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« on: February 22, 2018, 11:39:49 am »


from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times....

Mass shooting creates young activists

Florida school attack survivors are inspiring other students to demand gun control.

By MATT PEARCE | Wednesday, February 21, 2018

West Boca Raton Community High School students finish marching 10 miles in an impromptu walkout to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of the shooting that killed 17 last week. — Photograph: Amy Beth Bennett/Sun-Sentinel.
West Boca Raton Community High School students finish marching 10 miles in an impromptu walkout to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida,
site of the shooting that killed 17 last week. — Photograph: Amy Beth Bennett/Sun-Sentinel.


IT STARTED as a memorial to the 17 dead.

But after students at West Boca Raton Community High School in Florida gathered outside on Tuesday to mark 17 minutes of silence — one for each person shot to death last week at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — it turned into a protest for gun control.

“If you cannot use guns the right way, there shouldn't be guns at all,” one student yelled, drawing roars from the crowd of his classmates, who chanted, “We! Want! Change!”

Suddenly, a few students bolted to leave the campus, ignoring the commands by school staff to stay — and much of the student body followed, skipping classes to march to Stoneman Douglas in the city of Parkland. It was 10-mile walk.

Across South Florida, an unusually passionate grass-roots gun control movement is taking hold among high school students, who are clamoring for bolder government action to prevent future mass shootings.

Following past mass shootings, politicians have often called for a quiet time of mourning in lieu of acrimonious political debates. Before long, each tragedy fades from the news until the next one.

But Stoneman Douglas students have made a conscious effort to break the pattern, organizing rallies and unleashing an outpouring of activism not often seen after similar tragedies. They've struck a chord with the public, earning tens of thousands of followers on social media and appearances on national television.

On Tuesday, a group traveled to the capital, Tallahassee, to press their case with state lawmakers.

They face a difficult battle. The same day, the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives voted against holding a debate over a bill to ban assault-style rifles, making it unlikely the Legislature will consider such a measure before its session ends March 9.

Nonetheless, the students' advocacy is proving contagious. To understand how the messaging is catching on, look no further than West Boca Raton Community High School.

Victoria Vigil, 18, a senior at West Boca, had never protested before when she made an impromptu decision to walk out with other students on Tuesday.

Every day since the massacre, she's been talking about the shooting with her friends and classmates.

Vigil recently watched video of Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor Emma González making a passionate speech at a rally calling for tougher gun laws, lest the massacre become another forgotten mass shooting.

“I started crying,” Vigil said. “She was right. Next week, two weeks later, everything's going to go away. If politicians aren't going to take action now, then we have to.”




The protest began as a gathering of students who had the principal's permission to pay tribute to the shooting victims, said one of the organizers, Jack Schuster, a 17-year-old senior.

When other students saw a small sit-in was forming, “people started running over, literally sprinting just to get to us,” Schuster said. “A huge crowd formed.”

The 17-minute silence was emotionally intense, but once it was over, “I expected to just go to class,” said senior Shelby Pierre, 17. Instead, a circle formed. Students held up signs and chanted, “No justice, no peace.”

Then students began pouring into the roadway. When school staff tried to stop them, “no one listened,” Pierre said.

The school's administrators did not respond to a message seeking comment. But the brazenness of the walkout matched the rhetoric that many students have used in recent days to express their outrage over the failures of adults to stop mass shootings.

“I feel like people are just sick and tired of being scared,” Pierre said, noting that some of the student speakers on Tuesday had friends who were killed last week. She credited the student activists at Stoneman Douglas for setting the tone and creating a model and an atmosphere of unity that has inspired other students to join their movement.

“A lot of people look down on teenagers and think we're kids and can't have thoughts,” Pierre said. “But these protests made me realize my peers notice what's happening — they're not ignorant. We're all feeling the same thing. Seeing kids my age [at Stoneman Douglas] do that and get attention really makes me want to do more too.”

And now that she's protested once, Pierre wants to protest again. “Some people might be scared to protest. It was real nerve-wracking,” she said. “But once you do it, you feel liberated, and you feel like you're connecting. All the people that you don't know who's hurting, you find out they're hurting with you, and you're just more connected through protesting.”

Antonia Olivares, a 16-year-old sophomore, had never protested before the walkout. “I've never actually been part of something so spontaneous. It was from the heart. Everyone was so emotional,” she said. “We knew this had to be bigger than 17 minutes of silence.”

Police began to follow the marchers, along with local television news helicopters, as the students chanted, “We want change!”

Drivers honked in support; some locals set out stands of food and water to help keep the marchers nourished on their several-hour journey.

“At first, I did not know where we were going,” said Olivares, who was wearing flip-flops and quickly developed blisters.

Even when she learned the destination was 10 miles away, she decided there was no way she was going to stop walking. “I can't just wait around for them to change the laws,” Olivares said of legislators. “I need to get out there and voice my opinion.”

Two hours into the march, her parents came by, not to pick her up, but to bring her socks and some Sketchers sneakers.

Once students reached Stoneman Douglas, they celebrated their journey but also paid respects at the temporary memorials that had been placed outside the school, until their school district sent buses to pick them up and take them back.


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• Matt Pearce is a national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and frequently writes about violence, disasters, social movements and civil liberties. A University of Missouri graduate, he has covered news in the Midwest for a number of publications and previously wrote about technology, culture and the Middle East as a featured writer for the New Inquiry. He hails from Kansas City, Missouri.

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2018, 11:43:30 am »


Good on them.

They need to get a lot more miltant though.

They need to target the higher-ups at the NRA and paint TERRORIST in bright red on their homes and cars.

They also need to target politicians who take money from the NRA and likewise paint TERRORIST in bright red on their homes and cars.

Those young people also need to go out of their way to deliberatly target en-masse NRA members and politicians who take money from the NRA and indulge in maximum harrassment any time they show their faces in public. And they need to do it in sufficient numbers which make it difficult for American PIGS to stop them.

Just like occured during the days of anti-Vietnam War protests.

It's called MASS PEOPLE POWER by young folks.

Lynching a few NRA members might help to get the message across too!!
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2018, 06:21:47 pm »


The guns brigade in America are basically yellow-bellied gutless wonders.

They are like frightened rats who see the bogeyman everywhere and don't feel brave enough to venture outside without being armed.

Contrast that with people in Australia and New Zealand who are 10,000% braver than those Amercans, 'cause folks down-under don't feel too scared to exist without guns (stupid cowardly Trump-supporting morons in places such as Woodville excepted).

Anyway, I see the rightie gun-toting wankers are up to their old conspiracy theory tricks as they attempt to smear those young folks who have had enough....




from The New York Times....

Right-Wing Media Uses Parkland Shooting as Conspiracy Fodder

Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Jack Kingston express suspicion toward the teenage survivors.
The website Gateway Pundit claims they were coached.


By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM | Wednesday, February 21, 2018

David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has called on lawmakers to enact tougher restrictions on guns. — Photograph: Jonathan Drake/Reuters.
David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has called on lawmakers to enact tougher restrictions on guns.
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THE teenagers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who a week ago lost 17 of their classmates and school staff members in a mass shooting, have emerged as passionate advocates for reform, speaking openly of their anger in the hope of forcing a reckoning on guns.

But in certain right-wing corners of the web — and, increasingly, from more mainstream voices like Rush Limbaugh and a commentator on CNN — the students are being portrayed not as grief-ridden survivors but as pawns and conspiracists intent on exploiting a tragedy to undermine the nation's laws.

In these baseless accounts, which by Tuesday had spread rapidly on social media, the students are described as “crisis actors,” who travel to the sites of shootings to instigate fury against guns. Or they are called F.B.I. plants, defending the bureau for its failure to catch the shooter. They have been portrayed as puppets being coached and manipulated by the Democratic Party, gun control activists, the so-called antifa movement and the left-wing billionaire George Soros.

The theories are far-fetched. But they are finding a broad and prominent audience online. On Tuesday, the president's son Donald J. Trump Jr. liked a pair of tweets that accused David Hogg, a 17-year-old who is among the most outspoken of the Parkland students, of criticizing the Trump administration in an effort to protect his father, whom Mr. Hogg has described as a retired F.B.I. agent.

Mr. Hogg, the high school's student news director, has become a sensation among many liberals for his polished and compelling television interviews, in which he has called on lawmakers to enact tougher restrictions on guns. Just as quickly, Mr. Hogg attracted the disdain of right-wing provocateurs like The Gateway Pundit, a fringe website that gained prominence in 2016 for pushing conspiracies about voter fraud and Hillary Clinton.

In written posts and YouTube videos — one of which had more than 100,000 views as of Tuesday night — Gateway Pundit has argued that Mr. Hogg had been coached on what to say during his interviews. The notion that Mr. Hogg is merely protecting his father dovetails with a broader right-wing trope, that liberal forces in the F.B.I. are trying to undermine President Trump and his pro-Second Amendment supporters.

Others offered more sweeping condemnations. Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist behind the site Infowars, suggested that the mass shooting was a “false flag” orchestrated by anti-gun groups. Mr. Limbaugh, on his radio program, said of the student activists on Monday: “Everything they're doing is right out of the Democrat Party's various playbooks. It has the same enemies: the N.R.A. and guns.”

By Tuesday, that argument had migrated to CNN. In an on-air appearance, Jack Kingston, a former United States representative from Georgia and a regular CNN commentator, asked, “Do we really think — and I say this sincerely — do we really think 17-year-olds on their own are going to plan a nationwide rally?” (He was quickly rebuked by the anchor Alyson Camerota.)

