What were the brain-altering psych drugs, if any, that the shooter might have been taking or withdrawing from?

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Originally published on August 3, 2012at:

The most recent episode in the peculiarly American epidemic of mass shootings happened yesterday, March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado. Everybody knows the bare details as broadcast on the mainstream media and most people are expecting the seemingly inevitable – and illogical – revenge/retaliations against Middle Eastern immigrants.

The lone shooter in Boulder was a 21-year-old Syrian-born man named Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa. He hasadmitted to the shooting.

A week earlier Alissa had legally purchased the murder weapon, a semiautomatic AK-15-style Ruger assault pistol.

Interestingly, the Boulder city council had enacted bans on assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines following the Parkland, Florida mass shooting in 2018. But a state district court judge ruled – just10 days before the massacre - that the city couldn't enforce the bans. TheColorado State Shooting Association, in collaboration with the “bankrupt”National Rifle Association had successfully petitioned the court to reverse the ordinance.  It appears that Alissa had purchased his weapon and ammunition a few days after the court order.

Alissa had emigrated from Syria with his family when he was 3-years-old. His family said that he was a bright, out-going boy until he entered high school and started being mercilessly bullied by classmates and teased because of his name. After the shooting, family members have described him as being “paranoid”, depressed, short-tempered, angry and perhaps “mentally ill”.

So far, as is typical in the cases of mass shootings (especially in school shootings) there has been no announcements of his having seen a physician or psychiatrist or having been given prescriptions for brain-altering psych drugs. Of course, it is too early in the investigation to learn about these facts, but in my extensive experience in researching the phenomenon of mass shootings in America, it will be very difficult to learn of such details. There are so many entities that don’t want such evidence to be revealed. Besides, most police officers, court psychiatrists and lawyers don’t think such evidence is even relevant.

I beg to differ and this column, written 9 years ago, will explain why. The various incidents of such shootings have many similarities. I suspect that what happened at the Colorado cities of Boulder, Colorado Springs, Aurora and Littleton, Colorado will be no different.

Dramatic, and recurring mass shootings is a peculiarly American phenomenon, given the fact that every other nation that experiences such shootings soon passes appropriate national legislation that effectively prevents the repeat of such preventable tragedies. Not in America however, thanks to the National Rifle Association and the numerous, well-paid weapons manufacturing lobbyists who threaten into silence and inaction most of elected officials in DC, both Republican and Democrat, who can’t seem to resist taking campaign donation bribes.

The infamous, and roundly hated Aurora, Colorado college student (James “the Batman Shooter” Holmes) was probably just another one of many psych drug brain-altered, and then gun-wielding, mass murderers who shot into an innocent crowd on July 20,2012 after making impressively bizarre plans to do so. There are many similarities with the 1999 Columbine, Colorado shootings that happened only a few miles away.

But what impressed me was the fact that the first words out of the mouths of the media and ruling elites immediately after many of these shootings was this obfuscating sentiment: “This is an act of ‘senseless violence’, and we will probably never understand why it happened”; meaning, of course, don’t bother speculating about the motives of the shooter. And don’t ask any unwanted probing questions, especially about Holmes’ psychiatrist and what mind-altering drugs she probably prescribed for him. “Trust us”, they are saying, “we’re the experts.”

Unfortunately, these experts are also likely to be beholden to various powers-that-be that aren’t interested in having us sheeple understand what really went down on at the midnight Batman movie. And they don’t seem to be very interested in solving the problem or curing the malady that is the epidemic of American gun violence.

The assorted potentially guilty accomplices are covering their behinds. They want to be sure that they will be held blameless when the final “official” report is released in a year or so. So don’t expect to be told everything that we need to know so that we can make sense of mass shootings any time soon. Psychiatry and BigPharma are off limits.

Do expect to hear all sorts of irrelevant spin-off verbiage about what kinds of guns and ammo were used and whether or not there will be an “insanity defense”. And, of course, the overwhelming reportage, until the trial starts, will be about the hundreds of victims and their dramatic stories rather than about the possible motivations of the shooter.

If there is evidence that will help us naïve “consumers” of drugs and information and advertisements and propaganda to make sense out of events that will give us a fighting chance to prevent them in the future, don’t expect that we will be told about it - until and unless some courageous investigative journalist does the hard sleuthing work and is allowed to report his findings. We will certainly be as confused about the Batman Shooter as most of us were about the Columbine shooters.

