At first glance you wouldn’t think these two have anything in common. And you would be right to think that especially since they shouldn’t be grouped in together. However, the two are more closely linked that you would think. Well, that’s not a fair statement. The more accurate statement should read something like this, “Big Pharma and guns are linked when it comes to mass shootings.” There that’s the most accurate way of tying the two together. What do I mean? Let’s look at several things.
What do the majority of mass shootings have in common other than they occur in gun free zones? Well we are finding that the gunmen are also on psychotropic medicine which greatly influences their decision making. Am I blaming the drug industry alone? No, of course not, but they can not be overlooked as we are seeing a mass increase in prescribed medicine to the public. We are in a time where Big Pharma and their influence is great in power. Just look at the television on any given night and count the pharmaceutical commercials pushing their products in the disguise of a more full life, a more productive life. Now during that same commercial count the number of side effects vs. the cause the drug is suppose to be treating. It’s mind boggling the number of side effects of using the drug vs. the symptoms that originally brought you to the need of the drug in the first place. In some cases it’s almost worth it to have the symptom and not the side effects of the prescribed medication.
While I am not, and do not claim to be a doctor or even a novice when it comes to medicine, I can not ignore the damaging effects that is plaguing us today with prescribed medicine. I always say, “If you go to your doctor and the first thing he doesn’t ask you is about your eating habits, then leave immediately cause that should be the first question of a health care physician.” It just seems like the first and only step nowadays is to check vitals, run some test, and finally prescribe the remedy through a magic pill. Why not look into the root of the cause like what we put into our bodies? We have a very complicated immune system that is designed to flush and fight many attacks that invade our bodies, but like anything else we need to take care of the immune system.
Now I am not against medicine at all. I see its benefits when prescribed and administered correctly. I just want the doctor and healthcare industry to be responsible to their patients, not Big Pharma. And unfortunately the latter seems to be the norm. I could write a whole article on Big Pharma, but that is not my purpose of this article. I want to address the concerns I have of the gun confiscation that seems to be looming and all aspects of the “mass shooting” epidemic we seem to find ourselves in today.
So back to the issue….Big Pharma vs. guns. First, why do I feel like there is a gun confiscation looming around the corner? I see the United Nations, along with the democratic party looking at every chance to pass new laws, regulations, and sanctions on the right to bear arms. Republicans aren’t exempt. While they seem to be vocal, they are not really pushing the 2nd amendment like we need them to. It is a coordinated effort and the talk on Capital Hill seems to back up my suspensions. Can gun control really make us safe? No, it can not. It will only lead to more victims because criminals will never lay down their weapons regardless what law(s) are passed. After all, isn’t there a law already making murder illegal? Of course there is and because they are criminals they will not abide by it. So any kind of gun control is only going to disarm law abiding citizens and make us a helpless victim to intruders of our family, home, and property.
How can we protect ourselves and still have a society that feels safe going to the mall? To school? Or even a movie? The evidence is overwhelming in support of a good guy with a gun stops or drastically reduces the impact a shooter makes. Isn’t that why we call the police when this sort of things happen in the first place? Because we believe he is a good guy with a gun? So it is very easy to dismiss the firearm as the problem when one takes agendas out of the way and looks at the evidence. One more point to make as far as guns being the problem. If guns were the problem then no one would leave a rifle range alive, or even a gun show. However, the opposite is fact. These shootings do not happen at rifle ranges or gun shows. They happen in gun free zones. Where self protection isn’t allowed.
How does Big Pharma fit into the equation? C.C.H.R. International wrote this in one of their articles – “At least 35 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 169 wounded and 79 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs). Another article written by Natural News states the following “Nearly every mass shooting incident in the last twenty years, and multiple other instances of suicide and isolated shootings all share one thing in common, and it’s not the weapons used. The overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.”
There are tons more research and studies that all say the same thing in regards to the mental capacity of the individual on these drugs. Would making more gun free zones help? Would stricter legislation regarding firearms change this? No, of course it wouldn’t. Circling back to the point I made earlier, it would be treating a symptom and not the cause. When I really started looking into this connection I was stunned that this wasn’t the first course of action before we even talked about the tool (gun) that the individual used.
Why isn’t the mainstream media reporting these facts at every chance? Remember those pharmaceutical ads I was referring to earlier? Well they are also the sponsor of most, if not all, news channels and as we know, they will not bite the hand that feeds them. Even at our expense. I do agree it is past time to stop burying our dead due to senseless violence, but disarming law abiding citizens, or even heavily regulating the firearms industry will have no positive effect on the number of victims. Just ask the residence of New York, New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago where gun laws are the strictest, but gun deaths are higher than the nations average.
In conclusion we can minimize the deadly cost of gun violence by properly diagnosing, prescribing, and following up with healthcare officials. I am not placing the blame on them solely, but the evidence supports the claim that we, as a society, are over medicated. Watch what we put into our bodies and what comes out will be benefited. Watch who and how we trust our bodies to and take responsibility on our own health at a level we can control.
Written by: Michael Howell