Omaha Shooter Robert Hawkins Had Been "Treated" For ADHD, Depression
Thursday, December 06, 2007 by: Mike Adams
(NewsTarget) America seems shocked that, yet again, a young male would
pick up an assault rifle and murder his fellow citizens, then take his
own life. This is what happened last night in Omaha, Nebraska, where the
19-year-old Hawkins killed himself and eight other people with an
assault rifle. Those lacking keen observation skills are quick to blame
guns for this tragedy, but others who are familiar with the history of
such violent acts by young males instantly recognize a more sinister
connection: A history of treatment with psychiatric drugs for depression
It all started in Columbine, Colorado, when Eric Harris and Dylan
Klebold massacred their way into the history books on April 20, 1999 by
killing 12 and wounding 23 people. The mainstream media virtually
glorified the event, yet utterly failed to report the connection between
violence in young men and treatment with psychiatric drugs.
(Both Harris and Klebold were taking antidepressant drugs.)
It's a little known fact that antidepressant drugs have never been
tested on children nor approved by the FDA for use on children. It is
well established in the scientific literature, however, that such drugs
cause young men to think violent thoughts and commit violent acts. This
is precisely why the U.K. has outright banned the prescribing of such
drugs to children. Yet here in the United States
-- the capitol of gun violence by kids on depression drugs -- the FDA
and drug companies pretend that mind-altering drugs have no link
whatsoever to behavior.
Enormous evidence linking mind-altering drugs with violent acts In 2005,
I reported on this site that Eli Lilly had full knowledge of a 1200%
increase in suicide risk for takers of their Prozac drug, a popular
anti-depressant SSRI medication. (See
In 2006, we reported the results of a study published in the Archives of
General Psychiatry showing that teens taking antidepressant drugs are
more likely to commit suicide (and to be "successful" at completing the
act). See http://www.newstarget.com/020643.html
On September 11, 2006, I reported on the link between antidepressant
drugs and violent behavior yet again. (See
) In that article, I explained, "If you're going to alter the brain
chemistry of these children, you had better be prepared for the results.
The result we're seeing now is mass killings. Elsewhere around the
world, where children aren't doped up on all these drugs, we don't see
this kind of behavior. This is what happens when you change children's
brain chemistry; you get these results..."
The very next day, we published a report about the anti-depressant drug
Paxil doubling the risk of violent behavior. (See
http://www.newstarget.com/020406.html ) In that article, I stated, "This
finding helps explain why school shootings are almost always conducted
by children who are taking antidepressants. We also know that SSRIs
cause children to disconnect from reality. When you combine that with a
propensity for violence, you create a dangerous recipe for school
shootings and other adolescent violence.
In April of this year, I also reported on the link between
antidepressant drugs and the Virginia Tech shooting. See
What I said in that article has urgent application right now, following
the Omaha shooting:
A study published in the Public Library of Science Medicine (an open
source medical journal) explored these same links in detail. (See
Antidepressants and Violence: Problems at the Interface of Medicine and
Law, by David Healy, Andrew Herxheimer, David B. Menkes)
The authors note that "Some regulators, such as the Canadian regulators,
have also referred to risks of treatment-induced activation leading to
both self-harm and harm to others" and the "United States labels for all
antidepressants as of August 2004 note that 'anxiety, agitation, panic
attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity,
akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania have been
reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with
antidepressants for major depressive disorder as well as for other
indications, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric'".
In other words, the link between antidepressants and violence has been
known for years by the very people manufacturing, marketing or
prescribing the drugs. As the author of the study mentioned above
concluded, "The new issues highlighted by these cases need urgent
examination jointly by jurists and psychiatrists in all countries where
antidepressants are widely used."
That was last year, well before this latest shooting. The warning signs
were there, and they've been visible for a long time. Medical
authorities can hardly say they are "shocked" by this violent behavior.
After all, the same pattern of violence among antidepressant takers has
been observed, documented and published in numerous previous cases.
Not surprised at what happened in Omaha
The people of Omaha may be surprised at what happened there yesterday,
but I'm not. Why? Because the shooter, Robert Hawkins, had a history of
being "treated" for both depression and ADHD (Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder). (Source: Associated Press)
And what is the standard American psychiatric "treatment" for these
conditions? Mind-altering drugs, of course.
ADHD, for example, is treated with a drug that used to be an illegal
street drug called "speed." It's an amphetamine, and recent research
published in the August, 2007 issue of the American Academy of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry reveals that Ritalin and other ADHD drugs actually
stunt the growth of children, causing their brains and bodies to be
physically altered. (See http://www.newstarget.com/021944.html )
Depression, of course, is treated with SSRI drugs, none of which have
ever been safety approved by the FDA for use on children or teens. In
other words, the use of these drugs on teenagers is a grand, mind-
altering medical experiment, and what we just witnessed in Omaha is one
result of that experiment.
