With the media and politicians looking for something to blame for the Navy Yard shooting, the real cause may be getting overlooked.
The media were quick to focus on the dreaded AR-15, the scary-looking “assault rifle” that every toddler can allegedly get his hands on — until it turned out the shooter, Aaron Alexis, hadn’t used an AR-15 but a shotgun, the kind of weapon Vice President Joe Biden recommend people buy for home defense.
Marxist politicians like Sen. Dianne Feinstein are using the shooting to call yet again for Americans to give up their guns, even though it was the government-ordered lack of ammunition that prevented the troops at the Navy Yard from stopping the shooter.
The shooter’s background doesn’t yield any immediate clues as to a motivation. He was upset about not being paid by a former employer, he felt some discrimination as a black man, he leaned a bit to the Left as an Obama supporter, he belonged to a Buddhist temple, he left no manifesto behind — none of it adds up to a motive.
He spent a lot of time playing violent video games, but even that doesn’t seem like a direct causal link to Monday’s shooting spree.
He had a history of mental problems and minor arrests that may have been related to them. Most recently, he called police in early August to a Rhode Island hotel where he was staying, saying he had switched rooms several times because he was hearing voices through microwave vibrations, and that there were strange people following him.
According to information that’s been made public, Alexis was being treated since August by the Veterans Administration for mental problems. It’s unclear if the voices precipitated his treatment or if they occurred after the beginning of his treatment.
Although no one at the VA has confirmed it, it’s almost a certainty that Alexis was on psychiatric medication at the time of the shooting. It’s been reported that Alexis suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, blackouts and anger issues — all of which are treated with drugs.
Psychiatric drugs were present in the Batman theater shooting, Columbine and other notorious mass shootings. But the media have rarely shown any interest in following up on the violence-causing effects of many of the mood-altering drugs that are routinely prescribed these days.
The pharmaceutical industry spends billions of dollars a year on media advertising, and they do a booming business doping up any kids who get classified as hyperactive or having attention deficit.
If we want to do something to stop mass shootings, we need to stop chipping away at the Second Amendment and start investigating what pharmaceutical companies are doing in the name of profits to our children and those in need of mental health care.