Tuesday, September 17, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com
(NaturalNews) We weren’t planning to cover this story until the Associated Press confirmed that Aaron Alexis, the shooter believed responsible for the recent mass shooting at the Navy yard, “had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems.”
This is proof that Aaron Alexis was on psychiatric drugs, because that’s the only treatment currently being offered by the Veterans Administration for mental problems. Alexis’ family members also confirmed to the press that he was being “treated” for his mental health problems. Across the medical industry, “treatment” is the code word for psychiatric drugging.
Nearly every shooter has a history of psychiatric drug use
As Natural News readers well know, the vast majority of mass shooters in U.S. history have all been on mind-altering psychiatric drugs. Those prescription medications create feelings of detachment in people, making them feel like they “playing out a video game” rather than acting out in the real world.
See a list of some of the other shootings where the perpetrators were taking psychiatric drugs in this Natural News article.
Not coincidentally, Aaron Alexis was also “obsessed with violent video games,” reports The Telegraph. Violent video games allow potential shooters to “rehearse” their first-person murderous rampage actions, reinforcing the actions in their brain neurology. It makes the act of killing seem normal, if not habitual.
This combination is repeated over and over again in violent mass killings: psychiatric drugs + video games = mass death.
Press once again lies about the AR-15
Of course, a mass shooting also needs to have a firearm present, but even facts surrounding those claims are now proven to be widely and inaccurately reported by the mainstream media — an institution which has now utterly abandoned the concept of fact checking in its rush to get the story out. Not only has the media had to retract its initial claim of the identity of the shooter, it also turns out that there was no AR-15 used in the shooting at all.
“Federal law enforcement sources told CNN Tuesday that authorities have recovered three weapons from the scene of the mass shooting, including one — a shotgun — that investigators believe Alexis brought in to the compound,” reports CNN. “The other two weapons, which sources say were handguns, may have been taken from guards at the Navy complex. The sources, who have detailed knowledge of the investigation, cautioned that initial information that an AR-15 was used in the shootings may have been incorrect. It is believed that Alexis had rented an AR-15, but returned it before Monday morning’s shootings.”
Regardless of the shooter’s weapon of choice, it also turns out that once again he chose a “gun-free zone” to carry out his crime, knowing full well that no ordinary citizens would be able to return fire, giving him plenty of time to carry out his mad killing plan.
This is another characteristic of recent mass shootings: they have all taken place in gun-free zones. Such zones are obviously the preferred targets of mass killers who seek to minimize their own risk of being taken out by return fire.
Finally, it is worth noting that the SWAT team which eventually shot and killed Aaron Alexis most likely did so with an AR-15 rifle, proving that AR-15s are extremely useful in protecting the public when deployed in the hands of someone who has the best interests of the public in mind. The actual rifle model used to kill Alexis has not yet been released, so it could have been something else, but there is no question that SWAT team members were well armed with AR-15-style tactical rifles and that such rifles in the hands of those men unquestionably served a positive role of protecting the public.
You can’t trust the media to tell you the real story
The bottom line in all this is that when it comes to shooters, psychiatric drugs and firearms, you simply can’t trust the mainstream media to tell you the real story. They will often report half-truths or even just invent bizarre new “facts” they want you to believe, but they have no real investment in the idea of getting to the actual story of what happened and bringing that story to the public.
The media is mostly just using this shooting as another way to sell more advertising while pushing a particular political agenda that utterly ignores the far more dangerous chemical holocaust taking place in our nation due to the widespread deployment of psychiatric drugs.
In fact, I am the author of the widely-shared article from 2012 entitled, Gun control? We need medication control!
And I stand by that argument today. A firearm in the hands of a competent, ethical person who protects innocent bystanders is a blessing. But a mind-altering medication in the hands of a violent video game addict with extreme anger issues is a catastrophe waiting to happen.
Sources: Navy Yard Shooter Was ‘Hearing Voices,’ Had Mental Illness
September 17, 2013 8:04 AM
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The deadly attack at the Washington Navy Yard was carried out by Aaron Alexis, one of the military’s own. The 34-year-old was a defense contract employee and former Navy reservist who used a valid pass to get onto the installation and started firing inside a building, killing 12 people before he was slain in a gun battle with police.
The motive for the mass shooting — the deadliest on a military installation in the U.S. since the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 — was a mystery, investigators said. But a profile of the lone gunman is coming into focus.
U.S. law enforcement officials are telling The Associated Press that Alexis had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. He also had been hearing voices in his head, the officials said.
Alexis had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the criminal investigation in the case was continuing. The Navy had not declared him mentally unfit, which would have rescinded a security clearance that Alexis had from his earlier time in the Navy Reserves.
Family members told investigators that Alexis was being treated for his mental issues.
At the time of the rampage, Alexis, 34, was an employee with a “The Experts,” a Hewlett-Packard sanctioned company that was a Defense Department subcontractor on a Navy-Marine Corps computer project, authorities said.
HP released the following statement in wake of the rampage: “We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard. Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those who have been affected. Aaron Alexis was an employee of a company called ‘The Experts,’ a subcontractor to an HP Enterprise Services contract to refresh equipment used on the NavyMarine Corps Intranet (NMCI) network. HP is cooperating fully with law enforcement as requested.”
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Gunman believed to have assembled shotgun in men’s room
New version of Navy Yard massacre indicates he did not shoot his way into the building.
