Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Better Living Through Chemistry

Another in a long line of public service announcements:
Man Holding Daughter Killed in Road RageThe Associated Press
Wednesday, August 3, 2005; 12:12 PM

BROCKTON, Mass. -- A man lifting his infant daughter out of his car was killed in an apparent case of road rage by a motorist "who obviously exploded" and shot him four times at close range in front of dozens of witnesses, authorities said.

The victim's 10-month-old girl was covered with blood but uninjured when police found her in a car seat on the floor of the vehicle.

Walter R. Bishop, 60, who was taking medication for depression(emphasis mine), was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Sandro Andrade. He pleaded innocent and was ordered held without bail; a hearing was scheduled for Aug. 26.

Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said Bishop had made a calculated decision to "shoot a man in cold blood in broad daylight on the streets of Brockton."

Police Chief Paul Studenski described it as a case of road rage.

Bishop's attorney, Kevin Reddington, said Andrade had provoked his client during a traffic altercation.

"We have a homicide that resulted from a circumstance where somebody picked a fight with an individual who obviously exploded," Reddington said. Bishop, a former soldier and security guard, had recently begun taking two medications for depression, he said.

Bishop told investigators he was driving his wife to the train station when Andrade's vehicle backed toward him on Main Street, Cruz said. The two exchanged heated words.

"He said his wife was scared, and he said he was angry at that encounter," Cruz said of Bishop. "He said he made up his mind right there that he had to do something."

After dropping his wife off, he allegedly returned to the scene of the confrontation, pointed a handgun through an open window and fired, police said.

"Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Four shots. It sounded like a cap gun," Louis McPhee, the manager of a car wash across the street, told The Boston Globe. "The guy was lying there in his own blood with a hole in his head and his arm still on the baby."

Bishop left before police arrived, but witnesses gave investigators his license plate number and police found him at his home.

Police said Bishop has a valid handgun license.

Despite what you read here, this is not "...a case of road rage." - it is, in fact, a not-all-uncommon behavior for people treated with a family of drugs known as SSRIs (selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors). You may know them better by their brand names, Zoloft, Prozac and a host of other anti-depressants.

This drug has been involved in virtually every mass shooting since the early '80s, from Kip Kinkel shooting 5 of his classmates in a prayer circle before class in Kentucky to the day-trader in Atlanta that killed his wife and kids and 9 people over at Charles Schwabb to the infamous Columbine HS shootings.

Unfortunately, every dime store social philosopher with an axe to grind has taken advantage of these incidents to promote their brand of Nirvana (banning guns, treating 'road rage', taking post-partum depression seriously, etc.) This phenomenon has nothing whatsoever to do with our society becoming more murderous (death rates per 100,000 from handguns reached their highs in the 1930s), listening to hip hop or playing Grand Theft Auto. Hell, anyone paying attention knows the violent crime rate has been going down for about 10 years, not up.

No folks, this is nothing more than a family of drugs that can make any of us suicidal, homicidal, disassociative and totally aggitated (akathesia) - and it is prescribed to thousands of people for dozens of reasons, most of which fall outside even this drug family's recommended uses.

This drug was assigned a black box label by the FDA recently (one step short of banning the drug altogether) - but even that doesn't go far enough. Avoid this shit like the plague - if you know anyone on this stuff, or if you yourself are taking SSRIs, get off them now. Do not go cold turkey, as there are lots of abso-fucking-lutely painful dangerous side-effects to withdrawal. Find a doctor that will help you with this (hopefully not the same bozo who prescribed this crap to you in the 1st place).

If it can make a 60-year old with no criminal history gun down a dad with his baby in his arms, imagine what it can do for you or your loved ones.

But don't take my word for it, Google violence near SSRI and see how many hits you get. Unfortunately, there will be many similar news reports before everyone wakes up. You've been warned.