WATCH: Cop Snaps, Abuses His Own K9 After He Failed to Find Drugs During Stop

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Fort Lauderdale, FL — An infuriating video has surfaced this week showing a police officer harassing an innocent motorist over the darkness of his window tint—and likely his skin color too. The detainment and extortion of innocent motorists for dark windows is a terrible injustice, as TFTP has consistently reported, which makes this video twice as infuriating. During the stop, the man filming the interaction caught the cop on camera violating his rights while abusing his own K9 partner too.

According the person who posted the video, who goes by the name DePastor Yoo, on Facebook, he was driving home Saturday night when he was targeted by an officer with the Wilton Manors Police Department because his tint was suspected of being too dark.

Our attempts to reach DePastor have been unsuccessful, however, the video is self explanatory.

In the land of the free, if police feel that your window tint is too dark, they will claim the right to extort money from you. If you resist this extortion, police will claim the right to kidnap or kill you. Unfortunately, in the land of the free, these instances happen so frequently that they are often caught on video too.

As the video below shows, after the officer initiated the stop, he went on a fishing expedition with his K9. Although the Fourth Amendment is supposed to prevent people from unreasonable search and seizure, the United States Supreme Court ruled that using drug dogs during lawful traffic stops does not constitute a search as an individual does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in illegal contraband within a vehicle.

The Supreme Court case of Illinois v. Caballes laid out this most unconstitutional practice and paved the way for a K9 to be deployed during most traffic stops. This is what we see in the video below.

During a traffic stop in which an officer deploys their K9, if the dog alerts to the vehicle, it gives the officer probable cause to then search the vehicle.

As TFTP has reported at length, the overwhelming majority of the time, K9 officers will alert on vehicles whether drugs are present or not.

In many cases, police dogs are trained with positive reinforcement if they are able to find contraband—a situation that will obviously lead to false positives. Police deny that this tactic is used in training, despite the fact that it is known to be commonplace.

In 2014, we reported on the high-profile case of Timothy Young. Young was pulled over for failure to use his turn signal when a police K-9 was said to have alerted to his vehicle. After police found no evidence of drugs in his car or on his person, he was then handcuffed and driven to a hospital an hour away. During this forced visit to the hospital, Young was x-rayed and sodomized in search of non-existent substances.

Luckily for DePastor, he escaped this traffic stop without being forcibly sodomized in search of non-existent drugs. The K9, however, was not so lucky.

After walking the K9 around DePastor’s vehicle in search of non-existent drugs, the dog never alerted. Enraged that he now lost his ability to continue the traffic stop by searching DePastor’s car, the officer snapped and took his aggression out on the innocent dog.

After he rounds the last corner of the car and the K9 didn’t alert, the officer fiercely jerks the dog’s collar with all of his weight to let out his frustration. This action now has the online community enraged.

Many people are speaking out and are asking for the officer in the video below to be charged with assault on a police officer. Indeed, if a citizen was seen treating a police K9 in this manner, rest assured they would like be facing some sort of accountability.

Hopefully this story also helps to expose the insidious nature of pulling people over for dark windows too, as other folks, like 21-year-old Christopher Ballew, have been severely beaten or even killed over how much sunlight they let in their cars.

The Free Thought Project reached out to the Wilton Manors Police who noted that they were aware of the video and are investigating it. They gave no other details. The department has since pulled down their Facebook page as they are likely being flooded with negative comments.

If you’d like to contact the department, you can do so by phone: (954) 390-2150.

 

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Cocaine and other illegal drugs are so common that 13% of us have traces of it on our fingers (even if we don’t use it)


Image: Cocaine and other illegal drugs are so common that 13% of us have traces of it on our fingers (even if we don’t use it)

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A new study indicates that cocaine is now so prevalent in society that ten percent of those who have never even used the drug actually have traces of it on their hands.

The study, which was carried out by researchers at the University Surrey, involved testing the fingerprints of 50 drug free volunteers and an additional 15 volunteers who had taken cocaine or heroin in the past 24 hours. The researchers found that of the fingerprints taken from the 50 drug-free volunteers, roughly 13 percent contained traces of cocaine, and one percent contained a metabolite of heroin.

“It’s clear that fingerprint testing is the future of drug-testing,” said Mahado Ismail, lead author of the study. “There are many factors that set fingerprint testing apart – it’s non-invasive, easy to collect and you have the ability to identify the donor by using the sample.”

