Psych drugs: the real mass killer?

Psychiatric drugs are involved in a huge proportion of mass shootings, as well as suicides and other violent acts, and this video reveals how deeply the drugs, not guns, may be impacting on society.

Guns are blamed for the mass killings that keep making headlines and inflaming anti-gun lobbyists, but almost no one is looking seriously at the roles of medication and mental health.

The side effects of prescribed psychiatric drugs can be horrendous, and if guns can be labelled the tool for mass killings, these medications could be called the trigger.

“There is overwhelming evidence that psychiatric drugs cause violence,” states the Citizens Commission for Human Rights International, an organisation that is calling for a US federal investigation into the use of psychiatric drugs.

“22 International drug regulatory warnings cite violence, mania, hostility, aggression, psychosis and even homicidal ideation. School shootings committed by individuals under the influence of such drugs have resulted in 109 wounded and 58 killed.”

CCHR also points out that in many cases, the records relating to the mental health treatments being used by mass killers have not been made public. That information has not been released in regards to Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, but it has been reported he was receiving some kind of treatment. The medical records of one of the infamous Columbine killers, Dylan Klebold, have been kept secret by authorities, but it’s known he and his fellow shooter, Eric Harris, had undergone mental health treatment.

A well researched article on has plenty of detail on the subject.

This video raises many questions, and makes the link between the rise of mass killings and the increased prescription of psychiatric medications.

As we’ve said many times, the issue is not guns, it is much broader and more complex than that. The gun control argument is not just flawed, it’s futile if society doesn’t tackle the root causes of violence.

We’ve highlighted this video for the questions it raises, especially in context of the gun-control lobby’s vociferous attacks on firearms and legitimate shooters. We do not intend it as a comment on psychiatry or the mental health industry, which is well outside our area of expertise. We do not necessarily endorse the CCHR. MM.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.