OK, I’ve tried to avoid this, but I can’t. On The News (if you can call it that) is an endless stream of histrionics over the shooting in Newtown. Endless parade of “the usual suspects”. Ban the guns. The kid just had to be a sociopath. Now on Hannity they are going on and on about lack of empathy and being emotionally empty by ADHD kids and / or Aspergers folks.
A big pile of crap.
The notion that Aspes lack emotional connection is just daft. The idea that there’s no empathy is even more brain dead. I have trouble with too much empathy, not too little. Some bum on the street has no coat, I feel his cold and want to give him my coat, shirt, shoes, you name it. Admittedly, I’m at the ‘on the border’ range, not deep into the ‘spectrum’, but I’ve known others and there’s lots of evidence from others, such as Temple Grandin, that Aspes are very much full of empathy. (Often more to animals than to other people, but that’s mostly because other people lie and hide who they really are so much. We get mixed readings as we see through that to the person inside in addition to the ‘top story’ and that can be confusing.)
Unfortunately, one of the results of this latest event IS a labeling of the shooter as an Asperger’s kid. And folks are focusing on the syndrome and NOT on the context. Talking about requiring having the whole FAMILY psych evaluated as a term for gun ownership. (As the Mom owned the guns and banning the Aspe kid from buying would not have stopped this.)
Then there is the Loony Side Of Left constantly bleating to “Ban ASSAULT Weapons!!!!”, deliberately or stupidly (or both) confounding the actual definition of an Assault Rifle with the “ugly gun lookalike” semi-Automatic. (A REAL assault rifle has a FULL Automatic mode. There are NO “assault rifles” available to the general public without going through a special licensing program and paying $Hundreds for special fees and licenses. NO real Assault Rifle has been used in these events / shootings other than by the police.) But even folks on Fox News are adopting the broken definition of “Assault Rifle” as “Ugly Semi-Auto” that has been pushed by The Left for a generation now.
What’s missing in all this?
THE root cause is, IMHO, the drugs being handed out like candy to any kid who doesn’t sit placidly and “behave”. The diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is “way up”. Why? Because ‘people in power’ don’t like independent kids. If you are not quiet and placid enough on demand, you must have an illness. Worse, if you get diagnosed, you can get special help at school and often special payments from various government programs. My spouse regularly has to deal with parents WANTING their kid to be designated as a ‘special needs’ kid for various reasons. Pushing for getting a kid drugged up is common and seen as frequently being a desirable result. The number of times I’ve heard “He didn’t take his meds and we really need to get him back on them.” or “Mom needs to understand to get the kid some meds” is “not small”…
So what ARE these drugs? Typically drugs of the family of Ritalin, Alderol, Luvox. And what is listed as “side effects” for them? Oh, little things like psychological problems, increased aggression, violence, emotional problems. Occasionally suicidal ideation. Think with a few dozen million kids on those drugs maybe 3 or 4 a year might just have some of those symptoms to excess?
Side effects most commonly observed with fluvoxamine include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, insomnia, dizziness, nervousness, anxiety, dry mouth, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, heart burn, appetite suppression, muscle weakness, “pins and needles” sensation, abnormal taste, headache, faster heart beat, sweating, weight gain, weight loss or unusual bruising. Other side effects which are observed more frequently in children include abnormal thoughts or behaviour, cough, increased menstrual pain, nose bleeds, increased restlessness, infection and sinusitis. Sexual side effects with fluvoxamine are less pronounced than with other SSRIs.
Fluvoxamine is a potent and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor with approximately 100-fold affinity for the serotonin transporter over the norepinephrine transporter. It has negligible affinity for the dopamine transporter or any other receptor, with the sole exception of the σ1 receptor. It behaves as a potent agonist at this receptor and has the highest affinity of any SSRI for doing so. This may contribute to its antidepressant and anxiolytic effects. Reports indicate confusion, decreased anxiety to the point of negative affect, and aggressiveness.
In an unprecedented move, a committee formed by a group of Colorado state legislators, chaired by Rep. Penn Pfiffner (R-Lakewood), has blasted psychotropic “mind-altering” drugs being inflicted upon the nation’s young people. The committee is asking the Colorado state Board of Education to ban the use of the government-mandated drug Ritalin in Colorado schools.
[...] They cited recent cases of school shootings, and noted that most of the assailants involved in the shootings were on ADD-prescribed drugs. Eric Harris’s use of Luvox was given as an example.
Don’t suppose you saw that in the news anywhere…
Ritalin and similar drugs are first cousins of Speed. Meth. You know, the drug that is known to cause dramatic aggression and violent behaviour?
Left to their own devices, Aspes are generally quiet, shy, sometimes to the extent of being called ‘withdrawn’ by those who can not stand to be alone with themselves, and prone to being so non-violent that they often do not even defend themselves when attacked. So what do we do? We try to “fix that” by medicating them with a class of drugs that causes more involvement (and for the ADHD folks more ‘focus’) but turns placid into violent and aggressive.
Now they want to blame the Aspes and ADHDs for what has been done to them.
Ritalin Side Effects and Warnings
Updated August 21, 2012
Schedule II Substance
Brand Names: RITALIN, RITALIN LA, RITALIN SR
Generic Name: METHYLPHENIDATE HCI (HYDROCHLORIDE)
Category: CEREBRAL STIMULANTS
Ritalin (methylphenidate) is an amphetamine-like prescription stimulant commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adults.
