Drugs, Guns, Fake News and "Christian Supremacy": The School Shooting in Parkland, Florida
As I was driving through the frozen tundra of South Dakota this past Valentine's Day, the Rush Limbaugh Show, was interrupted with breaking news: 14 young men and women at a high school in Parkland, Florida, lost their lives at the hands of yet another deranged school shooter.
The same, tired, cyclical argument began again immediately on radio talk shows, and the regular alphabet soup of television channels, and probably continues as you're reading this. "We need gun control to prevent school shootings." "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." "Thoughts and prayers don't save lives, banning guns will!" "Muh' Second Ammendment!" "...If you don’t agree we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill." "What about people who like to hunt?" "Hunters don't need assault rifles!"
Blah, blah, blah. Automatic weapons. Semi-automatic weapons. Handguns. Bump-Stocks. 30 round magazines. Legislation. The NRA. The talking points are endless, but every one of them skirts the real issues.
The (Tranquilized) Elephant In The Room
If you watch television news, or read the newspapers, you will have missed that the perpetrators of 38 of the most recent school shootings were on psychotropic drugs (i.e. anti-depressants like Prozac and Zoloft, anxiolytics like Valium, Klonopin and other benzodiazepines, or stimulants like Vyvanse, Ritalin and Adderall). Even culprits older in age like Stephen Paddock, the man who fired on a crowd of concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, was found with anti-anxiety drugs in his system.
Do drugs cause mass shootings? Obviously, not in all cases. But take a look at these side-effects:
- Use of extreme physical or emotional force
- Thoughts of killing oneself
- Homicidal ideation
With every mass shooting that occurs (apart from what is known to be Islamic Terrorism) the connection with psychotropic drugs becomes more and more pronounced. A full list of drugs for which homicidal ideation is a side effect can be accessed here.
I AM NOT TELLING YOU TO STOP TAKING YOUR MEDS! But, two points of this aspect of the problem cannot go without comment.
First of all: We live in a society of immediate gratification. Hard work means nothing to someone who glorifies Ariana Grande, and made a small fortune in the cryptocurrency market. Physical labor is frowned upon, while Hollywood and the music industry turn degenerates into rappers and demi-gods. And, since marriage has been all but destroyed by divorce, contraception, homosexuality and sex-ed, waiting for "the one" has been replaced by an app where you can swipe right for casual sexual encounters, practically on-demand.
Why spend generations building a grand cathedral, when you can build one on Minecraft (a video game) in less than a week? Why spend time learning your grammar, when you can just use spell check? Why take the time to continually prune away your vices, develop your virtues, and spend time refining yourself spiritually and emotionally, when you can just pop a few happy pills and forget about your problems?
Drugs don't cause emotional instability. Irreligion, decadent culture, and broken families do. Drugs merely suppress the symptoms... for a time. Until they stop working, and the emotions boil over and, like an atomic bomb, level relationships and/or the lives of innocent bystanders close enough to ground-zero.
This unhealthy, drug addled, "quick fix" is just one of the many fires burning in the collapsing building that was once Western Civilization, and this fire is being fueled by gasoline being poured by all our politicians arm in arm with Big Pharma.
According to the Google box, there are 1,274 registered lobbyists working for the major pharmaceutical companies, being shared by the 535 members of Congress that write the laws that govern their industry. That's 2.38 lobbyists assigned to each member of Congress. But, in my (award-winning) research, interviews, and dealings with people and groups advocating for pharmaceutical reform, the total number is actually closer to 8,560 lobbyists in Washington D.C.. That's 16 people advocating on behalf of Big Pharma, for each and every member of congress. And there's a lot of money spilling out of the drug companies, and into the pockets of our representatives.
Now, do you see why the powers that be want to keep the debate firmly fixed on guns?
Just like these poor people suffering from emotional distress, that use (prescription) drugs as a crutch instead of taking the time to deal with their problems, Congress sits idly by placating their lust for power by taking Big Pharma's money, to help ensure that they have enough resources to win re-election the next time around.
Mark my words: Congress will never willingly work to reform our current disaster of a medical industry, and this will result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of more people. Whether it's from a mass shooting, facilitated by psychotropic drugs, or the tens of thousands of people dying from an opiate addiction which began with a prescription for OxyContin (a drug made legal, because a Jewish pharmaceutical mogul lied on their patent), there is definitely blood on the hands of the Washington D.C. political class.
Fake News Strikes Again
At the first available opportunity, I pulled over on the frozen highway (don't text and drive) and I feverishly checked the Drudge Report to satiate my need for more information, when I was confronted with this:
I sat back in the drivers' seat in horror, imagining the reports I would no doubt be watching later on CNN and MSNBC, as Don Lemon and Rachel Maddow blame "literally" ALL white people for this horrible atrocity.
More Googling, and digging around on the web, revealed that Nikolas Cruz (the Valentine's Day shooter) was allegedly a member of a White Nationalist group called "Republic of Florida," and that he had taken part in military training with these alleged supremacists.
According to the Independent:
"A representative of the Republic of Florida named Jacob Jered initially told multiple outlets that suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member, though later in the day Mr Jereb undercut his previous claim with a statement saying there had been a misunderstanding due to his group having multiple people with the same first name."
