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Guns and Antidepressant Drugs: A Middle School Teacher’s Point of View

Posted on: January 5th, 2013

Allow me to preface this article by saying that the shootings in Connecticut are a travesty and my prayers go out to the community and family members who lost someone that day. Is the solution banning guns? I think one place to start is considering information regarding mental health.

First of all, the shooter was mentally ill. This is the population I work with in public middle school, so am speaking from experience. For some mentally challenged children who also have autism, every day is a new learning curve. What I mean by that is that for a few students, we never know what the day will entail. Will “Billy” (name changed) start cussing vile obscenities, and throw books or chairs for no apparent reason? Will he have a meltdown because he wants a particular food for lunch and he’s not allowed that particular food item, clearing the room to ensure the safety of the other students? Or will the day be calm with conversation, the student wanting hugs, and saying, “I love you”?

Bottom line, people with mental illness do not think rationally and in the case of the Connecticut shooting, it’s not the gun–it’s the shooter at fault. (One can read daily about the murders taking place in inner cities and I’m pretty sure those guns are not registered – but that is for another article.)

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  • Mike_Sr

    [quote]Bottom line, people with mental illness do not think rationally and in the case of the Connecticut shooting, it’s not the gun–it’s the shooter at fault.[/quote]
    Can we also put blame on a society that can ignore, under privacy claims, a mothers obvious and genuine concern?
    Can we additionally place some blame on the mother who had firearms inadequately secured in the same home as the person she was ‘scared of’?
    There are *so* many irrational things about the events in Conneticutt.
    Many, if not most directly caused by the gun paranoia of the very same ones who are first on the band wagon against the 2nd ammendment.
    If either or both the principal or counsellor had been properly tined and armed the story would have had a *very* different ending…
    Did the classrooms have thumb latches on the inside of the classrooms to assist in locking down the school? No?
    Lack of foresight… Lack of preparation… Lack of intervention… But, the guns are at fault…
    *Now* who’s being irrational?

    • Sandra Lee Smith

      Connecticut was a “false flag” event; that kid probably didn’t shoot anyone, but maybe himself. Listen to the police tapes of their “chatter” on scene. That mother may have had cause to be scared of her son, but this was intended to garner exactly the result it got!

    • GDC

      YOU are IGNORANT, STUPID and SERIOUSLY MENTALLY SICK!!!

      • Mike_Sr

        All caps is a sign of a screaming rant. You give no basis for calling me ‘seriously mentally sick’.
        Usually a screaming senseless rant without basis of fact is the first certifiable sign of a commitable mental illness…
        Which you have done, and I have not… So, who is the sick one?

        • reggiec

          Ignore trolls

      • SIRWIZARD

        Well, GDC, you certainly have a way with words. I’m just curious…If someone is ignorant, that’s a curable condition. If someone is stupid, there is no cure. Stupid people would, of course be ignorant because they’re stupid, but would it matter? If someone is stupid, would it matter if they were seriously mentally sick? Oddly, the condition called “LIBERALISM” can be attributed to one of two (and rarely both) causes…namely “Stupid” or “Mentally ill”. Thank God for those bumper stickers, huh? Without ‘em you wouldn’t know what to substitute for rational thought. But thanks for your enlightened, thoughtful input to a serious problem. Personally, I see a much better solution to gun control: OUTLAW LIBERALISM. The things that one act would solve would be nothing short of miraculous. Happy ranting, GDC. Is that short for “Girls Don’t Cry”? “Gays Don’t Care”? “Guns Don’t Care”?

