You’ll Never Guess What Every Mass Shooting Has In Common, And It Isn’t Weapons

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(Ammoland.com) – 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. www.ssristories.com 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.

The extensive list shows how psychotropic drugs are linked in every case of murder and suicide:

  • 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, hung 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, hung 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 hung 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 hung 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.

Missing from list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds….

  • What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21…… killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az
  • What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24….. killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado
  • What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or
  • What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct

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SEE: Dylann Roof: What You Are Not Being Told

Those focusing on further firearms bans or magazine restrictions are clearly focusing on the wrong issue and asking the wrong questions, either as a deliberate attempt to hide these links, or out of complete and utter ignorance.

Don’t let them! Force our elected “representatives” and the media to cast a harsh spotlight on this issue. Don’t stop hounding them until they do.

  • Kelly

    Just to be clear, Ritalin is not an SSRI.

    • Tim

      Thank you, I was looking for this comment!

    • Linds

      Maybe the drug made them more apt to commit a violent crime or suicide, but maybe they would have just hung themselves instead of taking so many innocents lives with them! Think about it, hundreds of innocent victims, many of them young children, would still be here living their lives if those killers didn’t have ready access to guns, let alone semi-automatics.

  • Cortlin

    That was difficult to read about all of those deaths, but very eye-opening! I had seen stuff before about Adam Lanza being on drugs, and heard something similar about that from the Colombine shooters. I had no idea this was so prevalent in our society. Xanax, Prozac, etc are all very recognizable drug names. We should also warn others to stay away from these SSRI drugs

    • anon

      Xanax is in a completely different class than SSRI’s.

  • Very informative article. Will never use those drugs mentioned!

  • Lisbeth

    I disagree completely. Two points –

    1) Suffering people are likely to be medicated. The two variables are not indepent making it difficult to say which is the cause of the behavior.
    2) How many people who are suffering would commit these kind of crimes had they not received medication to help alleviate their pain.

    • Amy

      Exactly, Lisbeth!

    • Lisbeth all these cases come from a database that I have spent the past 25 years gathering and investigating and now posted at http://www.ssristories.NET. I have spent almost that amount of time testifying in court as an expert witness in many of these cases. I can tell you that while drug company experts are on a witness stand and testifying they will tell you as they have already done in previous cases that the way in which these drugs work via inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin that they can be expected to produce both impulsive murder and suicide. (Read transcripts from the court testimony in the case of Tobin vs Glaxo Or go to our website at http://www.drugawareness.org and read all the scientific data.)

      • Zach

        I bet you could find data that shows that everyone who is fat has a common link: they all tried to lose weight with diets and some exercising in the past. Conclusion: diet and exercise causes people to be fat.

      • Joshua

        Please note that these drugs are prescribed for those that suffer from major depressive disorder, or even manic depression. It’s not the drugs that cause them to go crazy, it’s the lack thereof or the wrong medication to correct the imbalances. Roughly 10% of the United States population is currently taking Zoloft.

    • Mike

      I use to be prescribed adderall if that’s spelled right, 9th grade I was so focused in math class when someone tapped on my shoulder I stabbed him in the hand with a pencil, I was instantly angry….flash forward to my military career, I was perscribed zyban to quit smoking, I became very irritable and edgy for no reason, I told the docs and the upped the prescription to Wellbutrin(same drug bigger dose) I became even worse! I out of nowhere decked a e7 I knew for 6 years at that point. He let it go because he knew something was up but I could have been busted down for that…I’m not a violant person, I refuse to take anything the va says I “need”. I’m fine, I don’t need drugs of any kind, I will not take pain killers, I am strong enough to deal with any pyshical pain, and I can deal with any emotion as well with out “help” of any kind. You have to teach people early to be strong and not need the crutch of drugs. They don’t help it’s mind over matter, as a matter of fact I just had a friend of mind kill himself on Paxil last month, he was going through a devorce and was perscribed it to “ease” his pain. Now he feels nothing at all!

    • Carol

      Not saying this information is incorrect but maybe they should do further research and provide more credibility sources and evidence before information like this is posted. The article states that psychotropic drugs like SSRI drugs have “unreported side effects” about suicidal idealizations yet that can be refuted. This is one of the biggest warning these type of drugs educate patients in that age group about. This article fails to mention the percentage of people these types of medication help versus how rare these events happen. All I’m saying is please question the information that is being posted and if you’re really interested in the matter then do some creditable research for yourself. Take everything with a grain of salt.

