In several speculative reports following the massacre of children at Sandy Hook Elementary, defenders of the Second Amendment claim that Lanza was likely on medication which may have caused his homicidal behavior.
In an article citing various reports that Adam Lanza was "on medication" or had a "personality disorder," Mike Adams writing for Natural News, opines that instead of gun control, "we need medication control!"
Adams' article was picked up by Infowars and other alternative news sites that support gun rights. Such groups claim that the Second Amendment was specifically written to ensure that citizens can protect themselves in the event that government devolves into tyranny. According to Adams, the mental condition of the shooter is more relevant than access to weapons. Writes Adams,
The Columbine High School shooters were, of course, on psychiatric drugs at the time they shot their classmates in 1999. Suicidal tendencies and violent, destructive thoughts are some of the admitted behavioral side effects of mind-altering prescription medications.
As gun rights advocates try to redirect Sand Hook massacre discussion away from gun control, others call for stricter laws. But while no confirmation has been made that Adam Lanza was on prescribed medication, a non-profit mental health watchdog group called the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) corroborates that
Psychiatric drugs are documented by international drug regulatory agencies to cause suicidal and homicidal ideation, mania, psychosis, worsening depression and a host of violence inducing side effects. Numerous school shooters were under the influence of these drugs when they went on shooting rampages ... Yet there has never been a federal investigation into the link between psychiatric drugs and random senseless acts of violence.
CCHR has produced an 11-minute documentary called Psychiatry’s Prescription for Violence, which features
Dramatic recordings of actual 911 calls made by desperate family members—and even by a killer himself—convey the chilling reality behind today’s headlines. Here is the shocking truth underlying the current wave of violence devastating our homes, schools and communities.
Numerous experts are interviewed in the documentary, including physicians and victims' families, making a strong case for the need to investigate the role of psychiatric drugs in tragedies like Sandy Hook.