“Believe it or not, cocaine is a very common environmental contaminant,” explained Dr. Melanie Bailey, Lecturer in Forensic Analysis at the University. “It is well known that it is present on many bank notes. Even so, we were surprised that it was detected in so many of our fingerprint samples.”

Dr. Bailey added that they have found a way to tell the difference between someone who had come into contact with environmental contaminants and someone who was a genuine drug user. “By establishing a threshold for significance on a fingerprint test, we can give those tested the piece-of-mind of knowing that whatever the result of the test may be, it was not affected by their everyday activities or shaking hands with someone that had taken drugs.” (Related: The TSA has been caught in a massive $100 million cocaine cover-up).

But while the researchers at University Surrey are confident that they can make a distinction between people who had come into contact with environmental contaminants and real drug users, others are still quite concerned. What would happen if you were apprehended by authorities and they found traces of cocaine on your fingerprints, even though you had never sold or used the drug? What if the standards that University Surrey came up with to be able to tell the difference between a victim of environmental contaminants and a real drug user failed, and an innocent person was wrongly convicted of a crime he or she never committed? (Related: Snorting cocaine makes you six times more likely to suffer from a stroke.)

This hypothetical scenario has happened in the past. Back in 2015, for instance, a bus driver in the U.K. by the name of Alan Bailes won a claim for unfair dismissal after failing a drug test because he handled banknotes that had traces of cocaine on them. While this was certainly an unfortunate occurrence, it really shouldn’t have come as a surprise to the people of Britain. According to a study conducted by the Forensic Science Service, nearly all banknotes in the country are contaminated with cocaine within two weeks of entering circulation. Notably, the old cotton banknotes are notorious for picking up substances, which is one of the main reasons why the Bank of England is phasing them out and replacing them with plastic notes.

Even though this study was carried out in Britain, concerns over cocaine and illegal drug use remain high in the United States as well, especially as our border remains open and illegal immigrants continue to traffic drugs into the country from Mexico. In January, for example, ICE reported that a 46-year-old illegal alien from south of the border was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for smuggling cocaine into the United States after having been deported once before. Another illegal immigrant, 37-year-old Giovanni Montijo-Dominguez, was also charged by criminal complaint with cocaine trafficking.

Sources include:

Telegraph.co.uk

Dailymail.co.uk

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Alternatives to psychiatry: Coming off psych drugs based on personal & professional experience

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It’s been over 5 years since I started offering non-medical consultations to people in the process of coming off or hoping to come off psych drugs. I have also worked with families of people looking for alternatives and seeking to get out of the hospital/medication runaround.

Before I started this consulting business, I had gained a decade of professional experience with various organizations using different approaches to support people seeking alternatives to psychiatry. Working for these different groups and businesses helped me to learn about models of peer support, nutritional and herbal/supplemental support for the body, detox strategies, tapering methods, and the common challenges people face when withdrawing from substances their doctors told them were safe and medicinal.

I also had my own experience of getting off of 7 different psychiatric pharmaceuticals. I knew I would have died if I hadn’t been able to safely withdraw (and the story would have been that I died of mental illness).

None of the people I have worked with have had an easy time. People don’t hire a private non-medical consultant to help them get off of a prescription medication because it’s easy and straightforward. If there was a simple step-by-step process that could be written in a book or blog, we wouldn’t have this epidemic and I wouldn’t get despairing emails and messages almost daily.

I wanted to share here some things I have learned in this process, which is of course ongoing. Despite how far I/we have come, we have a long way to go in the quest to liberate all who wish to be liberated from psychiatry. Despite the emails I’ve gotten from people telling me that my blog has completely changed their outlook on life and even some that say my writing saved their life, there are many more people for whom all of these ideas are great but the reality of actually going through withdrawal feels impossible.

