By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) The mass shooter in Dayton who killed nine people and wounded several others before being shot and killed himself by police was taking antidepressants and a cocktail of illicit drugs and alcohol during his rampage, according to a coroner’s report.
Montgomery County coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger, in a draft report, noted that Connor Betts, 24, said Betts was in possession of a pipe, a bag of cocaine, and had cocaine, antidepressants, and alcohol in his blood during his attack.
That means Betts has become the latest mass shooter who was taking antidepressants, which some medical analysts and experts believe can have deleterious and dangerous effects on some people.
â€œThis incident involved an intense firefight that is rarely seen other than combat and an active-shooter incident,â€ Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said. â€œThe officers were confronted with a moving shooter wearing body armor, actively executing victims with an AR-15 type weapon and high capacity magazines.â€
Betts’ rifle had a twin-50-round magazine inserted during his attack.
The use of SSRI antidepressant drugs by many mass shooters over the past decade is seen by some as a potential indicator for violence. But thus far, lawmakers have yet to focus in on this potential key aspect, choosing instead to opt for more gun control.
“Violence, especially random violence, is a complex manifestation of various thoughts, feelings, and external factors. When a multivariate analysis of these factors is conducted, it becomes apparent that itâ€™s not just mental health issues that are leading to such an increase,” notes Ammo.com.
“There may be an underlying substance which plays a role in a high percentage of these violent acts â€“ the use of prescription antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.
“At first glance, it makes sense that those involved in mass shootings may be taking antidepressants, as theyâ€™re clearly suffering from some sort of mental health issue,” the site notes further.
“But the issue with SSRIs runs much deeper than just a random mental health break. These drugs are a prescription for violent crimes, and thatâ€™s a story the anti-gun media and politicians donâ€™t want to talk about.”
Dan Roberts, writing at Ammoland, lists several instances where mass shooters were known to be taking SSRI (Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors)Â antidepressants.
“Nearly every mass shooting incident in the last twenty years, and multiple other instances of suicide and isolated shootings all share one thing in common, and it’sÂ notÂ the weapons used,” he wrote.
“The overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerfulÂ psychotropic drugsÂ or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.”
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