The Ct.Post.com website ran an article yesterday titled, Sandy Hook Study Dragging, which on its face is one of the most biased and misinformed articles of “news” this writer has seen in some time.
As is so typical of the reporting in Connecticut, the Ct.Post.com uses the Sandy Hook shooting as an excuse to attack the gun lobby and cheerlead for increased mental health services in the state. The problem with this self-serving reporting is that there is absolutely no proof that Sandy Hook shooter, Adam Lanza, lacked good mental health services.
In fact, according to the records that have been made available, Lanza received abundant mental health care throughout his life. The problem for the Ct.Post.com, and other Connecticut “news” organizations, is that it hasn’t read the investigation of the shooting incident.
If anyone at the Ct.Post.com had read the investigation, it would have become clear that the last five years of mental health records for Adam Lanza do not exist. That’s right. Adam Lanza’s mental health records, since the age of 15, have been withheld from public review.
So how exactly has the Ct.Post.com come to the conclusion that based on the Sandy Hook shooting, and the subsequent investigation, that increased mental health services are needed or, for that matter, even desired by anyone other than the mental health and pharmaceutical industries?
The argument can, and should, be made that until Adam Lanza’s mental health records are made public and reviewed, that there should be no increases in mental health services. After all, is it not possible that Adam Lanza got the best mental health care that money could buy and maybe, just maybe, the mental health treatment he received needs to be scrutinized? Oops, can’t do that. Not on the agenda?
The Ct.Post.com article explains that “mental health screenings for buyers and sellers of firearms in Connecticut? Of course. Logic says no one would want a weapon in the hands of a mentally ill person.” Really? Let’s think about this for a moment.
Who decides which people are mentally ill? Who gets that control? If we go by the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) then just about anyone can be labeled “mentally ill.” The DSM so distorts and redefines human behavior that there is a mental illness for every human emotion, including grief and baby tantrums. So how about people who suffer from depression, ADHD, bi-polar, PTSD? Or how about people who are taking a psychiatric mind-altering drug which, at this point, includes 79 million Americans.
And, if these people are too mentally ill to own a firearm are they also too mentally ill to drive an automobile (a deadly weapon), own knives or baseball bats, continue to serve in the armed forces? It’s easy to see the ridiculousness of such thinking, unless you’re the writer of the Ct.Post.com article.
Remember it is the mental health “guessperts” that tell people who suffering from mental illness that the drugs they prescribe actually “treat” the disorder. If that’s true, why would there be any problem with mentally ill people owning a firearm, so long as they’re getting the appropriate “treatment?” The mental health community can’t have it both ways. Either psychiatric drugs “work” and “treat” the disorder, or they don’t and that needs to be investigated.
The idea that the Ct.Post.com would even suggest supporting sweeping mental health increases and firearm restrictions, without even questioning what documentation exists to support it, is insulting to the taxpayers and voters in the state. Come on. Why not just say it up front. There is zero evidence that Adam Lanza lacked good mental health care, but it’s a great excuse for the mental health industry to expand its control over the lives of the people of Connecticut. At least that would be honest.
Mad in America hosts blogs by a diverse group of writers. These posts are designed to serve as a public forum for a discussion—broadly speaking—of psychiatry and its treatments. The opinions expressed are the writers’ own.
Lets point to the biggest elephant in the room.
By age 18, a U.S. youth will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence. (on television)
– American Psychiatric Association
A Columbus principal suspended a student for three days last week after the child pointed a “lookalike firearm” at another student in class and pretended to shoot.
The boy’s age? 10. The “level 2 lookalike firearm” cited in his suspension letter? His finger.
Read more http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/student-points-finger-like-gun_n_4895507.html
Movie Body Counts tallies the actual, visible “on screen kills/deaths/bodies” of your favorite action, sci/fi, and war films. http://www.moviebodycounts.com/
It’s just the best when watching a movie and my favorite character unleashes that diabolical weapon to rain death, destruction, pain and suffering on the enemy, the antagonist the story convinced me to hate. It makes me feel alive !!!! Damb I just spilled my popcorn, 8 bucks for pop corn SOB ! but I can’t wait till this is on DVD so I can get this that feeeling again by watching it.
Sheila, thanks for this article and also for your work. I’m glad you’re using quotation marks around things like “treatment,” etc. It does become tedious having to do that all the time but in the Carrollian world of “mental health” what are our options?
I presume when now & then you use terms like “good mental health care” you know you are using an oxymoron. But you are focusing on a key issue — for me the key issue, which is the distortion and manipulation of language to convince people that their fears, confusion, pain, or for that matter ecstacy are “symptoms” of “diseases.” The conflation of metaphor and concrete reality known as “mental illness” is indeed a social/political construction, not a medical one. Who decides who is “mentally ill”? Follow the power, follow the money.
