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Children Who Kill--
On Prozac

Hi Folks,

Most of you who know me or follow my editorials know that I do not especially like firearms. But, I'm not foolish enough to think that it's possible to rid America of guns without upsetting the delicate balance that has long existed in this country. Although I actually dislike guns, I know that they are quite necessary if we expect to remain a free people.

Recently there have been a rash of copy-cat murders involving children and firearms. Although I am much sadened by these tragic deaths and injuries, I am not at all persuaded to legislate away our 2nd Amendment rights. There are those, however, who have used these unfortunate incidents to jerk at the strings of peoples' hearts in an attempt to legislate additional gun control. Because the millions of well-trained children who have long held a gun in this country have never gone on a rampage before, I have to ask myself why did these handful?

Maureen Sielaff recently brought to my attention an interesting fact that never made it into the main stream media. If you read her editorial carefully, you will see that it's not the guns that these children used that are at fault, but possibly the drugs these children were on when they did these terrible things. Incidently, one particular drug was common to all of them, according to Sielaff. Read it for yourself:

>     SPRINGFIELD, OREGON - Before going on a wild shooting spree at his
>Springfield Oregon high school that left 2 dead and 22 injured, Kip Kinkel
>had been attending anger control classes and was taking a prescription drug
>called Prozac. This particular drug has factored in almost all wild
>shooting sprees which have taken place in the last ten years. Eli Lilly of
>Indianapolis, Indiana was recently sued over the homicidal tendencies this
>drug is alleged to induce in patients. Prozac is commonly given to youth as
>a treatment for depression. 
>     In the book "Prozac and other Psychiatric Drugs," by Lewis A. Opler,
>M.D., Ph.D., the following side effects are listed for Prozac: apathy;
>hallucinations; hostility; irrational ideas; and paranoid reactions,
>antisocial behavior; hysteria; and suicidal thoughts. 
>     Though many are demanding stricter gun control laws as a solution to
>this sudden increase in homicidal shootings, these events do not appear to
>correlate to a sudden increase in firearm ownership. But when the
>percentage of these killers that are on Prozac is compared to the
>percentage of the general public on Prozac, a very disturbing pattern
>emerges. Though Prozac does indeed help many people suffering from
>depression, it appears that it does indeed also drive many into homicidal
>     When Kip Kinkel's home was investigated several bombs that he had
>constructed were discovered. With a ban on bombs already in place, he
>nevertheless managed to have several in his possession that he might well
>have taken to school instead of guns. So the question arises, if guns had
>been banned like bombs, would the danger have been averted? The
>unmistakable answer is that it would not. And with the shootings
>correlating far more closely with the psychiatric drug Prozac, why is the
>public put in such great danger by its widespread use, while efforts are
>directed instead toward something that shows no correlation? 
>     Apparently it is easier to drug our youth, to fill their bodies with
>drugs that many times have worse side effects on their minds and spirits
>than the problems they have. You name the attitude and there is a drug to
>supposedly help or cure it. 
>     It may be time to take the War On Drugs to where it can really be
>effective; getting these society cop-out drugs out of our children's lives.
>It may be time we rise and help our children through productive activities
>and quit drugging them senseless.  --Maureen Sielaff

185 Side Effects
of PROZAC & Ritalin

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