Wednesday's HOT MIC

Wednesday's HOT MIC

Megan, that comes down to "might he have taken Valium for anxiety?" and the answer is "yeah sure". But arguing that the Valium caused the mass shooting is unsupported to the point of being silly. There are something like 15 million Valium prescriptions in the US every year, and there's been one of these shootings ever.

The Alex "Consummate Ass" Jones chemtrails crowd has been pushing the notion that SSRIs cause these things for years, as has Scientology, but it's always based on a fairly silly fallacy: they note that some high percentage of mass shooters have taken SSRIs and other psychiatric drugs (although this is the first time I've seen diazepam connected to one.) The fallacy is that most all mass shooters have had psychiatric problems, and in this country, the first line of treatment is almost always psychiatric drugs.  So the observation is equivalent to noting that out of a population in which 95 percent of the people take SSRIs, 95 percent of the mass shooters have taken SSRIs.

Everyone would like to know how this happens. My own guess is they'll find he had a brain tumor, like Charles Whitman, but it's just a guess.