It turns out, however, that this was all just a steaming pile of Fake News. What really happened, according to websites like FMShooter.com and Politico, is this: The SPLC and the ADL were tricked into believing a "prank" created on a website called 4-Chan, where an anonymous post stated that the shooter was a member of this "Republic of Florida" group, and tricked Jacob Jered (leader of Republic of Florida) into confirming the shooter's membership. It's long, and complicated, but in the end these radical Leftist groups (the ADL and the SPLC) told their media cohorts to run the story without getting sufficient confirmation, in an effort to prove a point, and create a political narrative that white people are evil, that guns are bad, and ultimately that if the President does not take away the right to bear arms, he's a dirty, racist, white supremacist.
This Fake News traveled around the world thousands of times over, being blogged and re-blogged, tweeted, and posted everywhere, before retractions were made, that nobody noticed anyway. Mission Accomplished.
The Real "Supremacy" The Left Wants To Demonize
As I continued my investigation into the Parkland shooting, I headed to Twitter, to see what the conventional wisdom of the internet was at the time, and I checked the trending topics.
Obviously, the hashtag #GunReformNow was the number 1 trending topic. Even Nostradamus could have predicted that one, but #2 trending on Twitter was the word "Christian." I wasn't sure what this was about so I clicked on it.
What followed was a barrage of Tweets about Joy Behar (co-host of The View) calling Christians, specifically Mike Pence, mentally ill for believing that he can talk to God. Or that God can talk to him. Or something like that. This specific incident is worthy of its own article, but this isn't what I'm really trying to get to, and believe me, I'm going to bring all of these (seemingly) disparate elements together for you in just a moment.
Amongst the deluge of Tweets bickering about Joy Behar's anti-"Christian" bigotry, I came across a Tweet from @AmericanAthiest, a verified account representing an organization fighting for freedom from religion called American Athiests. The tweet, which I have embedded below, confirms a suspicion I've held for the past 5 months.
Christian supremacist, frequent liar, and Fox News contributor Todd Starnes blames the #Parkland school shooting on "banning" Bibles and prayer from schools, destroying the "traditional family," and "turn[ing] our backs" on God. pic.twitter.com/A38BCoEl2N— American Atheists (@AmericanAtheist) February 15, 2018
Did you catch that? The Left is now using the term "Christian Supremacist" as a derogatory term against the religious Right. Do not doubt me: All this talk of "White Supremacists," "Nazis" and "Fascists" were all just euphemisms for what the Left really wants to say: Christian Supremacist.
I started to realize that this pejorative labeling of Right Wingers was really about attacking anything at all that smacked of Christianity during the Roy Moore senate run in Alabama. Moore, for all his faults, was branded as an enemy of the Left, not because he allegedly had some sexual misconduct in his past, but because he advocated for Christianity (albeit Protestant) above all.
Take, for example, this article from the Revolutionary Communist Party of America. The article titled "Goose Stepping Towards Fascism: Roy Moore and the Advance of Christian Theocracy," states:
"... the candidacy of Roy Moore, who has effectively been endorsed by Trump, is a new, major and deadly serious offensive by Christian fascists."
Now if you look at the policies and positions of Judge Moore, you'll find that he was seeking to allow the Christian religion back into the public school system, to uphold the 10 Commandments in our courts and laws, and to preserve traditional marriage here in the states, instead of this LGBTXYZ mess that we currently have. There is nothing "fascist" about that, but the Left overplayed their hand, they showed us their cards, and we should be paying close attention.
A priest I know once said that the soft persecution of Liberalism always turns bloody in the end, and I believe he is right. The Left and the Media are doing their darnedest to conflate anyone on the political right with "Supremacism," they are radicalizing our youth, who are joining violent communist organizations like Antifa, to "bash the fash" and one day they will come for us. For Catholics, for Protestant "Christians", for anyone that does not get on board with Critical Gender Theory, Critical Race Theory, Islam, gun control, or anybody who believes that Jesus Christ is God. We need to get ahead of this. We need to be prepared. We need to keep our eyes open. The Left won't care about distinctions, nuance or truth. They care about domination.
And with that, I will now leave you with the article that sparked the labeling of Todd Starnes, a Fox News contributor, as a "Christian Supremacist."
If this piece is enough to provoke the ire of the Left, imagine what they think of the dogmas of our faith? "Extra ecclesiam, nulla salus est."
Another American high school has been turned into a killing field. And the nation wonders why. What has happened to our country?
Well, I’m going to answer that question for you. And the answer may leave you a bit unsettled because the answer is politically incorrect.
You see – I believe there is a God — but I also believe there is a Devil. And I see his hand at work in our country. And I have no doubt that he is smiling at the chaos and the carnage that has scarred the land of the free.
We’ve raised a generation to believe that truth is relative – that there is no right or wrong.
And the Devil smiled.
They kicked God out of the public marketplace, banned Bibles and prayer in school.
And the Devil smiled.
Tens of millions of unborn babies have been slaughtered in the name of choice.
And the Devil smiled.
The traditional family has been redefined, broken homes raising broken kids.
And the Devil smiled.
We’ve taught a generation there are no consequences for bad behavior — no personal responsibility.
And the Devil smiled.
Our movies and music and games glorify violence and gore. Relationships have been poisoned by pornography.
And the Devil smiled.
What’s happening across America is about wickedness – a war with the forces of darkness – good versus evil.
The politicians and pundits would have you believe this is not about God – it’s about politics and mental illness and gun control.
And the Devil smiled.