Conspiracies, wild and raw online, are often pasteurized on their way into the mainstream. A subtler version of the theory appeared Tuesday on the website of Bill O'Reilly, the ousted Fox News host. Mr. O'Reilly stopped short of saying the students had been planted by anti-Trump forces. But, he wrote: “The national press believes it is their job to destroy the Trump administration by any means necessary. So if the media has to use kids to do that, they'll use kids.”

Some of those who have been spreading the conspiracies are facing consequences.

Benjamin Kelly, an aide to a Florida state representative, Shawn Harrison, emailed a Tampa Bay Times reporter on Tuesday accusing Mr. Hogg and a classmate, Emma Gonzalez, of being actors that travel to the sites of crises.

Mr. Kelly was soon fired.

“I made a mistake whereas I tried to inform a reporter of information relating to his story regarding a school shooting,” Mr. Kelly tweeted. “I meant no disrespect to the students or parents of Parkland.” His boss, Mr. Harrison, said on Twitter that he was “appalled” by Mr. Kelly's remarks.

But by Tuesday evening, a new conspiracy was dominating Gateway Pundit's home page. “Soros-Linked Organizers of ‘Women's March’ Selected Anti-Trump Kids to Be Face of Parkland Tragedy,” read the headline. Within an hour, it had been shared on Facebook more than 150 times.


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• Michael M. Grynbaum is a media correspondent for The New York Times, covering the intersection of business, culture and politics. Since starting at The N.Y. Times as an intern, he has served as City Hall bureau chief, Metro political writer, transportation reporter and economics writer during the 2008 financial crisis.

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Related to this topic:

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 • 11 of the Most Dramatic Moments in a Day of Confrontation Over Guns

 • Parents and Students Plead With Trump: ‘How Many Children Have to Get Shot?’

 • Florida Republicans Face Mounting Pressure to Act on Gun Control

 • The Making of a No.1 YouTube Conspiracy Video After the Parkland Tragedy

 • Michael Ian Black: The Boys Are Not All Right


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I've just been reading an article in The Washington Post about companies disassociating themselves from the NRA (ie....pulling the plug on discounts to members) as a result of pressure on those companies by school students who have created a #BoycottNRA hashtag, and are turning a blowtorch on companies doing business with the terrorist organisation.

It's the start of a revolution and a nationwide revolt against the NRA terrorist organisation. Just like the revolt against the Vietnam War, except that this time, the young folks behind it have the entire World Wide Web to organise and spread the word against the pro-guns, pro-killing scumbags and their despicable organisation.

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from The Washington Post....

Trump and the GOP won’t act on gun control. So we must.

Americans must mobilize to kick politicians who refuse to act on gun control out of office.

By EUGENE ROBINSON | 7:54PM EST — Thursday, February 22, 2018

High school students lead chants as they march down Liberty Avenue during a walk-out. — Photograph: Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Associated Press.
High school students lead chants as they march down Liberty Avenue during a walk-out. — Photograph: Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Associated Press.

THEY won't do anything meaningful about guns until you force them to with your votes.

This time, following the Parkland, Florida, massacre, does feel different from all the other times. But I fear the outcome will always be the same — thoughts, prayers, furrowed brows and no real action — until the Republicans who control Congress and so many state legislatures start losing elections because of their obstinacy on gun control.

They need to fear you and me more than they fear the National Rifle Association.

No amount of moral suasion will work. The slaughter of 20 first-graders in Newtown, Connecticuit, the murder of 58 innocent country-music fans in Las Vegas, the near-fatal shooting of one of their own, Representative Steve Scalise (Republican-Louisiana) — no atrocity has been senseless or vile enough to shame the GOP into doing something to keep military-style assault weapons out of killers' hands. Why should the deadly rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School be the tipping point?

Optimists might point to two wild-card factors we've never seen before: the fierce eloquence of the young Parkland survivors and the inconstancy of President Trump.

The students' activism began immediately, nullifying the customary first move in the GOP-NRA playbook, which is to solemnly pronounce that it is “too soon” after an act of unspeakable horror to even mention the instruments of that horror. Anyone who tries to open a debate on gun control is accused of politicizing tragedy.

“This is not the time,” Republicans say, fully intending to make sure that the time never comes.

In Parkland, though, the voices quickly calling for action on guns were those of students who hours earlier had seen their classmates mowed down by a troubled young man with an AR-15 — students who could easily have been victims themselves. No one could question their right to speak.

And they did not mince words. The issue, they made clear, was the gun.

A 19-year-old known to acquaintances and authorities as disturbed and potentially violent had been able to buy a powerful weapon designed to rip human bodies to shreds on the battlefield. Practically anyone can walk into a gun shop and buy such a weapon. As long as we make such instruments of mass destruction so available, what on earth do we expect?

Republicans would like to change the subject to mental health or background checks, but the students from Parkland have unique standing to keep the focus on guns, where it belongs. Opponents of sensible gun control are so unnerved that they have made shameful efforts to discredit these young activists — a slimy campaign of lies and innuendo that fortunately has backfired.

The kids are staying on message. The NRA's little helpers can only bleat and squeal. Yes, this faceoff is different. And yes, it's encouraging.

And then there's Trump. He took an absolutist guns-for-everybody position on the Second Amendment during the campaign and stuck with it even after the Las Vegas mass shooting, the worst in modern U.S. history. But before he entered politics, he was no die-hard opponent of gun control. He could not help but be affected by his meeting on Wednesday with gun-violence survivors. And despite what he told them, if you strapped him to a lie detector I'd bet you'd discover — before the exhausted machine gave out — that he doesn't really think arming home-room teachers is a solution.

Trump has talked about tougher background checks and promises to ban accessories, such as “bump stocks,” that can make semi-automatic weapons fire like machine guns. According to news reports, he has been muttering about the need to do more. He surely wants nothing more than to be lionized as a great president, and Republicans in Congress are afraid to cross him. He could pull a Nixon-to-China and demand passage of a tough new ban on assault weapons.

But he won't. He has neither the good sense nor the courage. The president and his party are not going to act, so we must.

The easy part is counteracting the gun lobby's financial clout; if they want to, gun-control advocates surely can match the NRA dollar for dollar in House and Senate races. The hard part is matching the gun nuts in sustained passion. Gun control is a more important issue for opponents than it is for advocates.

When we begin to insist that our elected officials support lifesaving gun-control measures, and throw them out of office if they don't, we'll get a ban on the mass shooter's weapon of choice. We just have to care. And vote.


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• Eugene Robinson writes a twice-a-week column on politics and culture for The Washington Post, contributes to the PostPartisan blog, and hosts a weekly online chat with readers. In a three-decade career at The Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper's Style section.

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and 4 cops hid outside till the bullets stopped

disarm the left they are too stupid to own guns
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The NRA are running scared of a bunch of school kids.

Bullies always turn into gutless cowards when REAL people stand up to them.

Look at the way the NRA is attempting to smear the young people who are calling the gun-nuts out for their bullshit.

That shows how desperate the NRA is.

Good job....bring on the revolution against the NRA and the scumbag politicians who have the NRA in their pockets.

And expose those gutless-wonder gun-toting Americans who are too cowardly to handle life without their guns.
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BREAKING: CNN Reports FOUR Broward County Deputies Waited Outside School As Children Were Massacred
I guess they were busy scratching their balls.
So Police didn't help so more guns are needed
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from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times....

Gen Z rises boldly after tragedy; Gen Z emerges loud and clear

Youths who grew up navigating spin lead the charge for change.

By LORRAINE ALI | Saturday, February 24, 2018

Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman, speaks to other students at a rally on Wednesday in Parkland, Florida. — Photograph: Rhona Wise/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman, speaks to other students at a rally on Wednesday in Parkland, Florida.
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UP UNTIL LAST WEEK, most of us had never really considered what to call the group of American kids growing up behind the millennials.

Those born in the 2000s, who grew up alongside Facebook and Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, have inspired plenty of commentary about the damaging effects of social media and selfies but little reflection about what they might bring to the table. As with the two generations before them, they were not expected to change the nation in the way the now near-mythical boomers did.

Then a gunman walked into a Parkland, Florida, high school on Valentine's Day, killing 17, injuring at least a dozen and terrorizing hundreds more.

Generation Z emerged overnight.

It's hard to remember another moment when a changing of the guard was captured as quickly and dramatically, on screen and in real time, as we're seeing now in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

With a fearlessness born out of terror and loss, a generation maligned for being too soft and spilling all on social media was ready when a real cause came along.

In the week following the attack, the school's surviving students and their peers inspired nationwide school walkouts, Capitol Hill sit-ins, CNN town hall meetings and a “listening session” with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House.

Determined not to let another mass shooting fade away in a cloud of thoughts and prayers, these students clearly and cogently refuted the usual politicized narratives pumped out of D.C. after each mass shooting, first on television mere hours after the attack and then directly on Twitter: #We Call BS! quickly rolled into #WeAreTheChange.

They called out the NRA directly on CNN and Fox News and demanded adults reframe gun control as an issue of safety rather than a red-versus-blue-politics argument as usual. They appeared on late-night talk shows and were accused by alt-right agitators of being fictional crisis actors hired by gun-hating leftists.

But this group who grew up navigating spin hasn't taken the bait.