  1. No one gets on psychiatric drugs with informed consent. No one is given lots of accessible, safe options and honesty about where their diagnosis came from and how arbitrary it is, with a good serving of social criticism mixed in, and still chooses to take psychiatric drugs. People take them out of desperation. It’s an inherently manipulative process that doesn’t offer alternatives that are accessible and socially acceptable.
  2. The process of withdrawal and all of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing that go along with it takes a lot longer than most people expect or want it to. It is bootcamp on all levels. For those who come through to the other side, there can be a sense of death and rebirth of a whole new self.
  3. Many people don’t have the resources to pay out of pocket for the support they need to go through this extensive and expensive process. The pharmaceutical companies should be liable for this as they create this high cost for recovery from their harm and medical malpractice. Since they don’t take responsibility for their harm, the extra burden is on the rest of us. I’ve been criticized by people on the internet who don’t know me for charging too much when I was scraping by myself and spending my free time voluntarily sharing the best of my knowledge and awareness to help those in this struggle. This is the poor logic of criticizing down the social totem pole rather than up. Of course those whose health and lives have been destroyed by psychiatry and don’t have the resources and support they need to get off psych drugs are rightfully angry and upset.
  4. Many people don’t have the energy and motivation to change their health habits while in the throes of psychiatric harm and withdrawal. Changing one’s diet and lifestyle and adding in herbs, supplements and/or other supportive practices can be confusing and just too much to manage for many. Those who do have more money and social resources as well as knowledge about alternative health are most likely to succeed in coming off and staying off psychiatric drugs.
  5. Younger and healthier people with stronger constitutions have it a bit easier and may be more resilient.
  6. It’s still possible for those with the decks seemingly stacked against them, and having a strong conviction can make the difference. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” This does not mean that if someone is struggling it is their fault or due to a lack of will. Unfortunately psychiatric drugs have a way of dampening the will. The will for some has to come from something beyond themselves, like a higher calling. Sometimes things like destiny and mystery are at play and we can’t claim to always understand or scientifically evaluate why one person can get off and another can’t. We all have different life paths and to deny the mystery in that or try to define everything in linear cause and effect terms is a modern day control mechanism similar to psychiatry itself. Like life itself, there are disparities and unfair things we can’t always explain.
  7. Those who have come off psychiatric drugs tend to want to help others do the same. Almost all of the people I’ve worked with over the years have expressed this. Coming off, we gain so much knowledge about what helps that we have to share with others. It becomes a calling.
  8. You won’t necessarily get into liability issues for doing what I do. The first question most people ask me when I tell them what I do is about liability. I haven’t been sued or come even close to this. By not claiming to give medical advice and being clear that I am offering consultation based on personal and professional experience, the person I am talking to is free to do what they choose, including their own research and talking to doctors, naturopaths, etc. before making a decision. Maybe I am lucky to have never been sued, but I also believe that by being genuine and honest about what I do and don’t offer and listening to people, respecting their wishes and choices, the chances of being sued are pretty slim. If I had a lot more to lose, I might be more concerned.
  9. We need a lot more people doing this at different price points and with different business models, including grant funding and public funding as long as it can be done without loss of integrity. My business model is a simple fee per hour of consulting and then I offer tons of blogs, videos, audios, talks, a newsletter and an e-book for free on my website (and other blogs such as this one). Because I put in so much unpaid work behind the scenes and don’t have other consistent funding, my price for consultations isn’t super cheap. I do have substantially discounted packages and can sometimes offer sliding scale. I’m sure there are more efficient business models than the one I use, and I am always learning more. Just like drug withdrawal takes time, discovering a way to work takes time to develop. In both cases we are reinventing the wheel and doing the best we know at any given time within a broken system.
  10. There are many many people out there who can do things similar to what I do, and many more are needed. We need at least as many people helping those who want to come off psychiatric drugs as we have casually putting them on. I’ve started to train people in non-medically supporting those coming off psych drugs so I can list other practitioners on my website www.chayagrossberg.com, or they can create their own way of working. This is something I have started to do locally. There’s also an online training course in the works. Please contact me via my website if you are interested in one-on-one mentorship to learn how to do this or sign up for my newsletter to be informed when the online course is ready.

I’d love to hear your ideas about how we can support each other more in psychiatric drug withdrawal and how we can make that support more accessible, while retaining our integrity and staying healthy ourselves. I hope some of what I’ve learned and shared here can be useful to those coming off or supporting others in coming off psychiatric meds. The biggest thing I have learned and continue to learn is how much this is an unmet need for so many. And it is only going to get greater as both prescribing and knowledge about psychiatric drug dangers increase.