      • dafinokalus

        I’ve been on Zoloft and honestly it just made it hard to sleep. It never made me want to kill someone — nothing would ever make me into something I am not. When I used to get drunk, I was still me, just more uncoordinated. Never did anything I wouldn’t have done sober. Never. Same when on other drugs like marijuana, xanax, pain pills etc… I don’t take drugs but I have tried them to see if they helped with anxiety, which even it its worst form where being awake really sucked, never made me want to kill someone. If I ever wanted to kill someone it would be my choice unless I was already mentally unstable and like others have said, you can do all the research you want but crazy people are crazy whether they’re medicated or not. I know people who are bipolar and no drugs or alcohol ever made them violent, it was their mental illness. People with mental illnesses are more likely to abuse drugs, which is another reason why I don’t feel the need to take any on a consistent basis. I’ve only used meds prescribed to me and then quit them when the bottle was empty and have used pot but mostly only did it socially. Some people are content having a nice quiet and uneventful life, others have a screw loose and have a thirst for blood. These murderers would still shoot up a place even if they hadn’t touched the drugs. The only thing drugs may have contributed to is allowing them to lower their inhibitions enough for them to not be afraid of the consequences at the time. That’s all.
        I’ve even known people who had taken multiple drugs at once, had terrible trips and what happens is that they are panicked and confused. They don’t kill people with cold calculation.

    • Renae

      Exactly!

    • Maureen

      1. Yes, isn’t that a convenient scapegoat for Big Pharma?
      2. None
      3. Research Dr. Kelly Brogan, Psychiatrist, to learn the truth about antidepressants, and why she never prescribes them. She’s a warrior!

    • amleu

      SSRI drugs do NOT make a killer a killer. First off, Zoloft is not meant for depression but for people with PTSD causing depression. Many people take SSRI’s and don’t kill anyone! These people or their parents may have tried

    • nemo

      You ignore the obvious and your points rhetorical.

    • Dillon

      Lisbeth, every single one of those drugs on that list has way more negative effects than positive. Plus suffering people are likely to be medicated because doctors like money just like everyone else the only problem is they put peoples lives at risk because 99% of the drugs have not been on the market long enough test the long term effects. Point is drugs of any kind are worse than guns.

    • Steve

      This may sound shitty, but if they weren’t prescribed these drugs, maybe they would have only killed themselves instead of other people, which to me would be far more favorable. Psychiatrists prescribe people this shit like it’s nothing. When I was 16 I talked to a guy for a whopping 15 minutes and he apparently thought he gathered enough information from me to put me on Zoloft. I took it once, it made me an emotionless zombie with a complete lack of personality, so I threw the bottle away. Also, I’d have to say that the fact that someone thought I was fucked up enough to have to take that shit really only depressed/angered me more.

    • cv

      your pain would started from very first visit to psychiatrist, because he intimidate and confuse you as being a friend who wants to help. No, he has no empathy for you and he is “working professional”, he is the one prescribing this treatments, which based on horrible substances; the LEGAL given DRUGS to masses for massacre of masses, legal drugs for unfortunate people at the time of life-changes. They are not a treatments, they are not a cure, if you just need to find your own identity; you’ll lost forever; You don’t remember anything.

      You should try them yourself!!! Just t know what are you belive in !!! So you’ll become one of them with emotional pain elevation.

  • dee914

    These are all seriously mentally ill people. It is not a coincidence they were all on medication. Also ritalin is a completely different kind of medication than an SSRI. Its ludicrous to jump the conclusion that the medications caused the violence. It’s like saying that because all of these killers ate sugar around the time of the killings it must be the sugar that caused the violence. This is how rumor and nonsense is spread.

    • Charles

      Couldn’t of said it better myself.

    • Tb

      Maybe so, yet these drugs are supposed to help prevent the crazy behavior. Clearly something isn’t working there. And I don’t see how someone can say overloading yourself with serotonin due to serotonin reuptake inhibition can really lead to balance. Might hit a balance for a bit if the person has low serotonin naturally but if it continues to build it isn’t good news.

