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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
To avoid losing ad revenue, major media won't touch the relationship between psychotropic drugs and mass murderers
Despite every indication that Navy Yard shooter Aaron
Alexis was on SSRI drugs that have been linked to dozens of previous
mass shootings, the mainstream media has once again avoided all
discussion of the issue, preferring instead to blame the tragedy on a
non-existent AR-15 that the gunman didn’t even use.
We now know that Alexis “had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems.”
As Mike Adams points out,
“This is proof that Aaron Alexis was on psychiatric drugs, because
that’s the only treatment currently being offered by the Veterans
Administration for mental problems.
Alexis’ family members also
confirmed to the press that he was being “treated” for his mental health
problems. Across the medical industry, “treatment” is the code word for
The Navy Yard shooter was clearly on some form of
psychiatric drug, but the media has shown no interest in discovering its
Despite it being reported that prescription drugs were
found in the apartment of ‘Batman’ shooter James Holmes days after the
Aurora massacre, it took nine months to find out exactly what those
drugs were. Like Columbine killer Eric Harris, Holmes had been taking Zoloft, another SSRI drug linked with violent outbursts.
The length of time it took to find out that Holmes was
on Zoloft was partly because the media habitually shows zero interest in
pursuing the link between anti-depressants and violence.
As the website SSRI Stories profusely documents,
there are literally hundreds of examples of mass shootings, murders and
other violent episodes that have been committed by individuals on
psychiatric drugs over the past three decades.
The number of cases is
Why is the corporate media so disinterested in pursuing this clear connection?
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the
pharmaceutical giants who produce drugs like Zoloft, Prozac and Paxil
spend around $2.4 billion dollars a year on
direct-to-consumer television advertising every year. By running
negative stories about prescription drugs, networks risk losing tens of
millions of dollars in ad revenue.
While failing to ask questions about what SSRI drugs
Aaron Alexis was taking prior to his rampage, the media instead blamed
the shooting on assault rifles, even after it had been confirmed that no
AR-15 was used by Alexis during the massacre.
FBI assistant director Victoria Parlave stated at a
press conference on Tuesday that authorities, “do not have any
information at this time that [Alexis] had an AR-15 in his possession.”
Despite there being no evidence that an AR-15 was used, the New York Daily News ran a front page headline yesterday morning entitled, “Same Gun Different Slay,” next to a picture of an assault rifle.
Anti-second amendment crusader Piers Morgan also
erroneously blamed the shooting on “a man with a legally purchased
AR-15, who just committed the same kind of atrocity as we saw at Sandy
Hook, and Aurora,” during his CNN show on Monday.
CNN’s live news coverage also reported that Alexis had “recently purchased (an) AR-15 shotgun,” when in fact that purchase had been denied.
D.C. gun grabbers Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin also
regurgitated the false claim that Alexis used an AR-15 during the
The U.S. press has once again behaved like state media
in the aftermath of the Navy Yard shooting by pursuing the assault rifle
angle – despite the fact that it was patently false – in order to
bolster the White House’s gun control agenda.
In doing so, they have concurrently buried an integral
aspect of mass shootings that needs to be highlighted as part of a
national conversation – the clear connection between violent outbursts
and SSRI drugs.