About the author

All of Us or None of Us: Chaya questions the idea that some of us are “mentally ill” and others of us are not. She shares lessons learned through coaching people coming off psychiatric drugs and/or looking for alternatives to taking them.

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Depression is a symptom of nutrient deficiency; treating it with drugs is not only ineffective but dangerous


Image: Depression is a symptom of nutrient deficiency; treating it with drugs is not only ineffective but dangerous

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Far too many people are suffering from depression in recent years leading to more people taking antidepressants than ever – with 13 million Americans taking such medications every day. At the same time, people’s diets have declined in quality significantly. While most people don’t tend to think that the two problems are related, some experts say that this is definitely not a coincidence.

It’s easy to see the connection between the poor modern Western diet and problems like obesity or diabetes because of the out-of-control sugar consumption, but depression is related more to what we’re not consuming than what we are.

For example, there is a lot of research showing the link between a Vitamin D deficiency and depression in people young and old. One study found that people whose vitamin D levels were considered deficient were twice as likely to experience depressive symptoms as those who were considered mildly deficient. That’s because the body uses vitamin D to regulate the enzymes needed for dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine production, hormones that are used to regulate your mood and stress as well as energy levels.

Depression is considered a sign of magnesium deficiency, and one Croatian study found that many people who had attempted suicide had dangerously low magnesium levels. A study from the University of Vermont, meanwhile, found that adults with mild to moderate depression noted significant improvements in their depression and anxiety after taking magnesium supplements for just two weeks. A reported 68 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended daily amount of magnesium, with 19 percent failing to even get half the necessary amount. This could well be playing a role in the rising depression numbers.

People with depression also have lower concentrations of the mineral zinc in their blood than those who do not have depression, and studies have shown that zinc supplementation can reverse that depression.

Antidepressants have a poor efficacy record

The nutrient connection explains why treating depression with drugs is so ineffective. It simply doesn’t address the underlying cause of many people’s depression. A new study from Zurich University of Applied Sciences concluded that “antidepressants are largely ineffective and potentially harmful,” and it’s one of many studies pointing to the unacceptable track record of these medications.

Making matters worse is the fact that using these drugs over the long term raises a person’s chances of having a relapse of depressive episodes. Then there’s the higher risk of suicide. It’s hard to imagine a worse side effect than that, until you realize just how many mass shooting perpetrators in recent years had been taking antidepressants.

A big part of the problem is that doctors are far too quick to prescribe these drugs, and many patients specifically request them in hopes of an easy fix. It’s understandable that those who are depressed are eager to find themselves in a better frame of mind, but correcting nutritional deficiencies is truly just as easy, and it doesn’t come with any side effects.

Better yet, ensuring you’re getting enough of the nutrients your body needs actually improves your overall health, not just depression, so it’s a win-win situation. While studies have shown that supplementing with vitamin D, zinc and magnesium can all effectively address depression, you can also get these nutrients through your diet. Oysters, cashews, crab, and beef are all considered good sources of zinc, while you can get a magnesium boost from foods like spinach, almonds, Swiss chard, pumpkin seeds, almonds and dark chocolate.

Vitamin D is perhaps the easiest deficiency to correct; you just need to spend some time outdoors without sunscreen to get your body to start producing more of it. The amount of time needed varies depending on your skin tone, the time of day, and your geographic location, but it could be as little as 10 minutes a day a few times per week.

For people with serious depression, it might be hard to believe that something as simple as getting more nutrients could make a difference, but you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying it.

Sources for this article include:

WakingTimes.com

NaturalNews.com

NaturalNews.com

PsychCentral.com

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Gut Microbes Are Vulnerable to Wide Range of Drugs






Gut Microbes Are Vulnerable to Wide Range of Drugs


April 8th, 2018

Via: Nature:

Anti-inflammatories, antipsychotics and cancer drugs are among a host of medications that might inadvertently slow the growth of gut bacteria.

Many antibiotics can upset digestion, but it has not been clear to what extent other types of drug affect the gut’s bacterial balance.

Athanasios Typas at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, and his colleagues tested the effect of 835 non-antibiotic drugs on 40 common gut bacteria. Roughly one-quarter of the drugs restrained the growth of at least one bacterium, and nearly 5% affected at least ten. The authors also found that patients taking these non-antibiotics often have side effects similar to those reported for antibiotics.