  • Really

    I totally disagree, how many people take these drugs and don’t commit these appalling acts? This is like saying because all of them took aspirin that is the common link. These individuals had mental issues before they took it and that is why they were on medications. The common thread here is they all had mental issues not because of the medication.

    • Tb

      Yes but the drugs clearly aren’t helping to prevent it, which is their entire purpose

  • kali

    i think the real similarity is that they were mentally unstable, which is why they were taking the drugs in the first place

  • Dave Gibson

    I agree with Lisbeth to an extent. She pointed out what needed to be said, however, the cause and effect might be irrelevant to some degree. This common denominator is overtly ubiquitous and should be looked at. We need not convince anyone the most insidious drug dealers on this planet make the Mexican cartels look like rank amateurs. No blood on their hands? The blood of entire communities in some cases. Please keep in mind J&J, Merck et al are not interested in finding route causes. In fact they are trying to thwart efforts to find cures for some causes. They dont make any money finding cures for their clients/patients. They make money addressing the pathology of symptons.

  • Brad Lee

    This Is No News For White People Are The Major Cause Of Mental Illness In These UNIFIED SNAKES OF APARTHEID!
    Something I Knew 50 Years Ago!
    I AM ONE WITH MY CREATOR!

  • Megan

    One thing doctors warn those who take antidepressants is that they can lead to suicide. That’s why you need to see the doctor who prescribed it to you regularly. Antidepressants help a lot of people too. Don’t just think they are all bad. Not getting help can be just as harmful.

  • Drugs Do Not attribute to or take away a person’s moral state of mind , they may dull the senses to a degree or help concentration, but they do not take away the ability of anyone to make a moral decision involving the taking of human lives. People who kill make the decision to kill based on their beliefs in what is right or what is wrong. This and this alone is the root of the problem not what drugs they were on at the time if this were the case why didn’t everyone dropping acid in the sixties go on killing sprees. It’s time we took responsibility for what the world has become and quit trying to blame it on a drug , a gun, or anything other than the people we are raising to be killers.

  • Amy

    Many people have been on these medications and have NEVER even thought about shooting someone or themselves. Is it the meds or the MENTAL ILLNESS for which they were taking the medication for. Also were they consistently taking their meds? I have been on anti-depressants and they have REALLY HELPED ME!

  • sheilia

    somebody please tell me why we’re giving drugs to children/teenagers. It’s only throwing a temporary band aid on deep rooted issues. Tell me how giving them drugs that their body will come dependent on actually help their mental health? Won’t it really just mess with the chemical balance in their brains further affecting mood, sleep cycle and giving them a chemical dependency to these pills. How does this help? Some body please tell me. I’m curious. Actually I don’t care what anyone has to say because anybody who agrees with unnecessarily drugging their children needs to be drugged themselves or EUTHANIZED.

  • Japhasca

    Um…the thing in common is that nearly all of these people would have been diagnosed with clinical depression…maybe start there before blaming the meds? That of course excludes the ritalin, which is not an SSRI, as pointed out.
    I agree with Lisbeth. You’ve clearly done your research, but you’ve “analyzed” in a sensationalist, rather than scientific method, obviously to push your own agenda.
    Shameful.

  • Jackie morfesis

    This post is as absurd as accusing all highly intelligent persons to be potential serial killers (who statistically have a higher intelligence than the regular population). The issue isn’t that these folk were on psychiatric meds that caused them to do harm (unless that is proven in a court of law, with professional testimony), the issue is much greater, one that NO ONE is ever really discussing. The issue of human evil. Yes, human evil, darkness. As a society, we love to frame our discussions on the tangible, gun control, anti depressant meds, whatever. Very rarely, does anyone, including mental health professionals, ever want to have the deeper and more profound discussion about addressing and healing human evil. We’d rather have a simple Blame Game tactic. One of the only professionals who even dared to go to that place, was M. Scott Peck. “People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil”. Someone I knew someone in Jersey, who berated me for not “jumping on the bandwagon” and spewing disgust at James Holmes. Why should I focus on evil? She saw my refusal to take her bait and join a hate wagon as condoning his actions. Why state the obvious?Let the courts handle justice. Let God handle spiritual justice. The man who murdered my cousin in serving time. But, to meditate on hatred is ridiculous. What happens when crime is committed is so much larger than one person’s actions. They are the vehicle. The hollow shell that allows darkness to enter their soul. The greater discussion should be on the greater issue.