RE “At least that would be honest.” Honesty from the mental health industry ? Ya sure, LOL ! look at their track record !!!! Honesty from the mental health industry? Maybe someday dogs will stop peeing on fire hydrants too !
I agree with all of your points and sincerely thank you for your article.
However, I find your line which describes the CtPost as ‘an excuse to attack the gun lobby’ disturbing. The gun lobby spends millions to keep our Congress from fairly representing the interests of the American people. Instead, this money (like all corporate PAC money, including BigPharma) is used to buy votes to keep a ridiculous number of guns with a ridiculous number of rounds in the hands of the public….just not sure why you want to defend this.
Thanks for everything else you mention…I believe that we need to know what leads to these shooting sprees..and whether meds. may have contributed to these horrific events.
Yes, I was wondering about this too (although I liked the article overall). From what I read of US news, most of these tragedies are presented in the media as “crazy person with gun …. ” and the NRA chooses to focus on only the first variable while many of us (including myself) are more concerned with the second.
Its interesting really when you think about it.
A large group of people who have “potential for harm to self or other”, subjected to brutal violations of their human and civil rights, and access to large amounts of firearms.
And we’re having trouble bringing about change? Lets hope Chairman Mao was wrong when he said political power grows from the barrel of a gun. Im hoping reason will prevail.
Just wanted to say that I consider the government our government. As a democracy, we each have a vote and a voice…at least in theory. My concern is with the influence of any big money from industries who want to sway our democracy in their direction and take our collective voice away. I think we tend to value the same things here, maybe just have different perspectives about how to protect our rights and move forward.
I feel that getting all PAC money out of our democracy is critical, whether it be BigPharma or mental health industry money…or the gun industry money. I have come to believe that we need to overturn Citizen’s United and re-take our democracy from the hands of all corporate interests. Someone from this site told me about Wolfpac which is trying to do just that…
Wishing all of us civil rights, a voice and full informed consent to all “treatments.”
Yes truth in psychiatry. The differences in our respective governmemts acroos borders makes a huge difference to the equation.
I dont live in a democracy. I live in a place where the government is handing over the mythical rights of a large portion of the population to big corporations for large sums of money, and they are doing this though enacting laws to make it all seem fair and ethical. And if you do not agree with this, then the thugs of the state will use coercion and force until you do.
If we ever get to a point where we do actually have rights, rather than minimal privileges I may feel differently.
Until then I will follow the words of one of our politicians that it is “better to die on your feet than live on your knees”.
Yes, good point…thanks for the thought provoking discussion!
Thanks for your feedback. It is very much appreciated.
If your psychiatric patient was involved in a mass shooting would you prefer to have the Nation discussing poor quality mental health services (lack of informed consent) and dangerous psychiatric drugs that hold Blackbox warnings or guns?
Connecticut legislation is focused on guns. The model legislation for the Country is coming from Sandy Hook mass murder/suicide. The legislation is called “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety”. It would be hard to discuss the legislation without mentioning guns.
Critical facts are being withheld, to be exact, 5 years of Adam Lanza’s mental health records. It is my understanding having testified in all relating hearings, the “gun label” on legislation regarding the growing number of mass murders ending in suicide does not get into a solution to protect public safety.
It is more important to have reports of certain crime and suicides committed by persons treated with psychotropic drugs gathered. A good example, legislation introduced in New York in 2001-2002 Bill 1784, An Act to amend the executive law, in relations to the reporting of certain crimes and suicides committed by persons using psychotropic drugs.
I hope this helps.
Why doesn’t the media ever speak of “SSRI murders”?
They wont ask that cause it will upset the pharma sponsors. See http://redpill.tv/big-bucks-big-pharma-marketing-disease-pushing-drugs
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Seriously going to play that way, cheat and edit out such a good pro gun point ? that’s not moderating, that’s cheating.
Maybe it was the comment about those who disagree with me got this deleted, saw that but post was clicked no take back.
Hi Copy_cat, the comment was removed for oppressive language, not pro gun arguments. I wrote to you about it, please check your email!
I never used that e-mail and forgot the password , oops. Hey look a rabbit over there, see it ?
Change it to an address you do use? Email is the only way we have to get in touch with people. http://www.madinamerica.com/user-info/
Sheila – You show your colors here more than ever–has life gotten dull with this business dragging on so uneventfully without any getting to the heart of the matter proving to affect the official order of business?