“People are saying that it's not time to talk about gun control, and we can respect that,” Cameron Kasky, a junior at the high school, said on ABC's “This Week”. “Here's the time: March 24,” Kasky continued. “In every single city, we are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives. This isn't about the GOP. This isn't about the Democrats. This is about the adults. We feel neglected. At this point, you're either with us or you're against us.”


President Trump keeps notes in hand during a listening session on Wednesday at the White House with students and teachers in the wake of a shooting. — Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press.
President Trump keeps notes in hand during a listening session on Wednesday at the White House with students and teachers in the wake of a shooting.
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Politicians who haven't budged from the standard “thoughts and prayers” stance since Columbine were caught off guard. By Wednesday's meeting at the White House, it was clear they'd been rattled. Trump's numbered crib notes, which he carried into the televised discussion, went viral after being captured by photo journalists. Point No.5 read, “I hear you.”

Christened by gunfire and united by tragedy, Generation Z's determination and ire didn't just arrive with the media exposure of this particular school shooting, the latest in multiple such shootings of two-months-old 2018. This generation has grown up with “active shooter” school drills and “code reds”. They were entering grade school when their first-grade peers were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary and an unarmed 17-year-old named Trayvon Martin was killed while walking home by a gun-wielding adult.

No wonder so many of today's fictional young people of television and film are fearless avengers who battle evil in smarter and more effective ways than their parents, protecting the adults who are supposed to protect them: “Stranger Things”, “Supergirl”, “Marvel's Runaways”, “Black Lightning”.

As Parkland students marched toward their state capitol building in Tallahassee on Wednesday, they resembled a high school debate team, not superheroes. An AR-15 was used by the Parkland shooter, and they were there to urge lawmakers to impose tighter gun restrictions, even though legislation regarding the ban of military-style firearms had been struck down the day before.

Some of the students wore jeans and carried backpacks. Others wore ill-fitting dress shirts and slacks that they appeared to have outgrown since the last formal event — Easter Mass or a friend's bar mitzvah — they had attended. Their public speaking event, however, was anything but the usual academic exercise associated with generations of high schoolers before them.

“When did politics and money from the NRA become more important than our lives?” asked Dimitri Hoth, a senior who described to the press and lawmakers the horror of surviving the attack.

The mild-mannered student, who recalled that his biggest concern in the hours before the attack was trying to get out of an after-school rehearsal, proclaimed: “NRA, we're not afraid of you. You won't silence us. Never again.”

It echoed this nation's last big student uprising nearly a half-century ago, which also revolved around too many young people being shot at for no good reason. Perhaps the renewed interest in the Pentagon Papers and Vietnam War in films such as “The Post” is no coincidence.

If millennials and Gen X helped usher in the changes that led to pot legalization, gay marriage laws and AIDS awareness, the teenagers of Gen Z might help break the logjam that has prevented changes in gun laws that the majority of Americans have wanted for so long.

The middle-aged who scoff at young people for their need of “safe spaces” might now think twice given that they actually do need safe spaces to hide from monsters who storm schools, colleges, movie theaters, churches and concert venues with weapons of war.


Students from Montgomery Blair High School march in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Wednesday chanting and holding signs in support of gun reform legislation. — Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images.
Students from Montgomery Blair High School march in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Wednesday chanting and holding signs in support of gun reform legislation.
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What could be more non-partisan than saving kids lives, asked student David Hogg on Wednesday to a reporter.

The media persisted in the usual manner. Fox News' “Outnumbered” host Harris Faulkner asked Hogg what he had to say about President Trump doing more to address gun violence issues than any other president before him.

“I don't know, actually,” he answered, then steered the interview back toward common-sense solutions for gun control.

The FBI made horrific mistakes, she said, how do you respond to that?

Hogg again brought it back to action rather than blame.

The Fox host complimented Hogg for being well spoken: “You are a blessed young man. I know a lot of people will say that they are praying for you. Please know that we are. And that we mean it. And God bless you.”

Hogg wasn't about to let that go: “Yeah, but please take action as well.”


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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2018, 11:58:01 am »


The boycott movement is growing.

Numerous additional companies and organisations have cut ties with the NRA and withdrawn benefits and discounts from NRA members.

The latest include both Delta Airlines and United Airlines, Avis, Hertz and Budget rental cars.

It's good to see that companies are waking up to America's “terrorist organistation” and causing grief for the NRA and their scumbag members.

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They have zero chance at disarming americans

Gen Z = Zombies

Below left wing brainwashed idiot narcissists seeking attention

There are 360 mil accounted for guns in america and there's a lot more that they dont know about
people who dont want protection well good luck to them
when armed criminals come a calling they will need to hid under their blankets lol



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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2018, 08:17:03 pm »

They have zero chance at disarming americans.


They said that about the young folks & hippies who started the anti-Vietnam War movement too.

And we all know what that ultimately led to.....





Those young Gen-Z folks protesting in America and standing up to the NRA terrorists is only the beginning of a long war against the gun-nuts & retards establishment.

And they are going about it the right way by turning a blowtorch on companies who associated themselves with the NRA and offer benefits and discounts to their members.

They are already starting to get results as more big companies turn their back on the NRA terrorist organisation.

The young folks are also starting to turn a blowtorch on politicians who have the NRA terrorists in their pockets.

This will continue to grow, whether the stupid righties like it nor not.....just like the anti-Vietnam War movement did.
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from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times....

New generation faces down epidemic of gun violence

Young activists take on a Congress hesitant to OK firearms restrictions.

By MARK Z. BARABAK | Saturday, February 24, 2018

Thousands held a vigil in Parkland, Florida, the day after 17 people were killed in the latest mass shooting. — Photograph: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times.
Thousands held a vigil in Parkland, Florida, the day after 17 people were killed in the latest mass shooting. — Photograph: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times.

FOR DAYS NOW, the airwaves and social media have been filled with the voices of young people, thick with righteousness and anger, vowing “never again.”

But will the student-led protests against gun violence dramatically change the politics and lead the president and Congress to act in a way that other explosions of fury and grief — after Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas — have not?

Maybe. Maybe not.

It will take time — not the next few days or weeks, but months and even years — to know whether last week's slaughter of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was a watershed or just another in the litany that has turned the ritual of tears, recrimination and political stasis into a familiar cycle.

Few issues are as charged as the debate over gun control and gun rights, resting as it does on the principles of life and liberty. At stake, for some, is freedom from fear. For others, it is freedom from an overweening government.

For many, it's black or white, with no gray in between.


When was the last big gun control law?

In 1994, the Democratic-run Congress approved and President Clinton signed into law the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, the most sweeping anti-crime bill ever passed. It had many provisions, including money to hire 100,000 new police officers and $10 billion for prisons. Among the most controversial aspects was a ban on the possession, manufacture, use and importation of 19 types of semi-automatic firearms.

The ban was provisional, lasting 10 years unless Congress specifically authorized its extension, which it did not. With Republicans in control, the provision lapsed in September 2004. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, one of the authors of the original ban, has repeatedly tried without success to pass a new version.


Have new laws been attempted since?

There have been many, most of which died a quiet death. Some proposals, such as barring people on terrorist watch lists from buying guns, or extending background checks to firearms purchased online or at gun shows, passed the Senate but failed to clear the House. None has been enacted into law.

What about new gun rights laws?

In 2005, the Republican-run Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law a measure protecting firearm manufacturers from being sued for crimes committed with weapons they produced.

And last year, President Trump signed a bill into law rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to buy a gun.


That suggests a big shift in Congress.

Indeed. And it can be explained as simply as Democrats losing the House majority they held for 40 years, as well as control of the Senate for much of the last two decades.

What about the ‘P’ word?

Ah, yes. Polarization.

There used to be a decent-sized segment of the Democratic Party supportive of gun rights and lawmakers who reflected those views. But most of those legislators have died, retired or been replaced by Republicans, some of whom explicitly ran against the Democratic Party and policies like the ban on semi-automatic weapons. For most Democrats running for Congress, gun control is now unassailable orthodoxy.

The Republican Party, conversely, has grown even more staunchly pro-gun. The share of Republicans who said it was more important to protect the rights of gun owners than enact new gun controls rose from just under half in 2008, the last year of Bush's presidency, to about 8 in 10 Republicans in 2016, according to a national Pew poll.

More recently, a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted just after the Florida school shooting found a similar divide. Nearly 9 in 10 Democrats said stricter gun laws could have prevented the tragedy, compared with fewer than 3 in 10 Republicans.

While 71% of Democrats supported a ban on assault-style weapons, according to the survey, only 29% of Republicans were in favor. That compares to more than 7 in 10 Republicans who supported such a ban in a 1999 survey.


But both parties back some gun laws.

That is true.

So why haven't they passed such laws?

Largely because of staunch opposition from the National Rifle Association and its allies, who fear impingement of the 2nd Amendment, which states “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” For most Republican House members, the greatest political threat they face on gun issues is a primary challenger accusing them of being insufficiently tough in protecting the rights of gun owners. So that tends to push lawmakers away from compromise.

But why is the majority overruled?

Because intensity matters, and opponents of gun control have tended to be more passionate and stay much more engaged than supporters of restrictions. As Robert Spitzer, an academic expert on gun policy, explained after last summer's armed assault on Republican lawmakers outside Washington: “It's only when the mass shooting occurs that the public pays real attention. But the sentiment doesn't last long. Most people turn their attention to other things, as does the media, and soon it's back to business as usual.”

This time feels different.

Perhaps. But it's only been a little over a week since the February 14 attack in South Florida. The test is still to come.

