Guns or Mental Illness? 20 Mass Murderers Who Took Prescription Drugs

After Elliot Rodger shot and killed seven near the UCSB campus in Santa Barbara, the topic of gun control has been reignited. More than 20,000 people participated in a rally on the campus to call for stricter gun control laws.

Another topic of discussion is mental health and the effects of prescription medications on mass murderers. In fact, CNN ran an editorial entitled “Fix Mental Health or Expect More Shootings.”

This article and several others have inspired inquiring minds to see if there is a widespread connection between the use of prescription medications and murder.

The above slideshow reveals 20 cases in which anti-depressants, anti-anxiety pills, or other prescription medications were used by the killers. Click here to learn about the side affects of these drugs.

We are not suggesting prescribed medications are to blame for the majority of mass murders, but seeking to further the discussion. The issue at hand is not black and white. It is complex, which requires that society as a whole looks at it from many angles. We must consider how guns, medication, family and social dynamics, and mental health play in the over scheme of things.

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