I am not a gun fanatic. I own an antique pistol that was given to me that does not function.
I think there is something going on with what seems the increasing frequency of often bright and studious individuals suddenly deciding to open fire on random strangers. Part of what may constitute a pattern here is that these people frequently have no criminal history. They are, however, on antidepressants.
I call bullshit on the idea that these drugs are associated with suicide to the degree that they are because a less depressed person finds the get up and go to end their life. Less depressed people are not more likely to end their lives. Sorry. There has recently been a slew of lawsuits about these same drugs regarding their association with birth defects. Add to this a growing number of people who believe that they are connected to these mass slayings. You will not find a heck of a lot about this in the mainstream media, although perhaps ironically one brief news story you can find online from FOX News shot in 2007 makes a pretty compelling case for a connection between antidepressants and these sudden eruptions of violence. [link]
Antidepressants were there at Columbine and the Virginia Tech shooting and I suspect that they were present at the Dark Knight shooting and probably at this most recent nightmare as well. I think it is worth looking at this as a factor, more so than that these shooters are Manchurian candidates programmed by the government in a plot to repeal The 2nd Amendment, or that now and then an American with no criminal history will go on a shooting spree against crowds of random strangers.
Nicely written compact reminiscence. Yeah things have changed entirely too fast here and in the world at large since 92. I paused on the "my 20 year-old-son was in diapers." I was like, oh my God, what happened to him?! Lol. I won the short fiction contest in 2000 and appreciate having gotten to contribute alternative press reviews to the paper as Kane S. Latranz from 2000 to 2004.~Mike.
Saying guns are bad certainly sounds nice. I don't think it's that simple. I think that antidepressants are a factor here with Holmes, too, as he was under psychiatric care from a woman who got in trouble for prescribing drugs for herself and family members. Antidepressants are readily associated with suicide as we all know, and apparently there are warnings with them that they can also result in bursts of outward violence. All of this on top of the lawsuits regarding birth defects. There is a growing body of evidence, so to speak, that a lot of people with no criminal background go off in the way that Holmes did, after they are put on so-called antidepressants. [link]
I want to start this off by saying that I do not, myself, own a firearm, but technically I do as I was bequeathed an antique non-functioning pistol a few years ago. I am not a "gun nut" or a member of The NRA. In many respects I would be considered liberal, but not in any card carrying sense, even as I am in no way to be considered a neo-con.
I caught Michael Moore talking with Piers Morgan on CNN about gun violence in reaction to the Aurora, Colorado nightmare. To watch that show you might think the U.S., which boasts the highest incarceration rate of any country, was also the worst nation on earth for gun violence. How you frame the question makes a difference. According to Wikipedia, the highest rates of gun deaths by nation are South Africa, Columbia, and El Salvador, with the U.S. coming in at number 12 just under Mexico. [link] If you want to say that we are number one as Moore clearly does, you have to say that we are the number one "developed" nation for gun violence, those other countries not counting apparently because they are embryonic and/or fetal. According to the National Institute of Justice website, as I suspected might be the case, most U.S. gun related deaths are perpetrated by gangs in the inner cities. [link] While Moore mentioned pointedly that most guns in this country are owned by white people in the suburbs, you can hardly expect him to speak out against gangs. Obviously what happened in Aurora was not gang related, but more importantly, for Moore, or for that matter, Piers Morgan, to mention this fact would be politically "incorrect."
Should there be restrictions on people under psychiatric care being able to purchase weapons, and specifically assault rifles? As mentioned on the show, should some sort of alert go out when a person like Holmes is clearly stock piling ammunition online? Absolutely. Such a remedy would be fairly easy to implement and effective, and it would bypass any need for violation of patient confidentiality in a case like Holmes.
One thing I've wondered about Aurora is whether this nightmare might have any connection to so-called antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs. You know, the meds they love to dole out to a large segment of the population that are associated with suicide (How anti-depressing is that?), and for which we see legal ads on a regular basis now in their connection to birth defects. In the Virginia Tech Massacre, shooter, Cho Seung Hui, was on antidepressants. [link] There was also a connection to antidepressants in the infamous Columbine shooting. [link]
None of these factors fit into Moore's far left agenda, however, so no mention of them was made.