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World famous psychiatrist warns that increased use of psychiatric drugs will translate to more mass shootings


Image: World famous psychiatrist warns that increased use of psychiatric drugs will translate to more mass shootings

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The psychiatric/pharmaceutical drug industry is worth a staggering $80 billion a year in sales alone, and Washington is literally crawling with lobbyists who have seemingly bottomless pots of cash to smooth the regulatory path for drug manufacturers. This has led to a situation in which the politicians tasked with protecting some of the most vulnerable people in the nation – those with mental health issues – have adopted a “see no evil, hear no evil approach.” They happily look the other way as doctors and psychiatrists continue to prescribe antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs despite their dangerous side effects, which include mania, violence, psychosis and homicidal ideation (the desire to commit murder).

While many politicians focus on the gun debate when discussing the issue of mass shootings, what virtually none of them ever mention is the clearly established link between such mass homicides and psychiatric drugs. The mental health watchdog organization, CCHR International, recently reported that at least 36 school shootings or other school-related acts of violence were committed by people who were either on psychiatric drugs or withdrawing from them – which can be just as dangerous.

These acts of violence resulted in the deaths of 80 people and the wounding of a further 172. In addition, there have been many similar incidents where information regarding the mental health and psychiatric drug use of the killer/s was not made public, so the problem is likely far worse. (Related: Every mass shooting over the last 20 years has one thing in common, and it isn’t guns.)

Peter Breggin, a world-famous psychiatrist who has been called “the conscience of his profession,” recently warned that the side effects of psychiatric drugs are an “obvious prescription for violence.”

Last month, Waking Times published an excerpt from a column Dr. Breggin wrote for Mad in America, entitled, “Psychiatrist Says: More Psychiatry Means More Shootings:”

Not only do psychiatric drugs add to the risk of violence, but psychiatric treatment lulls the various authorities and the family into believing that the patient is now ‘under control’ and ‘less of a risk.’ Even the patient may think the drugs are helping, and continue to take them right up to the moment of violence.

Even when some of their patients signal with all their might that they are dangerous and need to be stopped, mental health providers are likely to give drugs, adding fuel to the heat of violent impulses, while assuming that their violence-inducing drugs will reduce the risk of serious aggression.

Business Insider reported that no less than 27 international drug regulatory agencies have issued warnings about the dangerous side effects of these drugs, and over 1,500 individual cases of “psychotropic drug-induced homicidal ideation” have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) MedWatch program.

The FDA admits that less than 10 percent of all the adverse effects of psychiatric drugs are actually reported to MedWatch. If one were to assume that five percent of all such effects are reported, a total of 30,600 instances of homicidal ideation/actual homicide could be linked directly to the use of psychiatric drugs.

One of the most shocking of all mass shooting incidents in which the shooter had a history of psychiatric drug use was the October 3, 2017 incident at the Las Vegas music festival, where shooter Stephen Paddock killed 59 people and wounded a further 500. It has subsequently emerged that the 64-year-old Paddock had been prescribed the dangerous mind-altering sedative-hypnotic drug, diazepam, which several studies have confirmed can cause “violence, aggression, homicidal ideation and suicide risk or attempts.”

Perhaps Jon Rappoport, writing for Waking Times, said it best when he noted:

The public is in the middle of a psychiatric plague. Learning the truth is the first step forward.

After that, we MUST preserve the right to refuse medication.

Freedom and life itself hang in the balance.

Read Psychiatry.news for more coverage of the mass psychiatric drugging of children.

Sources include:

WakingTimes.com

CCHRFlorida.org

Markets.BusinessInsider.com

CCHRInt.org

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Cop Mistakes Ashes of Man’s Dead Daughter for Drugs, Spills Them Out in His Car

Will County, Illinois – A heartbroken father is now devastated once again after the small vial he had that was filled with the ashes of his late daughter was used and then discarded by police officers who claimed it contained drugs during a traffic stop.

Anthony Butler lost his daughter, Mariah, when she was just 11 days old and she died from a congenital heart defect in 2014. He told Fox 32 that the only things he had left to remind him of her were a photo album and a small vial of her ashes that he wears every day.

Everything changed when Butler was pulled over by police for failing to have a front license place on his 2001 Chevy Blazer. He said he had recently purchased the car, and although it was registered, he was still waiting for the license plate. When he was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy, he expected a routine traffic stop and was prepared to accept a ticket.

