The focus of gun control in the media is not the right target. Virginia Tech's gunman Seung-Hui Cho was taking antidepressants, which the Food and Drug Administration says causes suicidal behavior, mania, psychosis, hallucinations, hostility and "homicidal ideation."
What needs to be investigated is the link between school shootings and students being incorrectly labeled and made psychotic by these mind-altering drugs.
In eight recent school shootings, psychiatric drugs were the common factor:
Sept. 28: Bailey, Colo.: Duane Morrison, 53, entered Platte Canyon High School and shot and killed one girl, and sexually assaulted six others. Antidepressants were found in his vehicle.
March 21, 2005: Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minn.: 16-year-old Native American Jeff Weise was under the influence of the antidepressant Prozac when he shot and killed nine people and wounded five, before committing suicide.
April 10, 2001: Wahluke, Wash.: 16-year-old Cory Baadsgaard took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates and a teacher hostage while on a high dose of the antidepressant Effexor.
March 22, 2001: El Cajon, Calif.: 18-year-old Jason Hoffman was on two antidepressants Effexor and Celexa when he opened fire at his California high school, wounding five.
March 7, 2000: Williamsport, Penn.: 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was on the antidepressant Prozac when she blasted away at fellow students in Williamsport, Penn., wounding one.
May 20, 1999: Conyers, Ga.: 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated with a mix of antidepressants when he opened fire on and wounded six of his classmates.
April 20, 1999: Littleton, Colo.: 18-year-old Eric Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox when he and his partner, Dylan Klebold, killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded 23 others, before taking their own lives, in what was considered the bloodiest school massacre until Virginia Tech. The coroner confirmed that the antidepressant was in his system through toxicology reports; Klebold's autopsy was never made public.
April 16, 1999: Notus, Idaho: 15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in his school, narrowly missing students; he was taking a mix of antidepressants.
May 21, 1998: Springfield, Ore.: 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his own parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 22. Kinkel had been on Prozac.
In 1999, after the Columbine massacre, I was made aware of the link between psychiatric drug use and homicidal tendencies and I have continued to observe this link with subsequent school shootings over the last eight years. When this most recent massacre occurred, I found myself not wondering if he was on psychiatric drugs, but what psychiatric drug or drugs was he on.
The lard-assed cops at Virginia Tech spent two hours interrogating the wrong suspect and failed to prevent the massacre. Now they're "investigating." What is there to investigate - which brand or brands of anti-depressant Seung Hui Cho was taking?
On the very day after the shootings at Virginia Tech, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study challenging the "black box" warning that the Food and Drug Administration had finally attached to Prozac in October, 2004. "Antidepressants Get a Boost For Use in Teens" read the Wall St. Journal headline. "Despite Warnings on Labels, Study says Benefits Outweigh Risk of Suicidal Tendencies."
The New York Times ran its account of the new pro-Prozac study on the page facing the obituaries of students and faculty members killed at Virginia Tech! "Scales Said to Tip in Favor of Antidepressant Use in Children -A risk of suicidal thoughts is found to be more than offset." You'd think that 33 deaths would more than offset it back.
Evidence that Prozac induces suicidal ideation and actions emerged when the drug was in clinical trials in Germany in the mid-1980s. The German findings were misrepresented to the FDA by a Lilly employee named Joachim Wernicke. U.S. marketing approval was granted in December, 1988, with no warning required. After a drug is marketed here in Guinea Pig Nation, only a very small fraction of the adverse events brought on by the drug get reported. Patients have to tell their doctors who then have to file paperwork with the manufacturers who then have to voluntarily tell the FDA that their products are dangerous.