Who will have greater sway in November's mid-term election — supporters of gun control or activists who feel any type of crackdown tramples their constitutional rights? Will any incumbents be ousted because they are perceived as being too supportive of gun rights? That would be a significant change in the political dynamic.

Will Trump follow through on the promise he made to strongly push for comprehensive background checks, limiting the guns that can be purchased by someone under age 21 and ending the sale of “bump stocks” that enable a semi-automatic weapon to fire faster?

He also promised to solve the plight of so-called Dreamers — children brought to the United States illegally — but his stance has repeatedly shifted and they remain in limbo.

In short, action and not words will determine whether this time is really different.


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• Mark Z. Barabak covers state and national politics for the Los Angeles Times, based in San Francisco. A reporter for nearly 40 years, Barabak has covered campaigns and elections in 49 of the 50 states, including all or part of the last 10 presidential campaigns and dozens of mayoral, gubernatorial and U.S. Senate contests. He also reported from the White House and Capitol Hill during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.

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it's just the same old bullshit
You calling the NRA terrorist is very childish and funny
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The NRA is a terrorist organisation run and supported by stupid mentally-deficient retards.
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from The Washington Post....

For the NRA, ‘freedom’ means being heavily armed and scared to death

The answer to the problem of gun violence cannot just be “more guns”.

By FIRMIN DeBRABANDER | 11:25PM EST — Friday, February 23, 2018

Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association say more guns can solve all problems. — Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images.
Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association say more guns can solve all problems. — Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION Vice President Wayne LaPierre says people who want stronger gun control after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — apparently including the students who survived there — “don't care about our schoolchildren. They want to make all of us less free!”

By LaPierre's account, Florida — with some of the loosest gun laws in the nation — ought to be one of the freest states in the nation. Try telling that to the students in Parkland. Try telling that to the families of victims, whose freedom was robbed last week in gruesome fashion. Try telling that to the survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016, where 49 people were killed — or the survivors of the shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in January 2017, where five were killed and 36 injured in the mayhem. How free do they feel in a society where such events happen regularly and lawmakers do nothing to prevent them?

Now the NRA and its allies are saying we need to arm teachers and staff in our schools, instead of doing something that might make it harder to get guns, like closing the legal loophole in Florida and most other states that lets anyone buy a weapon in a private sale without any background check.

If a coach at the high school had been armed, President Trump said on Thursday, he could have stopped the gunman in his tracks. Trump questioned the policy of designating schools “gun free zones” because this advertises to a “sicko shooter” that schools are soft targets. If teachers and staff are armed, the president says, this will deter prospective shooters. This is plainly false: There was an armed guard at the Parkland school, but he didn't even attempt to confront the killer. For that matter, there was an armed guard at Columbine High School during the first mass school shooting to capture national attention in 1999. He was no match for the shooters' firepower — four weapons, including a semi-automatic firearm.

What kind of firepower, what show of defense, would credibly deter shooters? And what transformation does this risk inflicting on our schools? If we outfit teachers with concealed handguns, will the NRA say after the next shooting that school officials must match the firepower of would-be killers? Are we morally required to stock schools with AR-15s?

After the Sandy Hook school shooting, NRA minion Louie Gohmert said he wished the principal “had an M-4 [semi-automatic rifle] in her office” so she could have stopped the shooter in his tracks. Is this soon to become part of the common visit to the principal's office — gazing up at the semi-automatic rifle mounted on the wall, over the desk?

Of course, as many have noted, arming teachers is no solution to mass shootings. They will hardly make such situations better — they will probably make them worse by compounding the damage and bloodshed. Even trained police officers have a hard time using their weapons precisely, much less effectively, in chaotic situations.

So perhaps LaPierre's solution is to deliver school shootouts, where students must cower in the crossfire between criminals and teachers. If so, enterprising companies — often in the defense industry, accustomed to outfitting our soldiers for foreign campaigns — are ready with products designed to protect students from said shootouts. These include bulletproof backpacks for the kids and bulletproof whiteboards and clipboards for teachers. Or bulletproof blankets that students can pull over themselves — even bulletproof armor that can be pulled off the walls and ceilings. These are school expenses I am sure the NRA would happily endorse.

But what will our schools look like when we are done? What will our schools feel like? Is this where we are to train and nurture a free society, in the midst of assault rifles and bulletproof armor? Those things signify and communicate something quite other than freedom. They impose an environment of fear, which can be debilitating to our youth, whom we should want to be confident, open, honest and happy. These are not the kinds of things you see in a free society, but a society at war. How bizarre is it that we would willfully take on the trappings of a society at war, while countless nations around the world — embroiled in real, live civil wars — envy our peace?

This is madness, of course. The NRA's logic dictates that we should make our schools look like war zones to accommodate unfettered gun rights.

Rather than imposing a bunker mentality on our youth, how about trying the basics of gun control? Because right now, there is little of that, especially in Florida. In addition to forgoing universal background checks on gun sales, Florida is the laboratory of “stand your ground” laws, which permit gun owners to shoot people they deem threatening. Of course, the nature of “threat” is highly subjective, and predictably, many innocent people have been needlessly killed, thanks to this reckless law. Florida also imposes a gag rule on doctors forbidding them from discussing gun safety with patients who have a gun in the home. In this case, Florida decided that the Second Amendment should overrule the First. And Florida lawmakers have been eager to follow the lead of 11 other states that have recently legalized permitless carry, whereby gun owners can carry a gun in public with no permit — or safety training.

Are people finally waking up to our outrageous gun laws? Is this what we are seeing now, with Stoneman Douglas High students storming their state capital, flooding lawmakers with loud, impassioned demands for action? Do the youth understand better what their elders ignore? Is this why they are staging school protests across the nation, walking out of class? Because they see the nation that the NRA wants them to inherit, and they know it is absurd, chilling, apocalyptic?

The NRA, and the gun rights movement more broadly, is fragile, weak, ripe for defeat. While there are 270 million guns in America, ownership is shockingly concentrated: half the guns are owned by 3 percent of gun owners. Gun ownership drops precipitously among younger people, with no sign of a rebound — certainly not after the Parkland shooting, as teens recoil at the NRA's vision for America.

What's more, the NRA represents a tiny minority of voters, and only a minority of gun owners. It has prevailed against the majority of Americans who favor stronger gun control laws — 90 percent of whom want universal background checks, for example — by persuading or threatening lawmakers to heed its will, over and against their constituents. This worked fine so long as voters did not prioritize gun control and ignored the outrageous laws around them. But now things might change. For the NRA, the game is almost up. It’s long past time.


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• Firmin DeBrabander is a professor of philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and author of Do Guns Make us Free?.

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Related to this topic:

 • Why I will never carry a gun in my classroom

 • To beat the NRA, think like the NRA

 • Now is exactly the right time to talk about gun politics

 • I love my guns. But I hate the NRA.


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Drugs are the problem not guns

Pharmacia=pharmacy

What is the meaning of Pharmacia?
from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia "use of drugs, medicines, potions, or spells; poisoning, witchcraft; remedy, cure," from pharmakeus (fem. pharmakis) "preparer of drugs, poisoner, sorcerer" from pharmakon "drug, poison, philter, charm, spell, enchantment."

You can believe this or no i dont give a rat arse what you think

Another WP fake news story with an anti guns spin which is illuminati one world government agenda where the mega rich will end up in total control over the planet with their one world un type government with their scientific fools who will end up killing most of the world's population these creeps worship lucifer
and all the death they cause are blood sacrifices to their evil god

The real reason for mass killings is a demonic influence on people who have their protection weakened by the meds doctors prescribe to them
often started with ritalin feed to over active children at schools

Psychiatric Drugs & Violence—The Facts

Psychiatric Drugs—Regulatory Warnings on Violence, Mania, Psychosis, Homicide

Fact: Despite 27 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation, and dozens of high profile shootings/killings tied to psychiatric drug use, there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence.

Fact: At least 35 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 169 wounded and 79 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs).

Fact: Between 2004 and 2012, there have been 14,773 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system on psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects including: 1,531 cases of homicidal ideation/homicide, 3,287 cases of mania & 8,219 cases of aggression. Note:  The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.

School-related acts of violence aren’t the only cases commonly found to be under the influence of psychiatric drugs.  There are 28 other acts of senseless violence committed by individuals taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in an additional 270 dead and 164 wounded.

To read all drug regulatory agency warnings & studies on psychiatric drugs, visit CCHR’s Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Search Engine.

The Drug Regulatory Agency Warnings on Psychiatric drugs and violence, mania, psychosis or homicide:

United States, May 12, 2017: The FDA updated Dyanavel XR’s (amphetamine) Medication Guide to include the fact that the drug can cause serious side effects including: abuse and dependence; sudden death in children and adolescents who have heart problems or defects; hearing voices; new manic symptoms; and circulation problems in fingers and toes.

Source: “DYANAVEL XR, Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER),” Food and Drug Administration, 12 May 2017.

Australia, October 2013: The Therapeutic Goods Administration issued a warning about atomoxetine and suicidality in children and adolescents. It noted that the risks of suicidal ideation and behavior with atomoxetine are well known, therefore: “Parents and caregivers should be warned of the risks and alerted to the need to monitor for signs of unusual changes in behavior or precursors of suicidality, such as anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia [severe restlessness], hypomania [less severe form of mania] or mania. Parents and caregivers should also be advised of the importance of seeking immediate medical attention if such signs are identified…”.