There will be more. I hate to be accurate about this grisly prediction,
because I grieve for the families of those lost to
pharmaceutically-induced violence, but the truth is that until we stop
drugging our children with psychotropic drugs, the shootings are not
going to stop.
Big Pharma is to blame for this one, not the manufacturer of the gun.
That gun has a trigger, you see, and the trigger was pulled by a finger.
The finger was connected via a series of nerves to a brain, and that
brain was altered by psychotropic drugs. The brain wasn't functioning
like a normal, healthy, well-nourished brain; it was functioning like a
zoned out "zombie" brain permanently distorted by psychiatric drugs.
Sending a teenager out into the public doped up on mind-altering drugs
that we KNOW are linked to violence -- and jacked up on junk foods (he
worked at McDonald's) -- is a certain recipe for disaster. Big Pharma
executives, drug reps and the irresponsible psychiatrists who dish these
pills out to teenagers might as well have just walked right into the
mall and set off a bomb themselves. These are the people ultimately
responsible for the tragedy in Omaha. Hawkins may have pulled the
trigger, but modern psychiatry drugged him with violence- inducing
chemicals. The fact that such drugs promote violence isn't even
disputed. It's printed right on the warning labels of those drugs!
And as sad as this tragedy is for all those affected by this
medication-induced violence, the truly sad part is that America still
hasn't learned this lesson. If you drug the children with chemicals that
cause violence, you're going to see more shootings. It's as simple as
that. And if you take away the guns, you'll see bombs, knives or
machetes used in these attacks. When disturbed young boys are doped up
on psychotropic drugs that promote violence -- and they're drugged by
the hundreds of thousands -- it's like playing a national game of
Russian roulette (with apologies to Russia). Sooner or later, another
kid whose mind has been altered by Ritalin, Prozac or some other drug is
going to walk into yet another school or mall and start killing people.
This kind of behavior is a direct product of chemical-based psychiatric
The criminals running modern psychiatry
In fact, I predict we'll see another such shooting in the next 30 days,
if not sooner. And yet, even with the increasing frequency of these
events, the unholy alliance between Big Pharma and the immensely evil
psychiatric industry will continue. Yet more children will be put on
mind-altering drugs that stunt their growth, alter their brain
chemistry, and turn them into mind-numbed massacre drones who acquire
dangerous weapons and open fire in public places.
The psychiatric industry, though, thinks that yet MORE children need
"treatment" with drugs for ADHD and depression. In fact, an industry
press release recently claimed that only one-third of those children
"suffering" from ADHD are receiving appropriate "treatment" for the
condition. Of course, those are just code words for "drugging the
children with high-profit pharmaceuticals." When the psychiatric
authorities say "treatment," what they mean is "more drugging."
Want to learn the horrifying, yet true, history of modern psychiatry?
Check out www.CCHR.org - the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights.
They have a documentary so downright shocking that I couldn't even
finish watching the whole thing. It's called Psychiatry: An Industry of
Also be sure to check out the shocking book by Kelly Patricia O'Meara
called Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills
That Kill. This book explains exactly why kids like Robert Hawkins who
have been treated with psychiatric drugs end up shooting innocents.
What could have healed Robert Hawkins and saved lives So what's the
solution to all this? Robert Hawkins could have been healed with a
radical change in diet that supports healthy brain chemistry. His
parents or caretakers should have stopped the junk food, ended the
medication and put him on raw, living foods and daily superfood
smoothies, fresh vegetable juices, raw nuts and seeds and other
wholesome, non-processed foods. Nutrition is the single most powerful
factor determining healthy moods and behavior, and virtually all young
men who commit violent acts (including the vast majority of those
imprisoned in the U.S. today) suffer from wild nutritional deficiencies.
Robert Hawkins could have been a healthy, stable and normal kid with the
help of some real food, real nutrition and real love from a supporting
family. Instead, he lived on junk food, worked at McDonald's and took
medication pills as directed by his psychiatric doctor. The results
speak for themselves: This recipe of processed food and mind-altering
drugs created a monster, and yesterday in Omaha, that monster exploded
in a rage of violence.
If we don't learn from all this and stop drugging our nation's children,
then those innocents in Omaha will have died in vain. And I ask the
question: How many more innocent Americans must pay the price for
Ask yourself one question: Why does the FDA continue to allow these
dangerous drugs to be prescribed to children and teens when 1) They have
never been tested on children or teens, and 2) Other countries have
already banned the prescribing of these drugs to children and teens?
Story Notes: The Associated Press originally reported Hawkins' age as 20
years old, but corrected it to 19 years old following a correction by
local police. Hawkins was not reported to have been taking medications
at the precise time of the shooting, but his caretaker, Debora
Maruca-Kovac, said that "he had been treated in the past for depression
and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder." We do not know exactly
which drugs Hawkins had been treated with in the past, and we hope the
names of those drugs will surface in future reports on this tragedy.
NewsTarget deeply regrets the loss of life witnessed in this event, and
we commit to doing our part to end these medication-induced crimes that
continue to be perpetrated by Big Pharma and modern psychiatry. You have
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