Another Day, Another School Massacre

Another day, another school massacre.

Nothing so turns the stomachs and infuriates the soul than these now all too routine crimes.

As a human being, you have to point a finger at something. We demand answers. We abhor the vacuum of “What the hell..?”

So, guns become a likely target for blame.

But you think about it a bit, and it doesn’t hold up. There are lots of guns, and only a very few people who use them in such a horrific way.

Video-games, Death Metal music, other art forms that are disturbing and violent can also seem a likely source. But after all, they are just “entertainment.” Many of the greatest works of literature, film and music have had disturbing or violent elements. That alone doesn’t seem like the prime candidate.

So, what are we left with?

Disturbed people, crazy people… okay. Well, obviously, that’s a category.

But what about this fact: all school shooters have been on some kind of anti-depressant, or other psychotropic drug. Some have been on several.

Wouldn’t that be a worthy area of investigation? I mean, you can do something about that. There have always been crazy people. There haven’t always been crazy people on mind-altering, experimental (modern antidepressants are “experimental” as far as populations are concerned) substances.

Sure seems that way to me.

One wants to lash out, one wants to correct an abomination. One should demand answers. But let’s point our fingers in the correct general direction, one which will bear some fruit.

Prozac, Zoloft, all these meds carry black box warnings about side effects like “Suicidal and/or Homicidal thoughts and actions.” Should those be acceptable side effects?

If a car manufacturer put out a car with the warning that “A certain percentage of vehicles will drive suddenly off a cliff or explode without warning”, wouldn’t it become the target of scrutiny? Heck, it happened to Toyota with the stuck down accelerator, and they got run through the wringer, and rightly so.

Shouldn’t drug manufacturers and the doctors who recommend these drugs also be censured and encouraged to, I don’t know, knock it off?

I don’t think I’m being unreasonable. What do you think?

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Published in: on December 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm  Comments (16)