  • matt

    Brought to you by your friends at the NRA.

  • I agree with Lidbeth

    SSRI’s don’t kill people, people kill people.

  • nn

    A sensationalized representation of facts. Perhaps the underlying theme between all these individuals is psychological disturbance, rather than medication used in an attempt to treat. A typical, indignant knee-jerk delusion of reference. Use your head for something other than a hat rack

    • Tb

      Yet it is indicating that either the drugs don’t work or that the doctors don’t properly know how to administer them. If indeed these people are mentally ill and not just full of violence and hate

  • KJVH

    It’s another chicken-or-the-egg debate.

    Were the assailants already displaying homicidal, suicidal or sadistic tendencies, varied diagnoses eventually causing them to be put on those meds? Or…

    Did the chemicals do something to these kids that triggered above-mentioned urges?

  • Mandi

    NUMBER ONE RULE OF PSYCHOLOGY: Correlation does not equal Causation.

    It is not the SSRI’s that are making the serial killers do bad things, it is the mental disorders. They just are all coincidentally taking these medications because they have MENTAL DISORDERS.

  • bob

    This article is stupid.

    • Tom

      It really is…

  • amleu

    different drugs to fix their mental issues but it is not the cause off them

  • amleu

    Oh and by the way the story about someone taking Zoloft for 6 days then killing themselves is that they were depressed the drug takes 30~45 days to kick in….the drug didn’t do that they did!

  • Jim

    I disagree completely. I have taken celexa for 2 years with no side effects. I have since changed to Zoloft 3 weeks ago and have been fine with no side effects. This is bologna.

    • Tb

      Every antidepressant I’ve ever taken has made things worse for me. They literally made me feel like nothing at all was even real. The only things that finally helped was picking up sports and changing my diet. But that’s me. Just because they worked for you doesn’t mean they work for everyone. The murderers were on the drugs but it clearly didn’t help. Which means the doctors didn’t know what they were dealing with

  • Adam

    sloppy article, on a general point correlation is not causation. To say a large number of shootings are by people taking these medications is not to say the medications are the cause. More specifically it would be a fair assumption to say many mass murderers have mental health issues which if diagnosed and treated would lead them to meds such as SSRI’s. I’m afraid the easy option of blaming medication is not available here.

  • Mark

    The true commonality in these stories (so-called shooters) is that they are just that; a story. Not real. Adam Lanza for example has been fully exposed to be a fabricated person, as well as the Sandy Hook shooting. Just do some research and you’ll see that these are false flag events, like so many others. I challenge anyone to find a photo of a dead child in that school shooting. Or a grave site or autopsy report for any of the so-called victims. Fake!

    In today’s mind control narrative the bad guy is either on psych drugs or a Muslim (terrorist). Fear is a mighty tool.

    • WakeUpAndDream

      YES! CORRECT MARK! THANK YOU! Was searching to see if anyone posted the actual truth of the situation. The common theme is, indeed, that these events were all staged like a movie and no one died and unfortunately you are still among the “SHEEP” if you believe these shootings actually happened.

  • Michelle

    Though Dylan Klebold’s (Columbine shooter) medical records weren’t made public, his autopsy was. He was completely clean of any drug of any kind. Not even trace amounts were found. His mother, Susan, broke her silence as well, and mentioned him being depressed but never being medicated. The information posted about him here is misleading. Eric Harris was on Luvox, however, and though his medical records are out there for the world to see, his parents have yet to break their silence on him or the shooting.

    I feel like blaming this incident solely on SSRIs is also misleading, but does play a part.

  • Joe

    This is the most ridiculous article I’ve ever read. The common factor is not that they were taking “psychotropic drugs”, it’s that they are all psychotic, hence they were put on medication at one point in their life.

    Mass murderers are crazy, crazy people are given medication.

  • Joshua

    Funny all the defensies taking it personally. “I’ve taken X for X years and I’m fine!”.

