California Shooter Likely Prescribed Drugs by the VA that are Tied to Most Mass Shootings


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 Thousand Oaks, CA — Another tragic mass shooting has taken place and,  as usual, both sides are using it to further their political agenda. As  the left blames guns and the right blames mental illness, both sides are completely missing the elephant in the room. If Ian David Long was diagnosed with PTSD, as reported, he was likely prescribed a slew of medications from the VA which have been tied to most every mass shooting in recent history. According to his neighbors and family, Long suffered from PTSD. While  those who suffer from PTSD can have a myriad of horrific symptoms,  homicidal ideation is not one of them. However, the drugs the VA doles out to treat PTSD most certainly carry warnings just like this. Like many of the recent mass shooters, Long was visited by police for  acting irrational and displaying signs of aggression and violence  before the shooting. 

He was most recently visited by police in April  after neighbors reported hearing him screaming and sounds like he “was  tearing down the walls with a hammer.” Authorities say they identified the Facebook page and Instagram  account associated with the shooter who made an ominous post just before  shooting up the bar in which he referred to himself as “insane.” Not surprisingly, there have been no calls by the mainstream media to delete Facebook and Instagram like the ones that led to the deletion of Gab last month. Long also filmed himself as he opened fire on Borderline Bar and  Grill in Thousand Oaks, holding his Glock .45 in one hand and his cell  phone in the other, according to police sources cited by TMZ. 

What’s more, in the post allegedly made by Long on Facebook, the  writer says: “I hope people call me insane… (laughing emojis).. wouldn’t  that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah.. I’m insane, but the  only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’..  or ‘keep you in my thoughts’… every time… and wonder why these keep  happening…” Could Long’s post on Facebook been a reference to the prescription  drugs he’d been taking? 

While his sentiment closely resembles that of  the people who call for gun control after shootings, considering he was  about to use a gun, it could also be referring to the drugs that may  have led to him having the thoughts that made him go into the bar that  night. It is important to note that there are tens of thousands of veterans  with PTSD who live their lives as close to normal as possible and never  dream of carrying out such horrifying violence. 

The overwhelming  majority of people with a mental illness are not a threat and should  never be demonized as such—especially in instances like this following a  mass shooting. That being said, however, the treatment for various mental illnesses should be highly scrutinized. While marijuana has shown to be effective at treating PTSD, federal  law prohibits its use and the VA is not allowed to prescribe it.  Instead, dangerous SSRIs/SNRIs are recommended by the VA to treat PTSD,  like Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, and Effexor. 

Image: Screen capture from VA website on PTSD treatment.

As TFTP has reported on numerous occasions, the majority of mass  shooters have links to psychological medications that carry serious  warnings for side-effects on their labels. David Katz, Stephen PaddockOmar MateenGavin Long, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, James Holmes, and Nikolas Cruz,  all have one thing in common other than the mass murders they carried  out. They were all reportedly taking prescription drugs which alter  their state of mind and carry a host of negative side effects ranging  from aggression and suicide to homicidal ideation. 

There have been 150 studies in 17 countries on these antidepressant-induced side effects. There have been 134 drug regulatory agency warnings from 11 countries and the EU warning about the dangerous side effects of antidepressants. Despite this deadly laundry list of potential reactions to these medications, their use has skyrocketed by 400% since 1988. Coincidentally, as antidepressant use went up, so did mass shootings. 

The website has been documenting the link between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and violence. On the website is a collection of over 6,000 stories  that have appeared in local media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals)  in which prescription drugs were mentioned and in which the drugs may  be linked to a variety of adverse outcomes including most of the mass  shootings which have taken place on US soil. 

As the Citizens Commission on Human Rights notes,  before the late nineteen-eighties, mass shootings and acts of senseless  violence were relatively unheard of. Prozac, the most well known SSRI  (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant, was not yet on  the market. When Prozac did arrive, it was marketed as a panacea for  depression which resulted in huge profits for its manufacturer Eli  Lilly. Of course other drug companies had to create their own cash cow  and followed suit by marketing their own SSRI antidepressants. 

Subsequently, mass shootings and other violent incidents  started to be reported.  More often than not, the common denominator was  that the shooters were on an antidepressant, or withdrawing from one.   This is not about an isolated incident or two but numerous shootings.

The issue of psychotropic medication playing a role in mass shootings  is not some conspiracy theory. It is very real and the drug  manufacturers list these potentially deadly side effects on the very  inserts of every one of these drugs. But the mainstream media and the  government continue to ignore or suppress this information. Why is that? It is no secret that the pharmaceutical industry wields immense  control over the government and the media. It is their control which  keeps any negative press about their dangerous products from airing.  However, most people likely do not know the scope of this control.

 As Mike Papantonio, attorney and host of the international television show America’s Lawyer, explains, with the exception of CBS, every major media outlet in the United States shares at least one board member with at least one pharmaceutical company.  

To put that into perspective: These board members wake up, go to a  meeting at Merck or Pfizer, then they have their driver take them over  to a meeting with NBC to decide what kind of programming that network is  going to air. In the report below, Papantonio explains how the billions of dollars  big pharma gives to mainstream media outlets every year is used to keep  them subservient and complicit in covering up the slew of deadly side  effects from their products. 


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