Source: “Atomoxetine and suicidality in children and adolescents,” Medicines Safety Update, Volume 4, Number 5, October 2013.

United States, February 2013: The FDA added the following side effects updates to the “Adverse Reactions” in Pristiq’s (desvenlafaxine) drug label:  Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Adolescents and Young Adults; Hyponatremia (abnormally low levels of sodium in your blood); Interstitial Lung Disease (a disease that describes a large group of disorders characterized by progressive scarring of lung tissue) and Eosinophilic Pneumonia (a rare disorder characterized by massive accumulation of white blood cells in the lungs); Serotonin Syndrome (a potentially serious and potentially life-threatening drug reaction that occurs when too much serotonin builds up in the body); Elevated Blood Pressure; Abnormal Bleeding; Narrow-Angle Glaucoma (an eye condition that leads to damage of the optic nerve from the fluid in the eye not being able to drain properly); Activation of Mania/Hypomania; Discontinuation Syndrome (antidepressant withdrawal symptoms); and Seizure.

Source: “Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) Extended-Release tablet,” FDA Medwatch, February 2013,  FDA Medwatch, February 2013.

United States, February 2012: The FDA updated Adderall XR’s (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine) label to include more adverse reactions that occurred with the use of Amphetamine, Adderall XR, or Adderall. This included: Psychotic episodes at recommended doses, overstimulation, restlessness, irritability, euphoria, dyskinesia (difficulty in performing voluntary movements), dysphoria (a feeling of being ill at ease), depression, tremor, tics, aggression, anger, logorrhea (excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness), dermatillomania (repetitive picking at one’s own skin to the extent of causing damage), eye disorders, blurred vision, mydriasis (dilation of the pupil of the eye that is usually excessive or prolonged), constipation, gastrointestinal problems and alopecia (condition in which one’s hair falls out).

Source: “Adderall XR (dextroamphetamine mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product) Capsules,” FDA, February 2012.

Australia, October 2011: The Therapeutic Goods Administration issued a Medicines Safety Update to inform the public the stimulant Modafinil (Modavigil) has had several safety changes and recommendations to its package insert after reviewing reports of serious skin, psychiatric, nervous system and cardiovascular adverse reports. These changes include warnings that Modafinil has been associated with multi-organ hypersensitivity reactions (potentially life-threatening reactions), aggressive and hostile behavior, suicidal ideation, suicidal-related behavior, psychosis, mania, depression, dependence potential, skin and hypersensitivity reactions, serious skin reactions in pediatric patients, and cardiovascular disease.  Modafinil is not approved for pediatric patients for any indication.

Source: “Modafinil (Modavigil) – safety update” Medicines Safety Update, TGA, Volume 2, Number 5, October 2011.

United States, October 1, 2010: The FDA added “aggression” to the warning section of Provigil’s package insert.

Source: “Provigil (modafinil) tablets,” FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, October 2010.

New Zealand, June 1, 2010: New Zealand’s drug regulatory agency MedSafe has reviewed recent changes to the European product information for methylphenidate (Ritalin) and recommended that the New Zealand data sheets be updated to include these changes. The changes outline that patients being considered for methylphenidate treatment should be carefully screened for cardiovascular risk, heart disease and psychiatric disorders, including any family risk factors. Also, because methylphenidate can cause or worsen some psychiatric disorders (such as depression, suicidal thoughts, hostility, anxiety, agitation, psychosis and mania) patient’s “psychiatric well-being” should be monitored.

Source: “Methylphenidate – updated guidance when treating children,” New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, June 2010.

United States, July 01, 2009:  The FDA has required the manufacturers of the smoking cessation aid/antidepressant bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin) to add new Boxed Warnings and develop patient Medication Guides highlighting the risk of serious neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients using this product. These symptoms include changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts and behavior, and attempted suicide.

Source: “Zyban (bupropion hydrochloride) Sustained-Release tablets,” FDA MedWatch, July 2009.

Japan, May 2009:  The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare investigated news reports of antidepressant users “who developed increased feelings of hostility or anxiety, and have even committed sudden acts of violence against others.” After its investigation, the Ministry decided to revise the label warnings on newer antidepressants stating, “There are cases where we cannot rule out a causal relationship [of hostility, anxiety, and sudden acts of violence] with the medication.”

Source: “Japan Revises SSRI Warnings–Hostility, Violence,” Medical News Today, May 28, 2009.

United Kingdom, March 2009:  Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (UK) published in their Drug Safety Update newsletter new information about Atomoxetine (Strattera). They warned that Atomoxetine is associated with treatment-emergent psychotic or manic symptoms in Children without a history of such disorders. Continued case reports of possible nervous-system and psychiatric adverse effects prompted a review of data from all sources, resulting in updated information on the risk of new-onset or worsening of serious psychiatric disorders, including psychotic reactions, hallucinations, mania, and agitation.

Source: “Atomoxetine: risk of psychotic or manic symptoms,” Drug Safety Update, MHRA, Vol. 2, Iss. 8, March 2009.

Australia, February 2009:  The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration reported that a boxed warning (the strongest warning) was placed onto the ADHD psychostimulant drug methylphenidate (Concerta and Ritalin) for drug dependence. It warns that chronic abuse of methylphenidate can lead to a marked tolerance and psychological dependence with varying degrees of abnormal behavior and frank psychotic episodes can also occur.

Source: “Boxed Warning, Contraindications and strengthened Precautions for Methylphenidate,” Janssen-Cilag, February 2009.

Australia, December 2008:  The Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Bulletin published an article about the psychostimulant Modafinil (Modavigil). The bulletin advised that this drug has caused serious adverse skin and psychiatric reactions. Psychiatric reactions have been reported in patients using Modafinil both with and without a psychiatric history. Five Australian cases had reported symptoms of: anxiety, abnormal behaviour, guilt feelings, rapid relapse/onset of depression, suicidal ideation, suicidal behaviour, psychotic disorder and delusion. All had recovered when the drug was ceased. Overseas reports of psychiatric reactions have also described hallucinations, aggression and mania.

Source: “Modafinil: adverse skin and psychiatric reactions,” Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Bulletin, Vol. 27, No. 6, December 2008.

European Union, October 22, 2008:  Eli Lilly updated their Strattera label to include: “Psychotic or manic symptoms: Treatment emergent psychotic or manic symptoms, e.g., hallucinations, delusional thinking, mania or agitation in children and adolescents without a prior history of psychotic illness or mania can be caused by atomoxetine at usual doses.”

Source: Atomoxetine, Summary of Product Characteristics, eMC, November 11, 2008, http://medicines.org.uk/emc/history/14482.

United States, October 24, 2007:  FDA and Cephalon (pharmaceutical company) notified health care professionals about updates to the Warnings section in the drug label for the company’s stimulant Provigil. The label now includes warnings regarding serious rash, including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (A life-threatening skin reaction, often caused by an allergic reaction to a drug) and hypersensitivity reactions, and psychiatric symptoms. Psychiatric adverse experiences (including anxiety, mania, hallucinations, and suicidal ideation) have been reported in patients treated with Provigil. Further healthcare professionals should be aware that Provigil is not approved for use in pediatric patients for any indication.

Source: “Provigil (modafinil) tablets,” FDA MedWatch, October 24, 2007.

United States, May 2007:  The FDA updated Geodon’s drug safety label adding the following adverse reactions that had been observed during postmarket use of the drug: details on allergic reactions (such as allergic dermatitis [inflammation of the skin], angioedema [rapid swelling of the deep layers of skin], orofacial edema [swelling in the mouth and/or face], urticaria [hives]), mania/hypomania, Serotonin Syndrome (a potentially serious and potentially life-threatening drug reaction that occurs when too much serotonin builds up in the body), syncope (temporary loss of consciousness), and priapism (a prolonged and often painful erection).

Source: “Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) — May 2007” FDA MedWatch, May 2007.

United States, May 2007:  The FDA updated Desoxyn’s safety label adding the following subsections to the label’s warnings section: sudden death with pre-existing structural cardiac (heart) abnormalities or other serious heart problems, psychiatric adverse events (including aggression, bipolar, and the emergence of new psychotic or manic symptoms), long-term suppression of growth, seizures, and visual disturbance. Also the following was added to Desoxyn’s boxed warning: “Misuse of methamphetamine may cause sudden death and serious cardiovascular adverse events.”

Source: “Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) — May 2007,” FDA MedWatch, May 2007.

United States, February 21, 2007:  The FDA directed ADHD drug manufacturers to distribute “patient friendly” guides to consumers warning about cardiovascular risks associated with these drugs, including: stroke, heart attack, sudden death. As well as psychiatric adverse events such as: hearing voices, becoming suspicious for no reason, or becoming manic, even in patients who did not have previous psychiatric problems.

Source: “FDA Directs ADHD Drug Manufacturers to Notify Patients about Cardiovascular Adverse Events and Psychiatric Adverse Events,” FDA News, February 21, 2007.

United States, August 21, 2006:  The FDA said ADHD drug’s prescribing information had been updated to include information about reports of sudden death in children and adolescents with pre-existing heart problems. In addition there have been reports of drug-related psychotic or manic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusional thinking, or mania even in children and adolescents who did not have previous psychiatric problems. It also has new data about the drugs’ suppression of growth, seizures (in those with prior history of seizures) and visual disturbances.

Source: “Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved by FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) — August 2006,” FDA MedWatch, August 2006; “2006 Safety Alerts for Drugs, Biologics, Medical Devices, and Dietary Supplements, Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine sulfate)”, MedWatch, August 21, 2006.