WASHINGTON — Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis cleared a security checkpoint with his contractor ID and carried his shotgun, unassembled, into Building 197 within minutes of starting his bloody rampage Monday, federal investigators said Tuesday.
Investigators revised and refined the details of events at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters that left 13 people dead, including Alexis, who was shot to death in a showdown with police.
A federal law enforcement official said Tuesday that Alexis, a former Navy reservist, had sought assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs for mental illness as recently as a month ago. The official said the 34-year-old contractor recently paid about $540 to buy a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition at a gun store in Virginia.
Contrary to earlier reports provided by law enforcement officials, Alexis was not believed to be in possession of an AR-15 assault rifle.
Valerie Parlave, chief of the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field division, confirmed that Alexis was armed only with a shotgun when he arrived at the Navy Yard. Parlave said he obtained a handgun at some point during the attack.
“At this time, we believe that Mr. Alexis entered Building 197 at the Navy Yard with a shotgun,” she said. “We do not have any information at this time that he had an AR-15 in his possession.”
After Alexis fired several rounds randomly on the people below, the official said, he ran down a flight of stairs where he confronted and shot a security officer.
Investigators believe Alexis took the officer’s handgun and returned to the overlook, where he continued to shoot. At some point, the official said, Alexis left that location, shot a victim described as a maintenance person or building staffer. He returned one last time to the overlook, where he was ultimately killed in a confrontation with police.
Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the first Washington police officers, two units, arrived on the scene two minutes after being dispatched.
Four minutes after the call, five to seven units had gone through the Navy Yard gates, she said. Seven minutes after the first dispatch call, two police units outside Building 197 heard shots fired and immediately entered the building, she said.
Lanier said she did not have the exact time of the final shootout that resulted in Alexis’ death, but she said law enforcement officers from various agencies exchanged fire with Alexis several times. She said the entire incident lasted 30 to 60 minutes.
The federal official said investigators are just beginning to analyze Alexis’ possessions to determine if they might reveal any motive for the slayings.
“It didn’t appear that he had any plan for escape,” the official said. “No one believes he was looking for anybody in particular,” he said.
A witness, Rick Mason, a program management analyst, said the gunman was aiming down at people in the building’s cafeteria on the first floor.
The Metropolitan Police Department identified the last of the victims Tuesday morning: Arthur Daniels, 51; Mary Francis Knight, 51; Gerald L. Read, 58; Martin Bodrog, 54; and Richard Michael Ridgell, 52.
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Navy Yard shooting: AR-15, back in the news — briefly
updated 8:59 AM EDT, Tue September 17, 2013
A police officer runs near the scene of the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, September 16. Authorities said at least 12 people — and the suspect — were killed in the shooting.
Mass shooting at D.C. Navy Yard
- Advocates for tighter gun laws don’t want to put it in the hands of civilians
- Gun ownership proponents say the solution lies in more guns, not fewer
- The AR-15 originated as a U.S. Army rifle
(CNN) — It has been called the most popular rifle in America, and it briefly returned to the spotlight after Monday’s shooting at the Navy Yard: the AR-15.
A U.S. law enforcement official said Monday that gunman Aaron Alexis unleashed a barrage of bullets using an AR-15, a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun. Authorities believed the AR-15 was used for most of the shooting, the official said. The news prompted Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the strongest proponents of a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15, to issue a statement the same day asking, “When will enough be enough?”
However, federal law enforcement sources told CNN Tuesday that authorities have recovered three weapons from the scene of the mass shooting, including one — a shotgun — that investigators believe Alexis brought in to the compound. The other two weapons, which sources say were handguns, may have been taken from guards at the Navy complex.
The sources, who have detailed knowledge of the investigation, cautioned that initial information that an AR-15 was used in the shootings may have been incorrect. It is believed that Alexis had rented an AR-15, but returned it before Monday morning’s shootings. Authorities are still investigating precisely how many weapons Alexis had access to and when.
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Gunman passed security clearances
Tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard
Regardless, the massacre pushed the AR-15 back into the gun-control debate. The weapon has been used in several other rampages that shocked the nation:
– Sandy Hook: Adam Lanza killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, with an AR-15 in December 2012.
– Aurora: Police say James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58 using an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and at least one of two .40-caliber handguns police recovered at the scene.
– Portland: Jacob Tyler Roberts stole an AR-15 and killed two people in a mall food court in December 2012.
– Santa Monica: John Zawahri allegedly pieced together an AR-15-type gun and went on a rampage that started at his father’s home and ended at Santa Monica College in June. Five people were killed.
More or fewer guns
Advocates for tighter gun laws don’t want to see the semi-automatic cousin of the military-issue M4 assault rifle in the hands of civilians.
“Almost every mass shooting involves an AR-15 assault rifle,” Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford told CNN’s Piers Morgan Monday night.
“It’s the preferred mass shooter’s weapon of choice,” added Lunsford, who was wounded by Maj. Nidal Hasan during the Ft. Hood shooting in 2009.
“But I don’t see a logical reason why any civilian needs to have one of these killing machines.”
Gun ownership proponents, on the other hand, say the solution lies in more guns, not fewer.
That’s precisely the point CNN commentator and pro-gun activist Ben Ferguson made to Morgan.
Armed security guards aren’t enough, he said. Once a gunman gets past them, they are no longer effective.
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The cover of Tuesday’s New York Daily News is now wrong.
Another shooting, another front-page.