Sheila – I just got Emmeline’s worry on the above comment, while unfortunately my intention had been to congratulate you on very much so really getting the point stated loud and clear that’s the right point. I see how it could sound like I took you for a complainer, but my honest belief is that you get that there is no excuse for this foot-dragging and cheapened attitudes by officials about how it’s justified. I am going to try to imagine that every sentence can mean an insult and start saying “not to insult you, but you look great here–” I not only admire your work, it is inspiring and impossible not to believe in for me. I concur so totally with your idea of this incident and the general issues, that I shouldn’t comment except to say when I don’t.
You are doing exactly perfectly, and it would make no sense from me to say otherwise.
Thank you for you article Shiela, its important that people are aware of how the psychiatric industry is covering their backsides when it comes to these types of issues. Ive no doubt that the mental illness label will be used in order to disarm the American public.
From someone who lives in a country where this has been done (Australia) it has been nothing more than enabling an increase in brutality by the state. The statistics are massaged to make it look like it was a success, and depending on the side of the fence your on, it has been. If you value your liberty however…
Politicians here used an event like Sandy Hook as a political football, and have to this day never released all the information that they gathered. Why? Doesnt suit the agenda maybe.
Good luck keeping these bas#[email protected] honest.
The Port Arthur massacre that lead to the gun buy back scheme for anyone interested.
Sheila – In other words, to me you are giving it to them good who deserve to here they are not getting things underway effectively. You are telling the truth. You and all other lone voices in the wilderness know that you have to stand out against all the same prejudices that actually matter for stigma itself. The whole fight for truth and disclosure has to take place over again every time anyone bucks the dominant opionion in power or in the press or in the homes and workplaces.
Adam Lanza and mental illness… STFU !!! If the guy just had the right meds… none of this would have ever happened. Evil is Evil and that Lanza dude was evil or possessed by evil or what ever, what happened was evil. That’s what evil is.
I found this online “Evil has always been here” http://www.madinamerica.com/forums/topic/evil-has-always-been-here/
Psychiatry is not the tool that’s going to rid the world of evil, I think its bringing us more and itself is evil , there is something incredibly wrong with the size and scope of psychiatry in the world today, maybe it’s that false God many religions warn of.
“(Psychiatry) is that false God many religions warn of.”
Did evil and good exist before mankind was on the planet/world?
One persons “evil” is another persons “good”.
People are just making money. When the vampires suck too much blood from the host, it will end.
Lanza and all the other shooters were angry and chose to do evil. The wrong method of expressing the anger they felt. Lanza was taught to shoot, so guess what he did?
Anyone might be possessed by the feeling of anger. Normal rational people (who enjoy the present, and want a future) would calm themselves somehow.
And as to choice, if Lanza was on drugs/withdrawing from drugs, how much choice does a crack-head have , when he/she needs the crack-cocaine?
Nobody wants a gun in the hands of an average US citizen. This idea is just crazy and paranoid. The right to bear guns is a symptom of a mentally ill society.
The people need guns to defend against tyrants . The founding fathers knew that.
That’s absurd, there are no tyrants… Govt is helpful and benign…
Don’t Drug my Child or I’ll Shoot!
Aug. 30, 2011 – 4:00 – Detroit mother Maryanne Godbaldo is cleared of criminal charges related to her effort to prevent Child Services from physically taking her child from her to force the child to take Risperdal.
Godboldo was involved in a standoff March 24 when Child Protective Services authorities and Detroit Police came to remove the 13-year-old girl from the home. Authorities said she fired a handgun when police tried to kick open a door into the kitchen of the home on Blaine.
“Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer’s life if necessary.” Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306. This premise was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case: John Bad Elk v. U.S., 177 U.S. 529. The Court stated: “Where the officer is killed in the course of the disorder which naturally accompanies an attempted arrest that is resisted, the law looks with very different eyes upon the transaction, when the officer had the right to make the arrest, from what it does if the officer had no right. What may be murder in the first case might be nothing more than manslaughter in the other, or the facts might show that no offense had been committed.”
Forgot source link http://www.constitution.org/uslaw/defunlaw.htm
Smashing in doors and snatching children from parents to drug them is a symptom of a mentally ill society.
Foster Kids Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs
Part 1: Children reveal painful memories of neglect, heavy duty drug treatments.
Exploiting Newtown was a failure , it only resulted in more people learning the ugly truth about psychiatry and at the six-month anniversary of Newtown shooting and Smith & Wesson gun sales hit an all-time high in the year after the shooting.
I should really try harder to avoid the online gun debate and focus the time I donate to furthering human rights and truth in mental health.