    Do some research. The info is out there. ssristories.org/ is a decent starting point. All you “correlation does not imply causation” folks need to start looking into the data that’s out there. These are powerful drugs that radically affect the psychology of the end user. While saying that “every” school shooter is likely wrong, you can find that “many” people who take these mind-altering substances can experience dramatic side affects.

    And just because it didn’t affect you negatively, doesn’t mean it can’t affect others. Two people go into a bar and get drunk – one gets melancholy and chills out, the other turns into an obnoxious jerk and starts a fight. The same substance can affect two people very differently.

    Suspend your bias and research both sides of the story. A dismissive attitude is the symptom of a closed mind.

  • john

    I’m an old (62 yrs) news junkie and I’ve been following true crime stories since childhood. (Please, don’t psychoanalyze…) Prior to about 25 years ago this sort of thing was EXTREMELY rare. Now it seems it’s alost every day you hear about a mass shooting or a parent killing her or his children. Don’t tell me it’s “just more reporting, because of the internet.” That dog won’t hunt. Mass shoorings were huge, national news before the internet, even bigger than they are today, The instance of them began to rise dramaticaly in the late 1980’s, and that’s when Prozac hit the market. Bit by bit the public became jaded and now just shrugs when it happens. The real nightmare scenario is when somebody with access to nuclear weapons goes berserk on ssri’s. It’s only a matter of time.

  • Heather

    So are you trying to say that the low rates of mass murders in places like Australia is because of different rates of SRI use. Get serious. It’s because we have legislation that limits access to fire arms. If it’s hard to get hold of a gun it’s hard to kill innocent people indiscriminately. Full stop. Widely acknowledged as a direct relationship, at least outside of the US.

  • Paula del Fabro

    Depression is depression and depressed people can do crazy stuff. That’s true. Depressed people are also more likely to be prescribed the medication. All psychiatric medication is over prescribed and used. People have a natural ability to get over depression in time and life change. HOWEVER, we have to consider the fact that 25 years ago mass shootings did not happen as often or in the percentage as they do now. Prozac came onto the market around 25 years ago and drugs in that category are now used by TWENTY PERCENT of Americans. Were we all suffering from depression 25 years ago without any way to cope? It seems like emotions are getting worse and not better, it also seems like we’re more and more unable to cope on our own without drugs. When I was in school (psychology major) one of my professors told me about a time when he was so depressed he went and talked to somebody about it and the 1st thing they wanted to do was put him on medication…. He said he did not need medication, he was in a bad spot in life, doing the wrong things and with the wrong people, in the wrong job and miserable. He said if he would have taken the medication, he may still be doing the wrong things, with the wrong people, in the wrong job and emotionless… but not depressed. Instead he changed jobs and moved and he couldn’t be happier today. Depression is a reaction to a misspent life, people should change their lives and outlook (or give time to grieve and cope) before they hop on the crutches and prevent themselves from ever finding true happiness. For the most part psychotropics are overused…. not unnecessary, just completely used for the wrong temporary purposes. There are many times when they’re beneficial, for SEVERE psychological disability…. HOWEVER, 20% of Americans are not SEVERELY psychologically disabled, just temporarily uncomfortable. That temporary uncomfort can be solved without medication usually with the person being stronger and more sure of themselves later and less likely to get depressed because they have a sense of accomplishment. I was personally put on PAXIL when I was 10 years old, it was dumb and unnecessary and put me at a disadvantage to own my own recovery more than anything. I will never take psychotropics again. I think big pharma is a money maker and doesn’t give a damn about people just about money.

    • Charles

      Quite a brilliant comment if I must say.

  • diana

    most anti depressant drugs warn of side effects including depression and thoughts of suicide …this is why i have never let the drs put my daughter on drugs …we dont know enough about the brain to start messing with it

  • Roman D

    I’ve been on Paxil for 10 years holy shit watch out ! Bunch of ignorant ass people, there’s EVIL in this world and people/ kids that just straight up need help. Try more attention, no bullying etc! Stop placing blame find a solution

  • Charles

    I see one flaw with this article. People who take up guns and shoot people have mental issues, and people with mental issues are proscribed drugs a lot of the time to help l. Therefore you can’t link it directly to the drugs, but to their mental illness. I am not disagreeing because it is a possibility, we all know some of those drugs can have side affects like that. However your case loses water when you can’t get past they all have mental issues in common before the drug.

