Gun Control Part 2: Pharmaceuticals

April 18, 2013

3b2c4e211d15dba8114a33f686d1bfdf_1024Probably the most frustrating aspect of all this gun control talk happening in the United States, and amongst our politicians right now, is the fact that very little focus is being put on the root of the violence.  All the politicians want to talk about is guns.  If you only focus on the weapon of choice and not the root cause of the violence itself, you are not solving anything.   In essence you are doing nothing to keep the American public safer, including our children.

Over 66 shootings and acts of violence at schools in the  US have a common link.   What is the common link?  The use of SSRI drugs, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, etc…  and the list goes on.  It has been noted by doctors and the FDA that using such drugs and withdrawing from such drugs causes a physical and neuropsychiatric effect.

Lawmakers are focusing on the wrong issue.   Every time there is a tragedy the politicians immediately seek to blame the guns and not the people on the medication!   They fail to realize that if you outlaw the guns and not the medication these troubled people will continue to commit acts of violence but they will just use different weapons.   They are starting to see this in England where there are strict gun laws.  I read an article in a UK paper that said doctors in Manchester, England wanted to now ban knives because of all the stabbings.   When does the madness end?  Maybe, when we start using logic and common sense to deal with the root of our problems.

Antidepressants have been recognized as potential inducers of mania and psychosis since their introduction in the 1950’s.  Since the introduction of Prozac in 1987 there has been a massive increase in the number of people taking antidepressants.  The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2001 reported that over 200,000 people a year enter a hospital with antidepressant associated mania and/or psychosis.   Before the introduction of Prozac in 1987, less than 1% of our population was diagnosed with bipolar, also known as manic depression.  Now that number is 1 out of 23 Americans!

Lawmakers are proposing such measures as making gun owners have insurance policies, making gun manufacturers responsible if a gun they made is used in a crime or act of violence, and changing the “stand your ground self~defense law”.  If these laws make sense to those lawmakers, then how about they tackle the real issue and make prescription drug companies liable every time one of these acts of violence is committed while people are using their prescription drugs?  How about the FDA come under fire for allowing such dangerous drugs to be prescribed to the public and at such an alarming rate?  We all know how easy and readily these drugs are prescribed.  How about doctors come under fire for over prescribing these drugs to patients?

I fear, my fellow Americans, that we will not see such actions taken.  Why?  Because drug companies are the number one lobbyists in the US.  The pharmaceutical and health products industry has spent more than $800 million in federal lobbying and campaign donations at the federal and state levels in the past seven years, a Center for Public Integrity investigation has found. Its lobbying operation, on which it reports spending more than $675 million, is the biggest in the nation. No other industry has spent more money to sway public policy in that period!  Not even the NRA whom Democrats love to blame for our violence in America.

Maria Solorzano


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