  • Sandra Lee Smith

    Has NO ONE wondered WHERE all this “autism” suddenly came FROM? When I was a student nurse, and later a practicing nurse, beginning in the mid ’60s, autism was a RARE condition. Now it’s almost epidemic. WHY? Well, for one thing there are dozens more “vaccines” being foisted on children at earlier ages, and in clusters; for another our water is fluorinated, which is a known toxic by-pproduct of making aluminum and plutonium; then there are the myriad pesticides, and herbicides that have flourished in use since those years, and if if will kill some pest, it WILL also kill us, albeit probably more slowly. Since most of the organophosphates used for that are cumulative in our systems, like radiation, even small exposures over time can eventually be harmful or lethal. Now they’re adding GMO foods that are KNOWN to be seriously harmful to the organisms eating them, and no surprise that either; tinker with the genes in a food source, and everything up the food chain from it will be affected as well. Look at the Codex Alimentarius put out by the WHO, which has been in effect in this nation for 3 years now; SEE what is being DONE to our food supplies, and to us through them. Autism’s increase is not a surprise in reality; developing brains are being deliberately damaged!

    • GDC

      YOU NEED PSYCHIATRIC HELP!!!

      • Sandra Lee Smith

        For pointing out some obvious truths? Why? because you don’ t like them? Have you ever studied any part of medicine? Or anything about hazardous materials? I have done.

        • GDC97

          YOUR OBVIOUS TRUTH IS a PSYCHOTIC DELUSION!!!

          • Sandra Lee Smith

            In your “drug-fogged” and liberal damaged mind I’m sure it is; but to those who know anything about this subject, from a professional standpoint, that’s a very different perspective. BTW, your childish “yelling’ and labels don’t hurt me, nearly as much as the rage is doing YOU.

          • GDC

            I have STUDIED PSYCHOLOGY for OVER 50 YEARS and

            Psychotropic Medications ALSO!!! HOW MANY YEARS have YOU studied PSYCHOLOGY and MEDICATIONS???

             

            It is OBVIOUSLY YOU that IS in a DRUG induced PSYCHOSIS!!!

             

            It is OBVIOUSLY YOU that IS in a DRUG induced PSYCHOSIS!!!

          • Sandra Lee Smith

            Only if you consider SAM-e, DLPA, and L-tryptophan drugs, which most serious students of pharmacology DON’T! As for psychosis; I’m not the one repeating myself. And I am connected with reality; apparently better than you are, despite those extra years of study; I only studied it about 40 or so; and got it in that time.

          • I_P_Frehley

            Woogity Boogity

      • SIRWIZARD

        So, Lucy Van Pelt, ya still charge 5-cents for your services? Are you sure you’re qualified to make such a judgement against another person that didn’t burn their brain out on drugs so they could be a Liberal?

      • I_P_Frehley

        Keep on a-trolling good buddy

  • rocka692

    This did not happen yesterday it has been in the planning and trial stages for years. Remember the LSD studies people jumping out of windows and his sons have another suit against the Fed for mind control. The gun control poster boys for the shooters have a lot of things in common. All above average intelligence, some or college graduates and etc.
    It would never benefit the people who believe in the 2nd amendment to commit these crimes these crimes help frame the question “would the USA be better off without Guns and weapons not I used weapson as well” The Congress and Senate are the same people who just voted on the Fiscal Cliff. The last thing a 2nd amendment supporter wanted to happen was some person shoot up a class room of students. Where are the Parent usually when tragedy strikes the main street media is waltzing these people into interviews. Is it possible we are witnessing something else?

  • CaptTurbo

    As we all know, the gun is simply a tool. A tool by the way of which ownership is granted by God and guaranteed by the Second Amendment. The problem is many fold but not the fault of the gun. We have a morality problem. We have a corruption problem in our government that feeds on the destruction of Society’s values. Work on the root of the problem by excising the evil components in the government or you will need those tools to defend yourselves against tyranny.

  • GDC97

    What people do NOT know is that anti-depressants are NOT anti-depressants!!! They are MOOD ELEVATORS!!! LEGALIZED cocaine, amphetamines. They can and DO cause PSYCHOSIS in some people. Those using “anti-depressants” NEED to be watched carefully. For some that it works for it great. Others it is hell.

  • I_P_Frehley

    Isn’t blaming Big Pharma for rushing very dangerous and wholly untested brain altering drugs to market (not to mention demanding their use) un-American nowadays?

 
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