Many think Ritalin (methylphenidate) is safe, or mild, because so many children use it. However, the government classifies the psychoactive drug with cocaine and morphine because it is highly addictive.
Ritalin is very closely related to amphetamine: similar in chemical structure, metabolization and clinical effects.
Common Side Effects
Nervousness including agitation, anxiety and irritability
Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
Less Common Side Effects
High blood pressure
Rapid pulse rate (and other heart problems)
Tolerance (constant need to raise the dose)
Feelings of suspicion and paranoia
Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not there)
Overdose Side Effects
Hyperreflexia (overactive reflexes, which can include twitching or spasms)
Symptoms of depression
Seizures or abnormal EEGs
High blood pressure
Rapid heart beat
Swelling of hands/feet/ankles (for example, numbing of the fingertips)
Chronic abuse can manifest itself as psychosis, often indistinguishable from schizophrenia
Think that maybe having a schizoid depressed panic ridden hallucinating aggressive paranoid might, just maybe, have a little bit of something to do with folks “going postal” and shooting others? Hmmmm?
No, none of those side effects is going to happen all the time. Yes, they are modestly rare. Yet, if you’ve been taking these for, oh, 15 years, you’ve likely had to escalate the dose and maybe even gotten to kind of like buzzing a bit on some O.D. from time to time. Now spread that over a few dozen Million kids… It’s pretty much a given that you will get a “1 in a Million” reaction every year.
It’s Not About The Guns
Sorry, it just isn’t. It’s about the shooter behind the gun.
Know what happens when you ban the guns?
You get more poisonings and fire bombings and explosives and ….
Think that classroom would have been any better if the guy had come in lobbing gasoline bombs at the kids in a corner? How about if he just snuck into the cafeteria (not hard as his mom was a teacher there. Likely would have gotten an escort and a ‘what would you fancy?’ on the way). Once there, it’s trivial to spike the salt shakers with a variety of interesting things. (That I won’t go into for obvious reasons). Heck, there are rather easy to make / get contact poisons where just touching the surface can do you in.
Notice what the Pros used? Arafat was killed via toxin (radiological it’s believed). Russia has done in several folks with radiologicals and ricin. Prior to the invention of The Gun, the mode of murder of choice was poisons (especially among women). Ban the gun, you get a big increase in poisonings. Ever catch the guy who sent the Anthrax through the mail?
Think a paranoid with hallucinations is NOT going to “find another way”?
Frankly, I could do-in a lot more folks with a weed sprayer than with a rifle.
Notice that poison is a “weapon of mass destruction” that our government is especially worried about? That’s for a reason. Mix household bleach with Ammonia cleaner you get the first poison gas used in W.W.I. Chlorine. ( A later more effective gas was invented by a guy from my home town. It was made, but the W.W. ended before the first batch reached deployment.) With kids in High School today making transgenic bacteria that glow in the dark, think they can’t figure out how to grow out and freeze dry some Anthrax? Or worse…
But surely we don’t need those (Oxymoronic) ‘semi-automatic assault weapons’!! Well, aside from the fact that they are no more lethal than any other “legitimate hunting rifle”, there’s that fact that they just are not an assault rifle. Then there’s the fact that the 2nd Amendment is NOT about hunting. It is about the ability of the People to tell their Government “Enough is enough”. A “stage of development” that seems to be getting closer by the day… But even if you want to toss that under the bus. JUST allow “legitimate hunting rifles”… Those are what will be called “sniper rifles” before you can blink. Anyone remember the Beltway Sniper? Oh, and it’s MUCH easier to ‘police the brass’ from them and not leave evidence behind. Swap from semi-auto handguns to revolver, you just made forensics a whole lot harder for police.
One final point: I can put more 9 mm pellets ‘down range’ faster with a pump shotgun than with a semi-auto anything. Not only that, the “magazine capacity” is functionally unlimited as they can be stuffed in the tube about as fast as you can pump it. Big pouch on the hip and you can shoot all day. (Skeet shooters do that). So think those innocent kid victims would be any better off with 00 Buckshot instead?
See, that’s the problem with a focus on “the tool” and not on “the criminal”. Criminals are going to find a different tool.
I have an interesting book I picked up along the way. “Modified and improvised firearms”. I think it was just after the Star Trek episode when Kirk made a gun / cannon out of rocks and giant bamboo ;-) The Chinese had a “machine crossbow” hundreds of years ago. At first, I thought the ‘darts’ (technically ‘bolts’) were just too tiny to do any significant damage. Turns out they were dipped in a plant poison. These can be found growing in flower gardens nationwide. (No, I won’t give the names). Seems the world has been dealing with crafty creative paranoid aggressives for quite a while…
Please try to NOT have this thread turn into a “does so – does not” food fight over “gun control”. It accomplishes nothing. (Either one. The food fight OR the gun ban laws).
My purpose in posting this is just to try to get a bit more attention on what is almost certainly the real “root cause”. A large number of kids spending their development years drugged up on some serious medication that has exactly the kind of side effects that we see manifested in the behaviour of the “shooters”. They’ve just reached a breaking point, or after ‘getting out’ held enough resentment, that the target of their rage was the prison they were forced, by law, to endure.
Want to fix it? Let the kids who “are different” have a different experience. Let the free spirits have a choice of self paced, or home schooling, or Montessori or any of a dozen others. Just don’t hand out amphetamine analogs like chocolates and expect everything to be all rosy…