Mystifying Mass Murder

If the real connections that would help to de-mystify the latest mass shootings are suppressed, as expected, the gradually approaching police state agenda of the 1% will be enabled. Prepare for “domestic” spy drones over America, more conceal and carry guns and assault rifles purchased by fearful gun-owners, metal detectors everywhere and taxpayer-paid private security firms frisking us as we stand in line to see the next violence-inducing, fear-inducing shoot-‘em-up fantasy film about fictitious time-traveling “undead” monsters, or some new and laughably absurd super-hero movie that will surely stimulate ideas about violence to who-knows-what mentally unsound or brain-drugged, copy-cat, wannabe who might fancy himself as an avenger of injustice (or as a competitor for the Guiness Book of World Records for non-combat mass murders).

I have been listening and watching the repetitive and sensationalistic news coverage of the Aurora shootings during the days since the deed was done. And virtually nobody wants to talk about the psychotropic drugs that many of the school and workplace shooters were taking or withdrawing from.

We all know that there are ”sacred cows” lurking among us that are too big to raise questions about because they are “too big to fail” or even criticize. And most of them have the economic and political power to ensure that they are not questioned. It is also well known that many major media “journalists”, news anchors, politicians and police departments are careful to not step on big toes in crisis situations like the Batman shootings. Readers are fully justified in suspecting that the “experts” are covering up something in this case. Read on.

Who Might Be Potential Accessories to the Crimes of the Batman Shooter?

So we need to wonder our loud who might be those “sacred cow” groups or industries that are contributing to or even benefiting from making obscure America’s recurrent mass shootings. Many of them regard themselves as being too big to expose, criticize or otherwise implicate as accomplices, even as inadvertent accomplices. Any one of us can think of any number of potential culprits. My list includes this TOP 9 LIST (plus 3 major potential players further below):

< >the violent entertainment industry; the violent, and addictive videogame industry; the violent professional contact sports industry, where violent acts are eagerly anticipated and applauded; the Frankenfood industry that is doing so much to malnourish vulnerable brains and bodies; the weapons manufacturers and their lobbyist organizations;  the ease in getting lethal military style weapons (the Aurora killer reportedly got some of his guns at Gander Mountain and Pro Bass Shops); our militarized culture and the media that glorifies the “legal” mass murder by “licensed to kill” soldiers in the battlefield and then condemns them when they come home crazy, psychologically and spiritually tormented, and commit murders, suicides or crimes; Congresspersons, Presidents, Governors and Supreme Court justices who indifferently vote against, refuse to pass or refuse to enforce rational harm-reduction legislation that could do so much to prevent these mass homicides;  Christian church leaders who fail to teach to the potential mass murderers in their own Sunday Schools or confirmation classes about the Golden Rule and the other nonviolent ethical teachings of Jesus, whom they profess to follow.BigPharma (the multinational pharmaceutical companies) and their propaganda that shapes public attitudes and behaviors and stimulates demand for drug prescriptions from their physicians; the US Food and Drug Administration that grants approval for many potentially lethal psychiatric drugs on zero long-term safety data and woefully inadequate efficacy data; BigPsychiatry/BigMedicine and the obedient, co-opted drug-prescribing physicians who are locked into those corporate entities and who have, by and large, not opened their eyes and ears to the data from the truth-seeking medical, forensic and drug research community - who are not beholden to the wealthy and powerful pharmaceutical corporations.  

Much of this data, which is virtually never published in the BigPharma-subsidized medical journals, shows unequivocally that most, if not all, of the five classes of potentially addictive, potentially brain-damaging psychiatric drugs are fully capable of causing drug-induced violence, drug-induced psychoses, drug-induced homicidallity, drug-induced mania, drug-induced suicidality, drug-induced dementia, drug-induced sleep disorders and drug-induced criminal behaviors - especially among unsuspecting adolescents who are often told to ignore the adverse effects of their prescription drugs and just keep on taking them for the rest of their lives.

He Who Pays the Piper, Calls the Tune

By ignoring the mountains of peer-reviewed complementary-alternative medical literature but paying close attention to what is advertised in the mainstream medical journals, drug prescribers regularly - and often quite cavalierly – hand out brain and mind-altering synthetic chemicals that BigPharma’s ubiquitous, and very attractive sales staffs try to reassure physicians are safe, curative and non-addicting (with mostly skewed or insufficient data to back up their claims - and pens, pizzas and post-it notes to clinch the sale).