  • TITCH

    OBVIOUSLY HIS POST IS SPONCERED BY THE NRA.
    OK THEY MAY HAVE BEEN ON PHARMA’S BUT SO ARE MOST OF EUROPES KIDS AND NO ONE GOES PLUGGING PEOPLE WITH GUNS COZ WE DONT INTEND TO INVADE PARANIOAVILLE SO WE DONT HAVE ANY.WE ARE ALSO CLOSER TO THE RED MENACE WHO DONT NEED A THOUSAND BOATS AND PLANES TO INVADE JUST ROADS.
    WHEN ARE YOU AMERICANS GONNA WISE UP GUNS ARE GOOD FOR SHAREHOLDERS ONLY………………..

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  • I can tell you why Adam Lanza is missing from the list of presciption drug users: he never shot anyone.
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  • Lauren W

    I have been on most the medication listed and I never experienced anything like that. Some medicine work better with some and not with others. I was always told to contact my doctor if I ever felt like I was going to have a mental outburst or suicidal thoughts.

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  • bob

    i’m not surprised. I already took that and felt really bad. BTW they are not supposed to give that to teenagers.

  • D. Fontaine

    I totally agree that these prescribed medications played a big role in these violent crimes and suicides.
    Every individual is just that…indivudual. As a fingerprint. We each have a different brain chemistry. Some may be affected negatively, some may adhere..do the trick.
    It’s all poison as far as I’m concerned. I was prescribed Paxil years ago and through many attempts have tried to withdraw slowly/ stop taking it.
    Each time…if I go past 3 or more days without….I go almost I sane and yes if went without just a few more additional days….would have no problem with ending my life…
    It’s poison.
    With all the cures out there for depression and diseases and yes…including Cancer through vitamin therapy….I know now there is no need for ANYONE to be poisoned with these man made (sythetic) DRUGS!!!

  • Matt S

    Interesting read, however a little misguided in my opinion. I take Sertaline(Zoloft) Welbutrin AND Adderall. I did have some minor annoying side effects at first but my body quickly adjusted to them.

    While its true SSRIs do have minor risks for adverse effects, to put the entire blame on them is at most inconclusive. Mental and/or Emotional Illness is extremely complex and can be hard to diagnose 100%.
    Physical conditions are usually far much easier to manage because the amount of tests and equipment that can be used to detect them. Mental illness on the other hand is not so simple. Pinpointing what’s wrong is more relied on the patient’s end rather than the physicians end. Since most patients dont have the extensive knowledge physicians do, sometimes its difficult to describe what they are feeling, or even putting it to words.

    Sometimes people dont know or tell the difference between anxiety and depression. There IS a difference.

    Sadly it can also affect the patients judgment on what to share with their doctor since most people tend to be ashamed if they think they have a mental illness. So they may omit or downplay things they share with their doctors. Or they might just consider something insignificant that isnt worth mentioning.
    Because of this, patients may be given incorrect prescriptions. Sometimes experimentation is required to gauge how well a patient responds to a certain drug because everyone processes them differently.

    Believe me I would know, Ive taken all sorts of medication since I was a teenager.

    On the other hand, there are providers that prescribe when it isn’t necessary. I think I saw one mentioned a patient was given an antidepressant because they couldnt sleep.

    Bottom line, Mental and Emotional health is extremely undervalued, underfunded and rarely understood. That needs to change.

  • Fuck This Dumbass

    WTF..

    a) What is EVEN MORE common?? They all had major mental issues.
    b) Correlation is NOT causation.

    Did you think this was an eye popping epiphany when you brain farted it?

    What about all THE MASS murders whom weren’t on drugs – because none existed? Doesn’t take long to question your own premises… You should probably do that more often.

  • Clint

    If these acts are as a result of medication why are there no females in that list (or very few at best, if I missed some)? Surely women are prescribed anti-depressants as frequently as men?

    In fact, even without considering the excuse of medication, what is it that society is doing that makes our young men kill?

  • Chris Kirouac

    I was suffering from depression and my Doc suggested 60mgs of Zoloft,got into an arguement one night and almost hung myself.Luckilly (for me) somebody found me before i was done!!

  • jennifer

    I’ve been hearing more about medical marijuana helping with depression and the like, a happy pill. All big pharm is about money. They don’t care who they hurt.