When white people are injured, traumatized, and killed, it makes headlines. In the inner city, well, that's just life, I guess. How many inner city gun deaths, injuries, and trauma involve kids who are not criminals but who had the audacity to go to school? How many Columbines, Virginia Techs, and Aurora Theater horrors unfold in this nation's inner cities every week, and involve innocent children caught in the crossfire, with nary a peep from the corporate media? Who cares about these innocent victims of gun violence? Not CNN or Piers Anthony, or, apparently, that liberal champion of truth and justice, Micheal Moore.
Shortly after it became legal to carry a a concealed handgun here... Posted: 8/26/2005 1:53:00 PM
Wal Mart shooter likely saved life
Source: KRQE News 13
ALBUQUERQUE -- A man attacking his ex-wife with a knife inside a southeast Albuquerque Wal Mart was shot and killed by a 72-year-old man Thursday evening.
It all happened around 5:30 p.m. at the store on San Mateo near Zuni. There was mayhem and confusion inside a southeast Albuquerque Wal Mart as employees and shoppers were sent fleeing by the sound of gunfire.
The victim in this case is 46-year old Joyce Cordova. She is in critical but stable condition at this time at UNM Hospital.
Albuquerque Police say Cordova had a long history of domestic violence with ex-husband Felix Vigil. A co-worker says Cordova was working in the deli was attacked by her ex-husband.
Vigil was shot to death by 72-year old Due Moore. Police won't say how many shots were fired, but some witnesses tell News 13 they heard at least three shots.
Police say Moore had a concealed carry license and is a well-known volunteer with APD's cold case unit.
“It’s probably a very good thing he (Moore) was there,” says APD Sgt. Trish Hoffman. “Ms. Cordova may not be here today if it had not been for him.”
Police say there was a valid restraining order in place against the victim's ex-husband.
Police say Moore has been very cooperative and has not been charged with any crime
I sympathize, John. I have been a cab driver for almost 12 years here in town and when not in the cab I walk a lot. There are a LOT of aggressive whacked out nasty people running around, many of whom seem to feel that you owe them the shirt off your back. These people, frankly, they suck. Some of them are dangerous, and some of them are armed, for which reason I understand people wanting to have a firearm. Out of my dislike for that rash split second potential to blow someone away, and perhaps doing so mistakenly, I have dabbled in higher octane but theoretically nonlethal forms of self defense. Until I lost it crossing a bridge over the Rio Grande in Corrales on foot one time, I had bear repellant. I never had to use the big menacing red canister on anyone, fortunately, but did display it a couple times which fortunately was enough. I also had a stun gun that unfortunately has not worked since it fell out of my coat in a parking lot one time. I displayed it a couple of times as well. I will probably replace the bear repellant.~Mike. Feel free to check out my blog for another take on the subject."According to the National Institute of Justice website, as I suspected might be the case, most U.S. gun related deaths are perpetrated by gangs in the inner cities..." [link]
He's saying "open condom star." I think.
Nice review, Mr. O' Leary. What little I've heard of the powerful soundtrack in a trailer for it by the fabulous Hans Zimmer sounded righteous, although I feel like these flicks are excessively gloomy, and the last installment seemed to me like poorly disguised propaganda for the war on terrorism. This installment sounds like a must see. Seems to me you might have addressed the stellar music, though.
...those less fortunate.
Nice. It was not addressed directly here but was skirted, that we are disconnected from our food, and to me that has a particular resonance where it comes to food from animal sources. I like how Max comments on having trapped and hunted for his food and yet he loved the very animals that sustained him. There is the constant illusion for us, especially us meat eaters, that food materializes miraculously wrapped in cellophane in grocery stores. We are so connected technologically now and so very out of touch in so many ways. Don't text and drive.~Mike.