Therefore, considering the fact that there is a massive amount of evidence that makes the connection between American school shootings and the use of (or withdrawal from) mind-altering, brain-numbing, remorselessness-inducing psych drugs, a fair question should be: “Was the Batman Shooter taking or withdrawing from any one of the scores of psychiatric drugs so readily prescribed these days?”

(For essential background on this issue, see books by the whistle-blowing psychiatrist Peter Breggin, including Medication Madness, Toxic Psychiatry, Talking Back To Prozac or Your Drug May Be Your Problem and/or any of these websites:,,, or

But have we have heard on any radio or television station, even on PBS and NPR, a single word about the high likelihood of legal psych drug use or drug withdrawal in the case of the Batman Shooter? And have we heard anything about Dr. Lynne Fenton, Holmes’ psychiatrist who would have been his major prescriber? A lot of critical thinkers smell a rat. There is a cover-up going on.

“Don’t Waste Time Trying to Figure Out What Motivated the Shooter” is Bad Advice

Eric Harris, one of the Columbine High School shooters, in Littleton, Colorado was taking the brain-altering, Prozac-like drug Luvox that had been prescribed to him by his tragically unaware Colorado psychiatrist (after a trial of Zoloft “failed”). One of Harris’ victims contributed to the mythology of school shootings when he offered the following advice in an interview: “Don’t waste time trying to figure out what motivated the shooters. It’s a waste of time and it gives them exactly what they want (sic).”  At the end of the interview he lamented the fact that “I don’t think I’ll ever understand.” Duh.

Psychologically and spiritually, any psychologist or spiritual advisor worth his or her salt, when dealing with the psychological and spiritual consequences of trauma, will tell you that such advice is profoundly anti-therapeutic and will, at the very least, lead to delayed healing - possibly permanently delayed healing.

But the victim is certainly repeating what the “experts” often seem to want us to believe as they hide “sensitive” information that might be uncomfortable for Dr Fenton, or her clinic, or the pharmacist that filled the Luvox, or Holmes’s neuroscience grad school program, or family members, or pharmaceutical companies, or gun sellers, or legislators or secret black-ops military experimenters, or other potential accomplices. Are the authorities trying to protect the various industries and people that rightfully need to be named for their part in the massacres, however indirect?

It is important to remind readers at this point to check out, where they will find a collection of 4,800+ damning, mostly criminal news stories about the behavioral and psychic toxicity of antidepressant drugs. There are documented examples of psychotropic drug-induced violence that have made it into the media or were part of three FDA hearings (1991, 2004 or 2006) where public testimony about the lethality of FDA-approved psych drugs was allowed (and essentially ignored) by the FDA panel.

My column last week listed dozens of drug-related acts of violence that made the news. Here are a few more examples of killers and their drugs:

Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Pfizer’s Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

A ten year-old boy from Houston shot and killed his father after his Eli Lilly’s Prozacdosage was increased.

15-year-old Hammad Memon shot and killed a fellow middle school student.  He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Pfizer’s Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”

22-year-old culinary student Matti Saari shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself.  Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Lilly’s Prozac, Upjohn/Pfizer’s Xanax and Searle/Pfizer’s Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Pfizer’s Xanax in his system.

18-year-old Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School - then he committed suicide.

14-year-old Asa Coon of Cleveland, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

16-year-old Jon Romano, taking medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school.

Finally, to read my recent Duty to Warn column entitled: “Many Psychoactive Drugs are Strongly Associated with Violence”see:


Dr Gary G. Kohls lives in the USA and writes articles that deal with the dangers of fascism, corporatism, totalitarianism, militarism, racism, malnutrition, and Big Pharma’s over-drugging and over-vaccinating agendas. In addition,his columns deal with cultural movements that threaten democracy, war, civility, health, freedom, the future of the children and the sustainability and livability of the planet.

Dr Kohls is a board member of the National Health Federation ( and is a past member of Mind Freedom International, the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is a signatory to and/or an advocate of the principles of the Great Barrington Declaration, the World Doctors Alliance and Americas Front Line Doctors.

Dr Kohls practiced holistic medicine and preventive psychiatry for the last decades of his medical career, largely helping the psychologically-wounded, over-medicated survivors of psychiatry that had often been mis-diagnosed and over-medicated with cocktails of neurotoxic, frequently addictive psychiatric drugs that had never been tested for safety when used in combinations.

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