This second shooting episode is undoubtedly going to have people all over America asking, “What was the Fort Hood Shooter’s Motive?”
The news coming out of the Texas Army base seems to indicate that Ivan Lopez was actually a pretty good soldier that did not have a history of violence or discipline issues. So why did he go on a shooting spree that killed 3 other people and injured 16 others?
It’s important that we try to peer through the lines here because everyone who has something to lose (or gain) in regards to this highly-publicized event are going to try to conceal anything that might undermine whatever cause they have spent years fighting for.
Currently, we are hearing the term PTSD thrown around a lot. The key phrases that the media keep repeating over and over again is “self-diagnosed” with PTSD or “being evaluated for” PTSD. That means that at some point the guy told someone somewhere that he thought he might have PTSD and perhaps that he had initiated the process for getting officially diagnosed.
PTSD being the contributing cause of this tragedy seems unlikely to me. PTSD requires one to present with very specific conditions in order for a positive diagnosis. One of these is that the person must have been involved in a rather socking (traumatic) event. While Ivan Lopez does seem to have spent time on active duty in Iraq, he was assigned to a Motorized Transportation unit and, at least from what we known currently, was never placed in harms way while serving.
To say that this man may have done what he did because of PTSD is really disrespectful to those who HAVE been in traumatic events. We’re talking about being shot or seeing friends shot. Walking away from a roadside bomb blast with or without injuries. Being in a supposedly safe place like ones Forward Operating Base (FOB) in close proximity to explosions from unexpected mortar fire detonate just a dozen meters from where one was standing. These types of things.
The rush to “support the troops” had created a weird cultural phenomenon where any soldier/sailor/Marine who has said that he thinks he might be suffering from PTSD…well if he says he has it, then he has it. After all, who are you to question? You weren’t over there.
Such thinking is both silly and unproductive. You don’t get to say that you suffered “trauma” which triggered PTSD just by BEING in Iraq. Anyone who believes that such a low standard of “trauma” could induce PTSD better plan on eliminating the boot camps experience from the Marine Corps completely. I assure you that my experience on Paris Island was more “traumatic” than driving a truck around in the middle of the most secure bases in Iraq. Oh, and don’t question me. You weren’t ON the Island.
The really important implications in this event are related to the fact that being quick to point the finger at PTSD and then be done with it takes the focus off of what we REALLY need to be investigating.
We need to be looking at Anti-Depressants.
You see, while the media keeps saying that this Lopez fellows was “self reported” as having PTSD, they ALSO keep saying that he was “being treated for depression”. This is really quite huge.
Having recently completed my studies in Psychology at the University of Michigan Dearborn, I can confidently say that it’s common knowledge in the mental health community that antidepressants can lead to suicidal thoughts and tendencies – especially in adolescents. This is why psychologists will often hold off on prescribing SSRI drugs like Paxil and Prozac.
Here’s the connection that nobody seems to be making. Or rather, it’s the connection that THEY (the pharmaceutical oligarchy and those who support them) don’t want the public to make.
Doesn’t it make sense that if a drug can cause a normal person to all-of-a-sudden have thoughts of suicide (killing someone else) that it’s entirely plausible that they would also be likely to have thoughts of killing someone ELSE? (homocide)
Of course, there’s no science on this, right? And why would there be? You think that some drug company is going to sponsor a study that comes to the conclusion that taking antidepressants might remove the natural restraints which keep from people from killing each other? Do you think that so-called “impartial” universities are going to conduct such a study when they receive so much funding from the pharmaceutical sector?
Think about this from a public perception standpoint. A university comes up with research that shows conclusively that antidepressants cause some troubled teens to kill themselves. Everyone shakes their head and feel a bit bad but do they require the drug be banned? No. After all, it’s not THEIR kid which is killing themselves and the kid is only a threat to themselves – not to others.
Of course, if we flip that around and all of a sudden we find out that the troubled teens who take antidepressants are not just a threat to themselves, but ANYONE of ANY AGE are at risk. And not just at risk for killing themselves but risk for killing any number of OTHER PEOPLE!
THAT, my friends, is something to raise a hue and cry about. It’s not just your kid at risk when they take Paxil but it’s my kid too? It’s not just your husband at risk when he takes Prozac but MY husband too?
Such revelations would cause a public panic which would end up in new regulations on these drugs. It would upend our trust that these SSRI drugs are the “holy grail” for millions of depression sufferers. Such broad usage as we see today would come to and end which would also cut into the profit margins of Big Pharma – heavily.
Now consider what we’ve seen with Ivan Lopez. The guy killed HIMSELF didn’t he? Isn’t suicidal ideation and tendencies something we know to be associated with drug treatment for depression? Why would we not think that his killing of OTHERS was part and parcel to the same series of side effects emanating from the taking of antidepressants?
Mark my words – within 50 years everyone will “know” that SSRI antidepressants can cause people not only to kill themselves, but to kill others as well. We’ll recognize that we will never find the Fort Hood Shooter’s motive because Ivan Lopez didn’t have one. The drugs he was taking for depression simultaneously removed his internal restraints against killing himself and killing others. With those out of the way even the slightest irritation could have enticed him to pursue the unfortunate course of events that we saw two days ago at Fort Hood, Texas.