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Guest Column: Guns, mental illness, pharmaceuticals and a proposal for reducing mass murders

May 8, 2013

By David Mulvain

All people, in all parts of the world, have a God-given right to life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, the people of many nations do not enjoy these rights because they lack the means to secure them and to hold on to them.

The Founding Fathers of our country, after winning our freedom from Britain by force of arms, put the Second Amendment in place to guarantee that we, as individuals and as a nation, have the means to rise up against our oppressors and protect those rights from any force that would attempt to take them from us, be it a burglar breaking into our home, an enemy invasion, or even our own government, should that become necessary to preserve our rights.

Look at history. In many of the countries where guns have been taken out of the hands of the citizenry, oppression has followed. Look around the world. In many places in the world where people do not have guns to defend themselves and their rights against armed oppressors, they have no rights, not even the right to life.

Look at the cities in the United States that have banned guns. The crime rates go up. Taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens does not prevent crime with guns.

However, guns in the hands of mentally unstable people are highly associated with the worst of the violent crimes. The media have created the illusion that it is semi-automatics and large-capacity clips that maximize the carnage, but that is seldom the case. Even if guns could actually be made to disappear, what would replace them when someone wanted to do a lot of damage; bombs? They are already a worldwide threat, as are machetes and even hammers. It’s clear that gun ownership restriction does not address the underlying cause of gun violence. And to set the record straight, assault weapons are fully automatic, not semi-automatic.

The real driver behind mass murders is mental instability. There is talk about better mental health care, but the law makes it illegal to confine anyone, no matter how dangerously insane they are, until they have committed a crime. It is also impossible to identify individuals who will become a serious threat to others before they commit a crime. The treatment of choice for mental illness is drugs, but anti-depressant drugs are nearly worthless for depression for most people.

There is, however, a way to dramatically reduce the most violent of the school and other mass murders and suicides. Take the selective serotonin uptake inhibiting (SSRIs) drugs used to treat depression off the market. Studies show they drive some individuals to extreme violence and/or suicidal behavior. Nearly all of the mass murderers have been either using SSRIs, or just stopped using them before their murderous rampages.

Pharmaceutical companies have quietly made big settlements to people damaged by SSRIs. Why doesn’t the public know this? Why aren’t our medical professionals and politicians paying attention to a way to reduce gun violence that actually will make a difference? I hope it is not the financial influence of the manufacturers of those drugs.

Chronic depression, unlike situational depression, is usually caused by poor lifestyle decisions, including high consumption of sugary and caffeine-loaded beverages, high-carbohydrate diets and a deficiency of foods high in essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Use of illegal drugs can also stimulate feelings of uncontrollable anger and extreme aggression.

A nutritious diet that is free of stimulants, including sugar, and with basic support supplements and anti-depressant herbals almost always reduces the feeling of depression caused by poor lifestyle in a few days.

David Mulvain, M.S., is a nutritional consultant from northern Illinois.

From the May 8-14, 2013, issue

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