His pharmaceutical records will tell the story. My guess he was on several psychotropic drugs, probably ot least one atypical antipsychotic, all courtesy of prescriptions from psychiatrists at the VA. It is likely that these very same drugs are ones the psychiatrists and the bureaucracies at the VA has been repeatedly "warned" not to use anymore.
Recent major international pharmaceutical studies done on returning vets who committed suicide tell us what the dangerous pharmaceuticals are. You would probably recognize the drug names. You may even be taking one or two yourself. The problem is that what the reporters don't tell us --- or aren't allowed to tell us by their editors --- is about the huge lobbying power of the pharmaceutical companies, the hospitals, the AMA, the American Psychiatric Association, the nurses unions, the hospital employees unions, the medical supply manufacturers, the newspapers and magazines that publish the big drug ads ... the list gets very long.
Why don't reporters ever focus on this factor early in their reporting on shootings like this, before the media attention dies down enough to make sure that any such story that ever gets published is on page 13 instead of page 1?
Why is the VA using psychotropic drugs that have been proven to be dangerous? Why aren't they using proven approaches like long term psychological counseling by highly skilled, experienced psychologists?
It certainly isn't because of hospital costs or that it would cost too much to hire highly skilled psychologists and therapists. this sort of care costs too much --- in fact the proper care is far cheaper. There are other reasons, and those reasons are very ugly and unforgivable.
Oh well, who cares? Apparently nobody except folks like you and me who are the victims of today's shootings and the shooter, their families, and their friends. Until it happens to you or me.
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