In the wake of the latest mass shooting, many lawmakers and activists are calling for legislation to address the epidemic of incidents like the one that happened in Oregon last Thursday. However, one Las Vegas politician, Michele Fiore, says that psychiatric drugs are likely to blame, a common gun fanatic talking point that isn’t based in any real science.
The Nevada assemblywoman thinks that the government should research the drugs these individuals were taking, and has suggested that the medications could have caused them to carry out these mass shootings.
Via News 3 KSNV Las Vegas:
“We have to look into what is being prescribed and what is in these meds just like clinical studies,” Fiore told News 3 this weekend. “Why don’t we do studies on the medication all of these shooters were taking and take that medication off the market?
“Obviously, medications can alter your mind just as alcohol can alter the mind,” she said. (Source)
This isn’t the first time Michele Fiore has proven she really has no clue what she’s talking about, or that she’s willing to say some very ignorant things to pander to the right-wing fringe. Earlier this year, I wrote about how Michele Fiore stated that cancer was a fungus that could be flushed out with water and baking soda.
Yes, Michele Fiore thinks you can cure cancer with baking soda, and drugs which help people deal with mental illness are responsible for violence and mass shootings. You may think that is far-fetched, but these two ideas are commonplace in conspiracy circles, promoted by “natural medicine” grifters like David Avocado Wolfe or false-flag alarmists like Jesse Ventura and Alex Jones.
The day after the shooting, her campaign website also posted a statement in which she attempted to place the blame on “gun-free zones” and prescription medication despite the fact that Oregon allows concealed carry on college campuses, including the one where the shooting happened.
We should really be focusing on the root of the problem: mental illness. I urge everyone to educate themselves on mental illness and the drugs that doctors are so quick to prescribe, because knowing the signs and side effects of these could save lives; banning guns will not!
Today’s victims and their families will be in my thoughts and prayers, and I will continue my work to raise awareness of the dangers of gun-free zones and the dangers of the drugs that are prescribed.
I will not let the media make this about guns. Join me on Saturday because we will be talking about these dangers and how an armed society is a safe society.” (Source)
This is the typical response from gun fanatics, especially the ones who buy into the NRA propaganda that there is a giant conspiracy to take away everyone’s guns. Yes, many of these shooters were mentally ill, including the man who opened fire in a movie theater here in Lafayette back in July.
Mental illness may play a factor in incidents like Oregon or Sandy Hook, in addition to being unable to fit in with society along with easy access to high-capacity semi-automatic weapons. However, ignoring science and blaming people with mental issues along with the medications that help them deal with their condition is disgusting. The American Psychological Association has concluded that there is not usually a link between mental illness and crime (check out this wonderful segment from John Oliver on HBO discussing this fact and many others related to mental illness), but politicians like Michele Fiore happily ignore science to promote the NRA’s agenda.
At the same time, as much as gun apologists say that the problem is mental health, they’re often the first to oppose government programs which are meant to help the same people they blame for these mass shootings. As a state legislator, Michele Fiore voted against Medicaid expansion in Nevada, even though her home healthcare businesses have taken in over $6 million in Medicaid payments.
Oh yeah, and Michele Fiore is also part of the Nevada Leadership Team for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. That tells you all you need to know right there.
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