(Published in 24 Hours Jan.  22, 2013)

Common theme emerges in school shootings

   

   By Leo Knight

 

 

 

Last monthís shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. was shocking. Everyone feels that viscerally. But the rush to blame guns and the gun culture in the U.S. is, at the very least, only a part of the issue and likely more than a little disingenuous.

In the first place, none of the guns used in that incident were illegal and nothing that U.S. President Barack Obama has done with his nearly two-dozen executive orders would have changed that.

Secondly, there has been precious little discussion about the impact that mental health had in this case. Relatives of the shooter, Adam Lanza, said he was on a form of medication for ďdepression,Ē so we can assume some sort of psychotropic prescription pills.

The more we look at other similar events it would seem a pattern emerges. A law enforcement friend sent me a chart looking at 47 school shootings and stabbings between 1992 and 2011. A common denominator exists that bears discussion. In every event the attacker was being treated for some form of diagnosed mental issue or personality disorder with psychotropic medication.

The Sandy Hook massacre has ignited a gun debate polarizing America and is causing politicians to do something for no other reason than to be seen to be doing something. But new legislation or executive orders, no matter how well or poorly thought out, will only guide the behaviour of the law abiding.

And no matter where you stand in the gun debate, this chart indicates what the real debate should be about. The prolific use of psychotropic meds is a relatively recent phenomena. It goes along with diagnoses of things like attention deficit disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome and depression.

Iím no physician but in my school days ADD was dealt with by a cuff behind the ear not psychotropic meds. If we are going to have a gun debate, thatís fine as long as we talk about all the contributing factors in shootings such as Sandy Hook.

And this chart shows an incredible common denominator that is being ignored for what seems to be little more than a progressive political agenda.

Donít the victims of that terrible day at Sandy Hook Elementary deserve more?

   

What

Drug

Date

Where

School Shooting

Prozac WITHDRAWAL

2008-02-15

Illinois

School Shooting

Prozac Antidepressant

2005-03-24

Minnesota

School Shooting

Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant

2001-03-10

Pennsylvania

School Shooting

Zoloft Antidepressant & ADHD Med

2011-07-11

Alabama

School Shooting

Zoloft Antidepressant

1995-10-12

South Carolina

School Shooting

Med For Depression

2009-03-13

Germany

School Hostage Situation

Med For Depression

2010-12-15

France

School Shooting Plot

Med For Depression WITHDRAWAL

2008-08-28

Texas

School Shooting

Anafranil Antidepressant

1988-05-20

Illinois

School Shooting

Luvox/Zoloft Antidepressants

1999-04-20

Colorado

School Stabbings

Antidepressants

2001-06-09

Japan

School Shooting

Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

1998-05-21

Oregon

School Stabbing

Med For Depression

2011-10-25

Washington

School Shooting

Antidepressant

2006-09-30

Colorado

School Machete Attack

Med for Depression

2001-09-26

Pennsylvania

School Shooting Related

Luvox

1993-07-23

Florida

School Hostage Situation

Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

2009-11-09

New York

School Shooting

Antidepressants

1992-09-20

Texas

School Shooting

SSRI

2010-02-19

Finland

School Shooting Threat

Med for Depression*

2004-10-19

New Jersey

School Shooting

Antidepressant?

2007-04-18

Virginia

School Shooting

Antidepressant?

2002-01-17

Virginia

School Incident/Bizarre

Zoloft*

2010-08-22

Australia

School/Assault

Antidepressant

2009-11-04

California

School Shooting

Prozac Antidepressant

1992-01-30

Michigan

School Shooting Threats

Celexa Antidepressant

2010-01-25

Virginia

School Violence/Murder

Antidepressants*

1998-05-04

New York

School Knifing/Murder

Meds For Depression & ADHD

2010-04-28

Massachusetts

School Stabbing

Wellbutrin

2006-12-04

Indiana

School Threat

Antidepressants

2007-04-23

Mississippi

School Suspension

Lexapro Antidepressant

2007-07-28

Arkansas

School Shooting

Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

2007-11-07

Finland

School Shooting

Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant

2004-02-09

New York

School Threat

Prozac Antidepressant

2008-01-25

Washington

School Shooting Plot

Med For Depression

1998-12-01

Wisconsin

School/Assault

Zoloft Antidepressant

2006-02-15

Tennessee

School Shooting Threat

Antidepressant

1999-04-16

Idaho

School Hostage Situation

Paxil & Effexor Antidepressants

2001-04-15

Washington

School Hostage Situation

Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

2006-11-28

North Carolina

School Knife Attack

Med for Depression

2006-12-06

Indiana

School Massacre Plot

Prozac Withdrawal

2011-02-23

Virginia

School Shooting

Celexa & Effexor Antidepressants

2001-04-19

California

School Shooting

Celexa Antidepressant

2006-08-30

North Carolina

School Shooting

Meds For Depression & ADHD

2011-03-18

South Carolina

School Shooting Threat

Antidepressant

2003-05-31

Michigan

School Stand-Off Zoloft Antidepressant 1998-04-13 Idaho
School Shooting Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL 2007-10-12 Ohio

 

 

   

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