Jan 062013

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs (SVA) will employ 800 peer counselors by 2013 that will be controlled and disseminated by the DoD under directives of the SVA. Collaborative tools and monetary oversight will remain with the SVA as an estimate 1,600 mental healthcare workers is expected to be needed to deal with the issue of mentally ill veterans nationally.

A National Research Action Plan will be established by May of 2013 that will be sponsored by the US government to use biomarkers for “early diagnosis and treatment” of veterans who tested positive for a propensity toward TBI/CTE. Obama wants to integrate electronic data sharing of information about veterans and their predetermined mental status between federal agencies, academia and state-sponsored research facilities to create pharmaceutical and psychiatric answers to this supposed burgeoning problem.

The goal of the Obama administration is to devise a “comprehensive longitudinal mental health study with an emphasis on PTSD, TBI, and related injuries” to identify mental health issues in veterans and enroll veterans in a long-term plan coordinated with the Department of Veteran Affairs which will be directed by the DoD.

The creation of a Task Force to advise Obama on how to deal with mental illness and veterans will be established within 180 days of the EO. This Task Force will alone define specific goals on how to best combat veterans alleged fall into mental illness with specific regard to TBI/CTE and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).

The US government’s goal is to identify these veterans and label them with a progressive, unstable and degenerative disease so that they can refer them to mental hospitals for further evaluation and/or admittance.

The University of Pennsylvania study of the Clinton assault weapons ban concluded that the legislation had no effect on the naturally occurring decrease in gun-related violence because the ban only exempted gun and magazines that were manufactured prior to 1994. The statistical fact that mass shootings are so rare makes them impossible to attribute to the availability of guns to the American public.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices published a study that linked reports of violent behavior to 31 prescribed pharmaceutical drugs that are readily prescribed by the psychiatric community.

These drugs are more likely to cause violent behavior:

• Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) antidepressant affecting serotonin levels
• Venlafaxine (Effexor) antidepressant for anxiety disorders
• Fluvoxamine (Luvox) antidepressant affecting serotonin levels
• Triazolam (Halcion) insomnia treatment, addictive
• Atomoxetine (Strattera) ADHD treatment, affects neurotransmitters
• Mefoquine (Lariam) malaria treatment, causes bizarre behavior
• Paroxetine (Paxil) SSRI antidepressant, causes severe withdrawal and birth defects
• Fluoxetine (Prozac) SSRI antidepressant, causes extreme violence
• Varenicline (Chantix) anti-smoking medication

Mainstream media hosts are pushing for the complete ban on assault weapons across the nation, claiming: “You don’t need them unless you want to be the next mass shooter!”

Dick’s Sporting Goods (DSG) has suspended the sale of sporting rifles in all of their stores. DSG has locations across the country, including in Newtown, Connecticut.

In a public statement, DSG said: “We are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, CT, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the entire community. Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide. We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy.”

It is being investigated as to whether or not the gun Adam Lanza used during the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary was purchased at DSG.

The decision by DSG will last indefinitely.

Wal-Mart has stated that they will stop selling their Bushmaster Patrolman’s Carbine M443 rifle, a military-based gun that resembles the gun used by Lanza.

Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that owns the manufacturer of the Bushmaster has said they are selling off their financial investment in the corporation and returning any profits to the investors because: “It is apparent that the Sandy Hook tragedy was a watershed event that has raised the national debate on gun control to an unprecedented level….It is not our role to take positions, or attempt to shape or influence the gun control policy debate. That is the job of our federal and state legislators. There are, however, actions that we as a firm can take.”

Senator Joe Manchin, who was pro-gun, is now saying that something must be done about restricting guns after the Connecticut shooting. – Susanne Posel

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