Other Newtown Victims
by Brian Wilson: Carpe
is the first casualty of war" is a quote attributed to everyone
from Aeschylus to Alfred E. Neuman. Regardless of authorship (and
prescience), the tragedy of Newtown has seen Fact and Reason fall
immediately thereafter. While Truth may have been done in by any
number of suspects in times of actual War, Fact and Reason were
brutally murdered by those who were purported to love them best,
the "journalists" of the Main Stream Media.
Thanks to technology,
the average individual with a Smart Phone, Blackberry or similar
device, can record, video and send current events faster and easier
than the best reporter in the field 40 years ago. Unfortunately,
Journalism hasn’t kept up with the Tech Sector. As a result, incompetents,
morons and nincompoops have become today’s "Citizen Journalist".
Along with their own blog and a YouTube account, they are this generations
Murrow, Cronkite, Huntley – Brinkley, all from the comfort of their
parent’s basement. Their quality and content tend to speak for themselves.
At least give them an A for effort and an inquiring mind. Sadly,
the Pros have used the lack of formal training of the "bloggers"
as camouflage, to excuse whatever Journalism standards, training
or ethics they may have learned. This is their Big Fail.
As craven as
the politicians who leapt in front of the funeral processions to
preen and pose, "journalists" from every print and broadcast
source tossed any residual vestiges of objective reporting to reveal
Full Monty their ignorance, prejudice and progressive agenda. In
wanton efforts to satisfy their addiction to Instant Gratification,
some of the most egregious examples of factual misrepresentation,
woefully inaccurate reporting, emotive code words and blatant editorializing
filled the airwaves and pages everywhere. Only the "New Media",
the Internet with certain web sites and quality bloggers were the
sources of accurate information as the MSM went for days with mangled
stories, hyper-accusations, hearsay and innuendo exacerbating the
emotional revulsion, a natural by-product of such a heinous crime.
After 47 years
in the broadcast and print media, I found this is more to be expected
every one of the Ruling Class and the Blow-Dried Set has a solution:
reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban, arm teachers, ban hi-cap mags,
cops in every school ("National Guard!" – Barbara Boxer,
Duh/Absurdistan), "deeper" background checks and longer
wait times for firearm purchases, "closing the gun show loophole",
blah, yadda, etc.
by its absence is any in-depth investigation of whether psychotropic
drugs, anti-depressants or other SSRI prescription medication was
being used by the perpetrator. Ritalin, Prozac, Luvox, Zoloft are
some of the popular, widely prescribed drugs whose side-effects
can be devastating. Similarly, MSM reporters, commentators and
pundits apparently haven’t bothered to educate themselves – or inform
their viewers, listeners or readers of the readily available and
damning facts found here. For those cursed with a slow Internet
connection, here is an incomplete sample:
Alabama – February 5, 2010: 15-year-old Hammad Memon shot and
killed another Discover Middle School student Todd Brown. Memon
had a history for being treated for ADHD and depression. He was
taking the antidepressant Zoloft and "other drugs for the
conditions." He had been seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist.
Finland – September 23, 2008: 22-year-old culinary student Matti
Saari shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another
student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and
a benzodiazapine. He was also seeing a psychologist.
Illinois – February 14, 2008: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot
and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself
in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his
girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien.
Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amount of Xanax
in his system. He had been seeing a psychiatrist.
Finland – November 7, 2007: 18-year-old Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric
Auvinen had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight
people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School in southern
Finland, then committed suicide.
Ohio – October 10, 2007: 14-year-old Asa Coon stormed through
his school with a gun in each hand, shooting and wounding four
before taking his own life. Court records show Coon had been placed
on the antidepressant Trazodone.
There are many
too many more.
I have seen
no reports Lanza’s medication was being monitored periodically,
as required, by a psychiatrist nor I have seen reports that periodic
blood levels were being taken on him as required. Medication is
to be given in conjunction with cognitive behavior counseling
yet there is no mention of this. 25% of adults in the US are on
some type of psychiatric medication greater than any population
in the entire WORLD. If anything needs regulation, it is the drugs,
not the guns.
Surely you've seen the noted side effects for his meds, right? Fanapt
(Iloperidone): Psychiatric side effects including restlessness,
aggression, and delusion have been reported frequently. Hostility,
decreased libido, paranoia, anorgasmia, confusional state, mania,
catatonia, mood swings, panic attack, obsessive-compulsive disorder,
bulimia nervosa, delirium, polydipsia psychogenic, impulse-control
disorder, and major depression. Somehow this doesn’t raise the curiosity
of the 4th Estate. Could it be Big Pharma’s advertising
budget has an influence felt in the News Room? Watch the ABCNBCCBS
News this evening. Check the sponsors. And trust me: the Sales Dept
talks to the News and Programming Depts. Been there; heard that.
this is being written (12/21/12), there are no reports, results
or enlightening discussions or serious investigations in progress
to determine if SSRI drugs were involved, despite the occasional
reference to reports the killer had "mental problems".
This failure to report the historical pharmacological aspect of
previous mass killings – with possible involvement in the Newtown
murders – has allowed the MSM and politicians to focus the issue
entirely on guns– when the guns were no more at fault than a Chevy
SUV driven by a drunk that crashes and kills a family of 8. Is there
a rush to ban Chevy SUVs? Are Chevy SUVs declared illegal? A return
to Prohibition? Limiting parents to only3 children to minimize the
Only a fool
will blame the tool.
So why the
mass expectorating on guns? Because, egged on by a complicit media
with an anti-freedom agenda, aggressive ignorance and uncontrolled
emotion has taken control of the narrative. The practical solutions
are politically impossible and the political solutions are practically
To date, there
has been no solution offered that resolves the problem without violating
personal liberty, freedom or property rights – in essence, those
very things the government has been instituted among men to protect.
weapons": the term does not apply honestly or accurately in
any aspect of this discussion (although the media uses it incessantly).
clips": Properly called "magazines", a limit on these
to 20 rounds or 10 hypocritically exposes the supporter merely to
a lower number of bodies. It is a red herring. In a Free Society,
the "need" for such implements is irrelevant. It is a
matter of free choice by a peaceful individual.
Gun Free School
Zones, limited number of weapons permitted to be purchased ("one
gun a month") and similar flaccid, intellectually bankrupt
ideas have already been proven ineffectual at best or fatally harmful
to children, students, teachers, professors, movie goers and others.
I second the idea of replacing "gun control" with "gun safety" --
effective immediately, required gun safety and marksmanship classes
in every government school. They can be scheduled right after sex
ed. If a student is old enough to be instructed in safe sex, s/he
is old enough to be trained in the safe handling of firearms. Both
disciplines could save their life.
Debate" and subsequent "agreements" must affirmatively
answer the question: Had this law/regulation been in effect prior
to Dec 12, would it have prevented the carnage? Anything less is
a delusional exercise in futility. There are over 20,000 gun laws
in America today. Politicians never explain how more laws will make
criminals obey them. Not one or any new one can take tragedy
out of our future any more than we can legislate a perfect society.
Wilson [send him mail],
nationally ignored talk show host and occasional LRC un-indicted
co-contributor, is currently annoying miniscule audiences in a number
of markets from his technically challenged studios safely outside
the dictatorship of Toledo.
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