described as a milder variant of autism. In Asperger’s Disorder, affected individuals are characterized by social isolation and eccentric behavior in childhood. There are impairments in two-sided social interaction and non-verbal communication. Though grammatical, their speech may sound peculiar due to abnormalities of inflection and a repetitive pattern. Clumsiness may be prominent both in their articulation and gross motor behavior. They usually have a circumscribed area of interest which often leaves no room for more age-appropriate, common interests. Some examples are cars, trains, French literature, door knobs and hinges, cappuccino, meteorology, astronomy or history.

Pharmacological treatment options include psychostimulants, antidepressants, mood stabilizers and beta blockers.

And therein may lie the problem. Investigative journalist Jon Rappoport wrote a series of columns over the weekend as he dug into the background of the mass murder. He has written extensively — including this white paper in 1999, following the Columbine, Colo., shootings — on the role that  prescribed medications play in mass shootings.

It’s clear that drugs like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft scramble the brain and cause or contribute to violence and suicides. Examples include:

  • Eric Harris, one of the shooters at Columbine, was on at least one drug (Luvox).
  • Kip Kinkel had been a user of Prozac. (Kinkel was the shooter in the May 21, 1998, Springfield, Ore., school massacre.)
  • Teenager Julie Marie Meade from Maryland was shot to death by the police when they found her waving a gun at them.
  • Ben Garris, a 16-year old in Baltimore, stabbed his counselor to death.
  • Kristina Fetters, a 14-year old from Des Moines, Iowa, stabbed her favorite great aunt in a rage that landed her a life sentence.

Rather than indict the tool the shooters used to commit their crimes, an investigation into the effects the drugs they were taking had on their brains needs to be the starting point if we are to get to the root of the problem.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • wandamurline

    I worked for a small psychiatric hospital for over ten years and we had a psychiatrist who was also a forensic psychiatrist and he did a research paper for the AMA on the effects of Ritalin….you know the drug that parents are pushing down the throats of hyperactive kids. The effects of Ritalin over a period of time have the possibility of turning kids into psycho serial killers….this report was done about 16 years ago, so I guess this Ritalin population is now becoming adults….look for more, as Ritalin was used like lollypops by the so-called psychiatric society. This is where the problem lies in these shootings….drugs, fantasy killing computer games and the Hollywood movies of violence. How about before we ban guns, we start banning neuroleptic drugs, harsh computer games and violence in the movies.

    • dan

      thankyou ,waundamurline ,for your well thought and expressed comment….I had been thinking along an entirely different tangent before Bob’s insightful article .

    • ranger09

      HOW TRUE, could not have been said any better.

  • jungle man

    Why is it that the “War on Drugs” is only directed towards the drugs that are basically harmless? I wonder if anyone ever thought of actually prescribing marijuana for kids who are “over active” or have violent flare ups.

  • Elda
  • ranger09

    Real nice Thoughts, Drugs, TV, Killing Games, And all the other things that make our people the way they are, BUT when everything fails they always can blame Firearms. We have just become a sick People.Hate and killing thats all we hear today, Also when these people cannot get their drugs they become Violent and destructive, I know some young people like this and the Mother cannot control them when they come unglued, She has to then put them into a place that can control them until they are stable.

  • Brad n TX

    Amen!

  • s c

    Since drug use and various drug reactions are once again a popular topic, let’s consider regular drug screening for those we send to Washington. I have long suspected that most of those self-made losers are on drugs every day they’re in Washington. They can’t agree on anything, party politics seems to trump everything and as always, We the People are expected to pay the tab.
    Before anyone gets elected to go to the District of Corruption, they should be screened for drugs, forced to take a battery reading tests, take and pass tests designed to weed out career criminals and sociopaths, be viewed as suspicious types by every man, woman and child who isn’t in Washington and made to resign at the end of their first term. H O W, people, can that do any worse than the business-as-usual CRAP we’ve endured for many years?

    • chuck m

      By career criminals don’t you really mean career politician?

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    THIS TYPE OF ARTICLE MAKES ME ANGRY.

    THE THINGS BEING SAID ABOUT Adam Lanza WERE ALSO SAID ABOUT James Holmes.

    PEOPLE NEED TO STOP CALLING OTHERS “unusual” AND “weird,” SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND THEM. PEOPLE IN SOCIETY ARE THE ONES WHO SET-UP THESE UNFAIR RULES DETERMINING HOW OTHERS SHOULD LOOK AND BEHAVE. ACTUALLY, I HAVE THINGS IN COMMON WITH Mr. Lanza AND Mr. Holmes – BUT, I HAVE NO DESIRE TO BECOME A MASS MURDERER. LIKE, Mr. Lanza, IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK “MY” CLASSMATES AND TEACHERS, THEY WOULD TELL YOU “I” WAS ALSO, “notably and noticeably ‘different’.” FURTHERMORE, “I” HAD [AND, STILL HAVE], “a circumscribed area of interest which often leaves no room for more … common interests.”

    WHEN SOME PEOPLE GET ANGRY, THEY MERELY START SHOOTING. THAT IS WHAT INNER-CITY CRIME “IS ALL ABOUT.” “OVER-PSYCHOANALYSIS” OF WHY THEY STARTED SHOOTING ONLY SELLS BOOKS, “MADE-FOR-TV MOVIES,” AND NEWS-PRINT.

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