As Joe Biden prepares his report for President Obama on how to curtail gun violence in America there will be some lip service given to mental illness and what additional steps we can take to confront it and deal with it.  Well a friend of mine has made me aware of a website that shows that mental illness isn’t a side issue but the main issue.  To be more specific it isn’t mental illness but our propensity to prescribe very dangerous mind altering drugs when someone just doesn’t fit our narrow definition of mental stablilty.  Before giving you that website for you to look at I want to give you some quick background.

There is a family of drugs out there called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs for short.  I’m neither a doctor, psychiatrist or pharmacist so I’ll be brief here.  SSRIs are antidepressants used in the treatment of depression, anxiety and personality disorders.  Common street names are Paxil, Zoloft, Lustral, Lexapro and the ever popular Prozac.  These are powerful drugs manufactured by an even more powerful pharmaceutical industry with very powerful lobbyists inside the FDA.  Yes, there is a lot of money at stake here.

Now these drugs are known to have some side effects that could very well be worse than the ills that they are supposed to cure.  Apathy, extremely vivid or strange dreams, increased depression, panic attacks, thoughts of suicide, mania, psychotic disorders, dis-associative disorders, cognitive disorders and loss of contact with reality.

Look at this website and then review the data here,  and then draw your own conclusions. (edited 2/18/18 updated web addresses)  This website lists worldwide incidents, and also lists reports that a lot of people would prefer you didn’t see.  It has nothing to do with guns and everything to do with a society that believes that we have better lives when we medicate ourselves and our kids.

The common denominator in all these incidents isn’t assault weapons, magazines that hold more than ten rounds, or even guns themselves.  The common denominator is the SSRIs, the legal drugs that doctors prescribe day in and day out.  Assault weapon bans won’t stop the stabbings, the beating with baseball bats, the bomb plots.  It is no surprise that those who hate guns can be so far off target.

There is no reason for gun control, gun bans, tougher regulations.  Unless those regulations are pointed at the pharmaceutical industry, pill mills, school nurses and school psychologists  who are too fast to diagnose illness that might not actually exist.  This is not a gun problem.   Feel free to pass this along. Demand that your congressmen see the website.  I know Joe Biden won’t look.  He’s too busy figuring out how to take away your 2nd Amendment Right.