  • jennifer

    I’ve been hearing more about medical marijuana helping with depression and the like, a happy pill. All big pharm is about money. They don’t care who they hurt.

    To Clint: yes there is one girl in a school shooting and two girls of suicide. I think overall women are more empathetic.

  • Ted

    It’s not weapons that every mass shooting has in common??? Seriously?!? It is 100% your ‘right to bear arms’ that enables these mass shootings to happen! It seems quite incredible that Americans look for any excuse possible to negate from the one blindingly obvious fact that giving people access to guns means people get shot. You just have to look to Australia to see categoric proof that this is the case – since they outlawed guns after one of the biggest massacres the world has ever seen there have been ZERO more incidents like this. Wake up America and stop looking for excuses. You want massacres to stop happening? Outlaw guns. It really is that simple.

    • Tb

      It’s not even remotely close to being that simple. You can’t take away guns. Only very law abiding citizens would give them up. No one else would. The govt would have to send the military to every single home in the country and raid it. Even then there is so much ammo and weaponry in circulation that it wouldn’t be possible. Would be like the alcohol prohibition in this country.

  • Jim

    The other thing they have in common IS guns!

  • James

    Two things…
    1. The fact that only one person besides myself seems to have noticed the blatant inaccuracy of the …”and it’s not weapons” portion of the title says a great deal about the U.S., and none of it is good. Reading comprehension much?
    2. Pure and simple, the gun crowd needs to cave somewhere; you can’t have high capacity weapons capable of rapid fire available to civilians with no accountability as to the hands they are finding their way into. Either the guns need to go away, or the background checks need to be MUCH more stringent. We can’t have it both ways.
    Sincerely,
    One of the few American gun owners who still possesses a fully functional brain…

  • Linds

    Maybe the drug made them more apt to commit a violent crime or suicide, but maybe they would have just hung themselves instead of easily grabbing a gun and taking so many innocent lives with them! Think about it, hundreds of innocent victims, many of them young children, would still be here living their lives if those killers didn’t have ready access to guns, let alone semi-automatics.

    I know what it is like to have suicidal thoughts, and boy am I glad there has never been a gun in my house otherwise those feelings wouldn’t have had the chance to pass. I’d be gone.

  • Sharon

    You forgot one.

    He was attending therapy sessions, taking medication and being hospitalized for depression by the time he was six years old.

  • Sharon

    You forgot one…

    Robert A. Hawkins (May 17, 1988 – December 5, 2007) was the 19-year-old perpetrator of the Westroads Mall shooting.

    He was attending therapy sessions, taking medication and being hospitalized for depression by the time he was six years old.

    He killed 8 people, wounded 4 more before killing himself.

  • Greg McCreanor

    Nice try, Ammoland….shifting the blame from guns to drugs. It’s like a magician’s trick, just watch this hand to divert you from what’s really happening.

  • R.V. Gad

    This list makes a fine start at naming the problem being spoon fed to the public through the corporate/government media, but misses several important connections. This list of recent perpetrators of real and false flag or government hoax attacks neglects to put the direction and blame square on the backs of the NSA and Homeland Security (and some CIA and FBI) involvement for the misinformation and control campaign. After 9-11 the US started stocking up on weapons, as the UK, Australia and parts of the EU were forced to downsize and disarm their population. Several US gun law cases were strengthened in the high court, and many felt safer. More secret organized events went occurred and then the Sandy Hook false fag event tore at the counties head and heart, and people came out in droves publicly to demand more US gun control. Some false flag events have real victims, many are fake and use actors and non-guns, nobody is really taken to the hospital or morgue. A few real events are just nuts or copycat events, but actually less events than in recent decades.. In most of these false flag and real doped and brainwashed people, either used or paid as actors, the Homeland Security black team is involved for days or weeks with these individuals being brainwashed out of the public eye before the event. Our government owns the data bases, therefore knows at a glance who they can get that is already on “questionable” meds, and uses that to their advantage. In these cases there are teams of contractors to take data and create fake personalities to match the personas that they feed to the media. Its time to pay attention and watch this same tired old pattern established in the 1960’s, used and perfected in high profile cases like the JFK assassination, bring fed to the listless masses of uninformed public.

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