United States, November 2005:  The FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program reported safety label changes for Effexor XR (extended release).This included Warnings of sustained hypertension (high blood pressure), and the following Adverse Reactions: adverse events association with discontinuation of treatment, panic disorder, and homicidal ideation.

Source: “Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) — November 2005,” FDA MedWatch, November 2005.

European Union, August 19, 2005:  The Commission of the European Communities, representing 25 European countries, endorsed and issued the strongest warning yet against child antidepressant use as recommended by Europe’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). Clinical trials had shown that the drugs caused suicidal behavior including suicide attempts and suicidal ideation, hostility (predominantly aggression, oppositional behavior and anger) and/or related behavior.

Source: ANNEX II – Scientific Conclusions and Grounds for Amendment of the Summaries of Product Characteristics and Package Leaflets Presented by the EMEA. In Commission Decision of 19-VIII-2005 concerning the placing on the market, under Article 31 of the Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council…Brussels: Commission of the European Communities. C(2005) 3256.

Australia, December 2004:  The Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee had reviewed data on the safety and efficacy of using SSRI antidepressants in children for the treatment of depression. Their assessment of published and unpublished data available for SSRI use in children and adolescents indicated that there is evidence of an increased risk of suicidality, including suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and self-harm events, associated with each of the SSRIs. Further, in a recent study involving fluoxetine (Prozac), there was an increase in some adverse psychiatric events (acts and ideation of suicide, self-harm, aggression and violence).

Source: Duncan Topliss, et al., “Use of SSRI antidepressants in children and adolescents,” Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Bulletin, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Vol. 23, No. 6, December 2004.

United Kingdom, September 21, 2004:  The British Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority advised that it had issued guidelines that children should not be given most SSRI antidepressants because of clinical trial data showing an increase rate of harmful outcomes, including hostility.

Source: “Antidepressant aggression concern,” BBC News, September 21, 2004.

Canada, June 03, 2004:  Health Canada issued an advisory to the public stating that stronger warnings have been placed on antidepressants. These warnings indicate that people taking these drugs at any age are at greater risk of behavioral or emotional changes including self-harm or harm to others. The advisory said, “[A] small number of patients taking drugs of this type may feel worse instead of better…. For example, they may experience unusual feelings of agitation, hostility or anxiety, or have impulsive or disturbing thoughts that could involve self-harm or harm to others.”

Source: Jirina Vlk, “Health Canada advises Canadians of stronger warnings for SSRIs and other newer anti-depressants,” Health Canada, June 3, 2004.

European Union, April 22, 2004:  The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products issued a press release which reported that paroxetine (Paxil) should not be used in children and adolescents as clinical trials have found paroxetine to be associated with increased risk of suicidal behavior and hostility, and did not prove to be effective. In addition, there is a possibility of an increased risk of suicide-related behavior in young adults. The committee also recommended strengthened warnings on the withdrawal symptoms of paroxetine, which are common.

Source: “European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products: Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products 20-22 April 2004” EMEA, The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products, Press Release April 22, 2004.

United States, March 22, 2004:  The FDA asked drug companies to add new warnings on 10 widely used antidepressants. It said patients given these drugs should be closely monitored for worsening depression or suicidality, especially when the patient first begins taking the drugs or changes doses. At the time the FDA had not concluded whether the worsening of symptoms was due to the underlying disorder or the drug. It also said, “Anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia [severe restlessness], hypomania [abnormal excitement, mild mania] and mania, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants… .”

Source: “Worsening Depression and Suicidality in Patients Being Treated with Antidepressant Medications,” FDA Public Health Advisory, March 22, 2004.

Canada, August 22, 2003:  Health Canada posted a letter sent out to health care professionals about updates to Effexor’s prescribing information. The letter explained that in clinical studies in pediatric patients (aged 6 to 17), efficacy was not established for major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. Also, there were increased reports among those patients on Effexor XR (vs. placebo) of hostility and suicide-related adverse events, such as suicidal ideation and self-harm.

Source: “Important Safety Information Regarding the use of Effexor (venlafaxine HCI) Tablets and Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCI Capsules in Children and Adolescents – Wyeth Pharmaceuticals,” Health Canada, September 24, 2003.

United States, October 1995:  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said methylphenidate (Ritalin) use could lead to addiction. Also, that psychotic episodes, violent behavior, bizarre mannerisms, paranoid delusions, and hallucinations have all been associated with its abuse.

Source: “Methylphenidate, (A Background Paper),” Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section, Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), October 1995.

School-related acts of violence aren’t the only cases commonly found to be under the influence of psychiatric drugs.  There are 28 other acts of senseless violence committed by individuals taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in an additional 270 dead and 164 wounded.

To read all drug regulatory agency warnings & studies on psychiatric drugs, visit CCHR’s Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Search Engine.

The Drug Regulatory Agency Warnings on Psychiatric drugs and violence, mania, psychosis or homicide:

United States, May 12, 2017: The FDA updated Dyanavel XR’s (amphetamine) Medication Guide to include the fact that the drug can cause serious side effects including: abuse and dependence; sudden death in children and adolescents who have heart problems or defects; hearing voices; new manic symptoms; and circulation problems in fingers and toes.

Source: “DYANAVEL XR, Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER),” Food and Drug Administration, 12 May 2017.

Australia, October 2013: The Therapeutic Goods Administration issued a warning about atomoxetine and suicidality in children and adolescents. It noted that the risks of suicidal ideation and behavior with atomoxetine are well known, therefore: “Parents and caregivers should be warned of the risks and alerted to the need to monitor for signs of unusual changes in behavior or precursors of suicidality, such as anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia [severe restlessness], hypomania [less severe form of mania] or mania. Parents and caregivers should also be advised of the importance of seeking immediate medical attention if such signs are identified…”.

Source: “Atomoxetine and suicidality in children and adolescents,” Medicines Safety Update, Volume 4, Number 5, October 2013.

United States, February 2013: The FDA added the following side effects updates to the “Adverse Reactions” in Pristiq’s (desvenlafaxine) drug label:  Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Adolescents and Young Adults; Hyponatremia (abnormally low levels of sodium in your blood); Interstitial Lung Disease (a disease that describes a large group of disorders characterized by progressive scarring of lung tissue) and Eosinophilic Pneumonia (a rare disorder characterized by massive accumulation of white blood cells in the lungs); Serotonin Syndrome (a potentially serious and potentially life-threatening drug reaction that occurs when too much serotonin builds up in the body); Elevated Blood Pressure; Abnormal Bleeding; Narrow-Angle Glaucoma (an eye condition that leads to damage of the optic nerve from the fluid in the eye not being able to drain properly); Activation of Mania/Hypomania; Discontinuation Syndrome (antidepressant withdrawal symptoms); and Seizure.

Source: “Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) Extended-Release tablet,” FDA Medwatch, February 2013,  FDA Medwatch, February 2013.

United States, February 2012: The FDA updated Adderall XR’s (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine) label to include more adverse reactions that occurred with the use of Amphetamine, Adderall XR, or Adderall. This included: Psychotic episodes at recommended doses, overstimulation, restlessness, irritability, euphoria, dyskinesia (difficulty in performing voluntary movements), dysphoria (a feeling of being ill at ease), depression, tremor, tics, aggression, anger, logorrhea (excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness), dermatillomania (repetitive picking at one’s own skin to the extent of causing damage), eye disorders, blurred vision, mydriasis (dilation of the pupil of the eye that is usually excessive or prolonged), constipation, gastrointestinal problems and alopecia (condition in which one’s hair falls out).

Source: “Adderall XR (dextroamphetamine mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product) Capsules,” FDA, February 2012.

Australia, October 2011: The Therapeutic Goods Administration issued a Medicines Safety Update to inform the public the stimulant Modafinil (Modavigil) has had several safety changes and recommendations to its package insert after reviewing reports of serious skin, psychiatric, nervous system and cardiovascular adverse reports. These changes include warnings that Modafinil has been associated with multi-organ hypersensitivity reactions (potentially life-threatening reactions), aggressive and hostile behavior, suicidal ideation, suicidal-related behavior, psychosis, mania, depression, dependence potential, skin and hypersensitivity reactions, serious skin reactions in pediatric patients, and cardiovascular disease.  Modafinil is not approved for pediatric patients for any indication.

Source: “Modafinil (Modavigil) – safety update” Medicines Safety Update, TGA, Volume 2, Number 5, October 2011.

United States, October 1, 2010: The FDA added “aggression” to the warning section of Provigil’s package insert.

Source: “Provigil (modafinil) tablets,” FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, October 2010.

New Zealand, June 1, 2010: New Zealand’s drug regulatory agency MedSafe has reviewed recent changes to the European product information for methylphenidate (Ritalin) and recommended that the New Zealand data sheets be updated to include these changes. The changes outline that patients being considered for methylphenidate treatment should be carefully screened for cardiovascular risk, heart disease and psychiatric disorders, including any family risk factors. Also, because methylphenidate can cause or worsen some psychiatric disorders (such as depression, suicidal thoughts, hostility, anxiety, agitation, psychosis and mania) patient’s “psychiatric well-being” should be monitored.

Source: “Methylphenidate – updated guidance when treating children,” New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, June 2010.

