Blame for Massacres Aimed at Law Abiding Citizens
Remember in grade school when a kid stole something off the teacher's desk and she announced the whole class was going to pay if the thief didn't come forward? Well, Vice-President Joe Biden, Eric Holder, and their fellow task force members who met this past week in the great gun debate want 80 million law abiding gunowners to pay for the acts of homicidal nutcases from John Hinckley to Adam Lanza.
Biden brazenly announced an impending "by any means necessary" strategy from his boss if gun grabbers don't get what they want.
The president is going to act. There are executive orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.
Biden hauled in reps from the NRA, Hollywood, the video game industry, and the health sector to offer their two cents, but we know it's the ordinary, gun-buying citizens the liberals are really after.
If the single most important question is how to deter violent crime, then two groups who could have really offered some valuable insights on Biden's panel were noticeably missing: Big Pharma and the dysfunctional parents raising these killers.
After all, if anti-gun fanatics get to blame the founding fathers, the "ambiguous" Second Amendment, responsible gun owners, video game manufacturers, Quentin Tarantino, and lax mental health checks, why not the billion dollar pharmaceutical industry pumping kids as young as five with dangerous brain-altering drugs and the foolish parents letting them do it? How come these two groups get a pass?
Peter Lanza, the Sandy Hook killer's father, stopped visiting his son in 2010 when Adam was eighteen. Why? Why did his mother take her obviously disturbed son to a shooting range, at the same time allowing him to play violent video games? Does "honor thy mother and father" mean parents are off limits, even when their offspring have gunned down innocent moviegoers, crowds at shopping centers and first graders sitting in classrooms? By all means, let's get their take on what they could have done differently. It's not about blaming parents; it's about leaving no stone unturned in the search for answers.
The author David Kupelian thinks there's a "gaping hole" when it comes to media coverage of the murderers' meds histories as well. He documented the use of anti-depressants and other psychiatric drugs by many of these killers, including Adam Lanza. Kupelian called out journalists for glossing over such an important factor in their reports on the shootings.
The media had provided extensive, round-the-clock coverage of precisely which firearms, manufacturers and calibers the perpetrator had used, how he had obtained them from his mother, where they were originally purchased, and so on.
But where, I'd like to ask my colleagues in the media, is the reporting about the psychiatric medications the perpetrator -- who had been under treatment for mental-health problems -- may have been taking?
Despite this, pharmaceutical companies didn't send any drug reps to Biden's meeting. I wonder why.
In 2009, the global pharmaceutical market was worth $837 billion-and it's on track to top $1 trillion by 2014. This is a lot of money to spread around, so when it comes to lobbying efforts, very few have this group's clout. Mostly, Big Pharma gets what Big Pharma wants.
Leaving out Big Pharma's role in doping kids over the last three decades, and the psychosocial background of the killers themselves conveniently leaves rightwing gun-clingers as the real target of Biden's committee.
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