United States, July 01, 2009:  The FDA has required the manufacturers of the smoking cessation aid/antidepressant bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin) to add new Boxed Warnings and develop patient Medication Guides highlighting the risk of serious neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients using this product. These symptoms include changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts and behavior, and attempted suicide.

Source: “Zyban (bupropion hydrochloride) Sustained-Release tablets,” FDA MedWatch, July 2009.

Japan, May 2009:  The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare investigated news reports of antidepressant users “who developed increased feelings of hostility or anxiety, and have even committed sudden acts of violence against others.” After its investigation, the Ministry decided to revise the label warnings on newer antidepressants stating, “There are cases where we cannot rule out a causal relationship [of hostility, anxiety, and sudden acts of violence] with the medication.”

Source: “Japan Revises SSRI Warnings–Hostility, Violence,” Medical News Today, May 28, 2009.

United Kingdom, March 2009:  Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (UK) published in their Drug Safety Update newsletter new information about Atomoxetine (Strattera). They warned that Atomoxetine is associated with treatment-emergent psychotic or manic symptoms in Children without a history of such disorders. Continued case reports of possible nervous-system and psychiatric adverse effects prompted a review of data from all sources, resulting in updated information on the risk of new-onset or worsening of serious psychiatric disorders, including psychotic reactions, hallucinations, mania, and agitation.

Source: “Atomoxetine: risk of psychotic or manic symptoms,” Drug Safety Update, MHRA, Vol. 2, Iss. 8, March 2009.

Australia, February 2009:  The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration reported that a boxed warning (the strongest warning) was placed onto the ADHD psychostimulant drug methylphenidate (Concerta and Ritalin) for drug dependence. It warns that chronic abuse of methylphenidate can lead to a marked tolerance and psychological dependence with varying degrees of abnormal behavior and frank psychotic episodes can also occur.

Source: “Boxed Warning, Contraindications and strengthened Precautions for Methylphenidate,” Janssen-Cilag, February 2009.

Australia, December 2008:  The Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Bulletin published an article about the psychostimulant Modafinil (Modavigil). The bulletin advised that this drug has caused serious adverse skin and psychiatric reactions. Psychiatric reactions have been reported in patients using Modafinil both with and without a psychiatric history. Five Australian cases had reported symptoms of: anxiety, abnormal behaviour, guilt feelings, rapid relapse/onset of depression, suicidal ideation, suicidal behaviour, psychotic disorder and delusion. All had recovered when the drug was ceased. Overseas reports of psychiatric reactions have also described hallucinations, aggression and mania.

Source: “Modafinil: adverse skin and psychiatric reactions,” Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Bulletin, Vol. 27, No. 6, December 2008.

European Union, October 22, 2008:  Eli Lilly updated their Strattera label to include: “Psychotic or manic symptoms: Treatment emergent psychotic or manic symptoms, e.g., hallucinations, delusional thinking, mania or agitation in children and adolescents without a prior history of psychotic illness or mania can be caused by atomoxetine at usual doses.”

Source: Atomoxetine, Summary of Product Characteristics, eMC, November 11, 2008, http://medicines.org.uk/emc/history/14482.

United States, October 24, 2007:  FDA and Cephalon (pharmaceutical company) notified health care professionals about updates to the Warnings section in the drug label for the company’s stimulant Provigil. The label now includes warnings regarding serious rash, including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (A life-threatening skin reaction, often caused by an allergic reaction to a drug) and hypersensitivity reactions, and psychiatric symptoms. Psychiatric adverse experiences (including anxiety, mania, hallucinations, and suicidal ideation) have been reported in patients treated with Provigil. Further healthcare professionals should be aware that Provigil is not approved for use in pediatric patients for any indication.

Source: “Provigil (modafinil) tablets,” FDA MedWatch, October 24, 2007.

United States, May 2007:  The FDA updated Geodon’s drug safety label adding the following adverse reactions that had been observed during postmarket use of the drug: details on allergic reactions (such as allergic dermatitis [inflammation of the skin], angioedema [rapid swelling of the deep layers of skin], orofacial edema [swelling in the mouth and/or face], urticaria [hives]), mania/hypomania, Serotonin Syndrome (a potentially serious and potentially life-threatening drug reaction that occurs when too much serotonin builds up in the body), syncope (temporary loss of consciousness), and priapism (a prolonged and often painful erection).

Source: “Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) — May 2007” FDA MedWatch, May 2007.

United States, May 2007:  The FDA updated Desoxyn’s safety label adding the following subsections to the label’s warnings section: sudden death with pre-existing structural cardiac (heart) abnormalities or other serious heart problems, psychiatric adverse events (including aggression, bipolar, and the emergence of new psychotic or manic symptoms), long-term suppression of growth, seizures, and visual disturbance. Also the following was added to Desoxyn’s boxed warning: “Misuse of methamphetamine may cause sudden death and serious cardiovascular adverse events.”

Source: “Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) — May 2007,” FDA MedWatch, May 2007.

United States, February 21, 2007:  The FDA directed ADHD drug manufacturers to distribute “patient friendly” guides to consumers warning about cardiovascular risks associated with these drugs, including: stroke, heart attack, sudden death. As well as psychiatric adverse events such as: hearing voices, becoming suspicious for no reason, or becoming manic, even in patients who did not have previous psychiatric problems.

Source: “FDA Directs ADHD Drug Manufacturers to Notify Patients about Cardiovascular Adverse Events and Psychiatric Adverse Events,” FDA News, February 21, 2007.

United States, August 21, 2006:  The FDA said ADHD drug’s prescribing information had been updated to include information about reports of sudden death in children and adolescents with pre-existing heart problems. In addition there have been reports of drug-related psychotic or manic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusional thinking, or mania even in children and adolescents who did not have previous psychiatric problems. It also has new data about the drugs’ suppression of growth, seizures (in those with prior history of seizures) and visual disturbances.

Source: “Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved by FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) — August 2006,” FDA MedWatch, August 2006; “2006 Safety Alerts for Drugs, Biologics, Medical Devices, and Dietary Supplements, Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine sulfate)”, MedWatch, August 21, 2006.

United States, November 2005:  The FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program reported safety label changes for Effexor XR (extended release).This included Warnings of sustained hypertension (high blood pressure), and the following Adverse Reactions: adverse events association with discontinuation of treatment, panic disorder, and homicidal ideation.

Source: “Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) — November 2005,” FDA MedWatch, November 2005.

European Union, August 19, 2005:  The Commission of the European Communities, representing 25 European countries, endorsed and issued the strongest warning yet against child antidepressant use as recommended by Europe’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). Clinical trials had shown that the drugs caused suicidal behavior including suicide attempts and suicidal ideation, hostility (predominantly aggression, oppositional behavior and anger) and/or related behavior.

Source: ANNEX II – Scientific Conclusions and Grounds for Amendment of the Summaries of Product Characteristics and Package Leaflets Presented by the EMEA. In Commission Decision of 19-VIII-2005 concerning the placing on the market, under Article 31 of the Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council…Brussels: Commission of the European Communities. C(2005) 3256.

Australia, December 2004:  The Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee had reviewed data on the safety and efficacy of using SSRI antidepressants in children for the treatment of depression. Their assessment of published and unpublished data available for SSRI use in children and adolescents indicated that there is evidence of an increased risk of suicidality, including suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and self-harm events, associated with each of the SSRIs. Further, in a recent study involving fluoxetine (Prozac), there was an increase in some adverse psychiatric events (acts and ideation of suicide, self-harm, aggression and violence).

Source: Duncan Topliss, et al., “Use of SSRI antidepressants in children and adolescents,” Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Bulletin, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Vol. 23, No. 6, December 2004.

United Kingdom, September 21, 2004:  The British Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority advised that it had issued guidelines that children should not be given most SSRI antidepressants because of clinical trial data showing an increase rate of harmful outcomes, including hostility.

Source: “Antidepressant aggression concern,” BBC News, September 21, 2004.

Canada, June 03, 2004:  Health Canada issued an advisory to the public stating that stronger warnings have been placed on antidepressants. These warnings indicate that people taking these drugs at any age are at greater risk of behavioral or emotional changes including self-harm or harm to others. The advisory said, “[A] small number of patients taking drugs of this type may feel worse instead of better…. For example, they may experience unusual feelings of agitation, hostility or anxiety, or have impulsive or disturbing thoughts that could involve self-harm or harm to others.”

Source: Jirina Vlk, “Health Canada advises Canadians of stronger warnings for SSRIs and other newer anti-depressants,” Health Canada, June 3, 2004.

European Union, April 22, 2004:  The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products issued a press release which reported that paroxetine (Paxil) should not be used in children and adolescents as clinical trials have found paroxetine to be associated with increased risk of suicidal behavior and hostility, and did not prove to be effective. In addition, there is a possibility of an increased risk of suicide-related behavior in young adults. The committee also recommended strengthened warnings on the withdrawal symptoms of paroxetine, which are common.

Source: “European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products: Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products 20-22 April 2004” EMEA, The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products, Press Release April 22, 2004.

United States, March 22, 2004:  The FDA asked drug companies to add new warnings on 10 widely used antidepressants. It said patients given these drugs should be closely monitored for worsening depression or suicidality, especially when the patient first begins taking the drugs or changes doses. At the time the FDA had not concluded whether the worsening of symptoms was due to the underlying disorder or the drug. It also said, “Anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia [severe restlessness], hypomania [abnormal excitement, mild mania] and mania, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants… .”

Source: “Worsening Depression and Suicidality in Patients Being Treated with Antidepressant Medications,” FDA Public Health Advisory, March 22, 2004.

Canada, August 22, 2003:  Health Canada posted a letter sent out to health care professionals about updates to Effexor’s prescribing information. The letter explained that in clinical studies in pediatric patients (aged 6 to 17), efficacy was not established for major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. Also, there were increased reports among those patients on Effexor XR (vs. placebo) of hostility and suicide-related adverse events, such as suicidal ideation and self-harm.

Source: “Important Safety Information Regarding the use of Effexor (venlafaxine HCI) Tablets and Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCI Capsules in Children and Adolescents – Wyeth Pharmaceuticals,” Health Canada, September 24, 2003.

United States, October 1995:  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said methylphenidate (Ritalin) use could lead to addiction. Also, that psychotic episodes, violent behavior, bizarre mannerisms, paranoid delusions, and hallucinations have all been associated with its abuse.

Source: “Methylphenidate, (A Background Paper),” Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section, Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), October 1995.

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Drugs cannot fire bullets.

Guns can fire bullets.

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it takes a human to kill people
guns just dont jump up by themselves and shoot people

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from The Washington Post....

With an eye on November, students and well-funded
groups are teaming up on gun regulation


Long-time groups focused on curbing gun violence are rushing to harness the new energy
among the student activists who have stepped forward after the Florida school shooting.


By TAL ABBADY and MICHAEL SCHERER | 9:36PM EST — Monday, March 05, 2018

Alan Ehrlich, left, thanks Charlie Eiglarsh after he registered to vote, as Ronnie Heller, right, helps Benjamin Sachs with his registration in Weston, Florida, on Friday. — Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The Washington Post.
Alan Ehrlich, left, thanks Charlie Eiglarsh after he registered to vote, as Ronnie Heller, right, helps Benjamin Sachs with his registration
in Weston, Florida, on Friday. — Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The Washington Post.


WESTON, FLORIDA — Young activists mobilized by the slaying of 17 students and faculty at a high school in Florida have begun to focus their fury on bringing change in November's mid-term elections.

As gun regulation efforts continue to face obstacles in Washington and state capitols, the students are appearing at candidate events, mounting voter registration drives and threatening to haunt politicians who stand in the way of their demands. And well-funded professional organizations that have long focused on curbing gun violence are rushing to find ways to harness their energy for the fall election.

Dozens of high school students showed up Friday afternoon for a voter registration rally at a park 23 miles from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of last month's deadly attack. They pointed to the student activists at Stoneman Douglas, who had promoted the event amid tweets with the hashtag #Vote­ThemOut, as their inspiration.

“I saw Emma González tweet and I came,” said Veronica Carbonell, 17, a senior at nearby Cypress Bay High School, referring to one of the students who has emerged as a leader after the shooting in Parkland. The rally was organized by Andrew Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee and a Democratic candidate for governor, who has refocused his own primary campaign on encouraging the student activism.

“My generation gets a lot of flak for being lazy and being addicted to our phones,” Carbonell said. “Well, social media is powerful.”

The groups that have long focused on curbing gun violence are finding ways to back the students' efforts. They have announced funds to encourage young voters' mobilization around guns, including a $1 million donation from Democratic financier Tom Steyer, bankrolls for student protest groups and shifts in their own policy priorities regarding gun control to better align with the demands of the teenagers.

“This is going to go from what would have been an important issue in the 2018 election cycle to what I think will be a defining issue in the 2018 election cycle,” said Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, a group founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (Democrat-Arizona), who was shot in the head during a 2011 mass shooting that killed six.

Historical patterns suggest that the public outrage after school shootings tends to fade months later, and the political map in 2018 remains difficult for advocates of stricter gun control, with incumbent Senate Democrats playing defense in largely rural states and partisan redistricting protecting House Republicans.

The National Rifle Association, which opposes most of the student demands, including bringing back a ban on assault weapons, restricting high-capacity magazines and raising the age to buy a long gun to 21, has reported significant enthusiasm among its members.

Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the NRA, said members were heartbroken by the events in Parkland and were supportive of student efforts to improve school safety. The group supports efforts to arm school employees and increase school security.

“It's unfortunate that the gun-control lobby is so obsessed with banning guns that they blame and shame hundreds of millions of law-abiding Americans for the acts of a deranged lunatic,” she said. “Second Amendment voters live in all 50 states, come from all walks of life, are members of all political parties and religions. They want their families to be safe and their constitutional rights respected. When they feel those rights are threatened they are energized to vote.”

But it is unmistakable that the uprising is having an early effect. Florida Republican leaders aim to pass a bill this week that would raise the minimum age to 21 for purchasing long guns, including the one used in the Stoneman Douglas shooting; add a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases; and ban the possession of bump stocks. The bill also aims to authorize the arming of some school personnel after significant training by the county sheriff's office.

On Monday, the state Senate approved the bill by a narrow 20-to-18 vote, after adding an amendment to exclude most classroom teachers from the plan to arm school staff.

And eight U.S. House Republicans, mostly from suburban swing districts in Florida or the Northeast, have signed on to a bill to expand background checks to private sales at gun shows. Several hold seats that are seen as ripe for Democratic pickup in November, including the exurban Philadelphia district of Representative Ryan Costello and the central New Jersey district of Representative Leonard Lance.

“This is an issue that women in suburban areas especially care about,” said Angela Kuefler, a pollster for Global Strategy Group who advises Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.


Anti-NRA signs are handed out during a voter registration rally in Florida on Friday. — Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The Washington Post.
Anti-NRA signs are handed out during a voter registration rally in Florida on Friday. — Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The Washington Post.

Entrenched political interests and student efforts are set to come together on March 24th, when communities will hold marches to protest gun violence. Everytown for Gun Safety said on Friday that it would provide $2.5 million in grants for these events.

“There are going to be hundreds of marches around the country, including the march in D.C.,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown.

From those and other activist events, students hope that politicians will feel pressure. High school students from 18 schools in the St. Louis area are planning a walkout on April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre. They want to protest at the office of Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a candidate in the Republican primary who hopes to unseat Senator Claire McCaskill (Democrat-Missouri.).

“Our idea is that right now Josh Hawley is the Republican front-runner, and that by doing this we may be able to help Claire McCaskill maintain her seat in the Senate,” said Brian Wingbermuehle, 18, a senior at Rockwood Summit High in Fenton, Missouri. “She's a lot better on guns.”

Like other groups around the country, the students are organizing themselves, connecting across school districts on massive iMessage chats or through the GroupMe app many students already use for school clubs. For those too young to vote, the focus is on persuading students who have hit 18 to register. “We want to mobilize seniors,” said Sunny Lu, 15, a sophomore at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis.

Democratic lawmakers are also trying to harness the energy. At a private meeting last week organized by Senator Chris Murphy (Democrat-Connecticut), the Senate's most prominent advocate for gun regulation, lawmakers asked gun-control groups to do a better job of coordinating on fall election campaigns. One idea raised was for the outside groups to create a type of “good housekeeping” seal for candidates on gun issues to counter the NRA rating system.

The outside groups, which have long coordinated, are shifting their focus to better align with the demands of the Florida students. After years of declining to make it a priority, Giffords will start pushing for a new sales ban on military-style weapons, with the added request that any of the banned guns now in circulation be registered with the federal government.

“The kids in Parkland challenged everyone to view this issue with an urgency that had been lost,” said David Chipman, a senior policy adviser for the group. “We have to focus on a new approach.”

Everytown has also shifted to support the effort after the student protests in Florida. “We are in a sea change at the moment,” Feinblatt said. “There are lots of proposals coming to the fore.”

While calls for tighter gun regulation usually fade after a mass shooting, it is also true that the bump in support for stricter gun laws has been sharper after Parkland than other recent mass shootings. A CNN poll taken after the Florida shooting found that 70 percent of Americans supported stricter laws, 18 points higher than an October poll after the Las Vegas concert shooting.

Wingbermuehle, the high school activist in Missouri, pointed to the “bystander effect,” a phenomenon he learned about in psychology class. For decades, experiments have shown that individuals are less likely to help a victim when other people stand by, doing nothing.

But the activism of the students in Florida broke the social norm of inaction for young people, Wingbermuehle said. “It says we can be doing things as well,” he explained. “We have good role models.”


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Michael Scherer reported from Washington.

• Tal Abbady is a freelance writer in Plantation, Florida. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Dame Magazine, BBC Travel and other publications.

• Michael Scherer is a national political reporter at The Washington Post. He was previously the Washington bureau chief for TIME magazine, where he also served as the White House correspondent. Before joining TIME, he was the Washington correspondent for Salon.

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« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2018, 09:20:43 pm »

what do idiot kids know about anything ?
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« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2018, 06:59:39 pm »


It's good to see those students targetting American politicians who take money from America's TERRORIST ORGANISATION, the NRA.

Turn it against them in the mid-term elections.....shame the bastards for caring more about the manufacturers of death than about young people and kids.
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« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2018, 01:52:31 pm »

YOUR ONE BRAIN CELL IS A TERRORIST ORGANISATION AGAINST COMMON SENSE  Grin
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thank fuck that leftist are such retarded drongo's

ALT LEFT ANTIFA IS A TERRORIST ORGANISATION
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« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2018, 07:32:47 pm »


Lots of shouting in your post.

Are you losing your cool, just like all those other stupid Trump supporters?
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« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2018, 12:12:43 am »

you were shouting about the nra by trying to call a gun club a terror org which is such a pile of bullshit YOU SILLY WANKER
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