Butler works as an auto mechanic and he told the Chicago Tribune that he took the pendant urn necklace off and hung it from the rearview mirror of his car earlier that day because he was working on his girlfriend’s car and he did not want it to get dirty.

The traffic stop occurred at 11:04 p.m. and Butler was issued two citations for failure to display a front license plate and failure to show proof of insurance. But then the deputy noticed the small vial of white powder hanging from Butler’s rearview mirror, and he claimed he thought it contained narcotics.

Deputy Chief Thomas Budde insisted that “the officer asked for and received consent to search the vehicle,” and then asked Butler if he could test a small amount of the substance inside of the vial to see if it contained drugs.

While conducting the search, the officer put Butler in handcuffs and forced him to wait in the back of the patrol car. Although failing to have a front license plate or proof of insurance may result in fines from the city, those offenses do not make Butler a dangerous criminal, and his conduct during the traffic stop does not indicate that he posed a threat to the sheriff’s deputy.

The officer tested the ashes to see if the white powdery substance was, in fact, narcotics and when the test came back negative, he let Butler go. However, it was when Butler returned to his car and he found the urn that he realized the mistake he had made by allowing the officer to search his car without protest.

It does not appear that Butler questioned the deputy as to whether he had a warrant to search the vehicle, or what he believed his probable cause was. This is a mistake made by many Americans who believe police officers have their best interest at heart, and they consent to searches because they know they are innocent and they want to show the officers that they are law-abiding citizens who have nothing to hide.

Butler did make it clear to the officer that the vial contained the ashes of his dead daughter, and he told the Tribune that he does not remember specifically giving consent for a field drug test on the ashes, but he does remember begging the officer not to dump them out.

When Butler returned to his car, he found the vial on the console between his front seats and the inner cap was missing from it. The outer cap was not secure, and as soon as he picked it up, the remains of his daughter’s ashes spilled out all over his car.

“When I picked up the remains, the bottom half just fell to the bottom of the console,” Butler told Fox 32. “Just the worst feeling in the world came over me, like, this isn’t happening.”

While Chief Budde insisted that the Body Cam footage—which has yet to be released—shows the unnamed sheriff’s deputy apologizing to Butler, the heartbroken father claimed that he did not receive an apology after the officer “took my last reason to get up in the morning.”

“Losing my daughter once was enough to kill most people. Losing my daughter twice…uncalled for,” Butler said.

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After Admitting Gun Bans Don’t Work, The Same People Think Killing You Over Drugs Will Be Effective

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When Democrats called for gun control last week, Republicans insisted that simply placing a “ban” on certain weapons would not stop mass shootings. This week, Republicans are coming out in support of President Trump’s plan to push for stricter punishments—including the death penalty—for drug dealers, proving that the “ban” on drugs has not worked and the false “left vs. right” paradigm is being used once again to create a hypocritical divide that will only lead to more government.

Democratic Reps. David Cicilline and Ted Deutch introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018 last month, which would make it “unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.”

Their direct target was the Armalite AR-15 rifle, which was reportedly used by suspected gunman Nickolas Cruz to shoot and kill 17 people at a high school in Florida on Feb. 14. While there were a number of other glaring factors that contributed to the attack, such as the psychotropic medication Cruz was taking, the dozens of calls to Cruz’s home that were ignored by police, and the multiple credible reports that were ignored by the FBI, the focus has instead been on the weapon Cruz used.

When the calls for a complete ban on “assault weapons” as politicians and the media have branded them, did not work, the focus shifted to pushing for an increase in the age requirement to purchase a gun.

Trump did show support for pushing for more government agencies to submit records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which would result in more individuals losing their Second Amendment rights for infractions unrelated to violence, and before they had ever had their day in court—a dangerous measure supported by both Democrats and Republicans.

However, Trump flip-flopped on his support for the Democrats’ idea of raising the age limit on gun purchases. On Twitter, he wrote, “On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).”

After refusing to support a ban on guns and a ban on 18-year-olds purchasing guns, knowing it would have little effect, Trump is now pushing for an increase on a ban that has failed miserably and has cost American taxpayers an exorbitant amount of money over the years—the ban on drugs.

Trump’s new plan to combat the opioid crisis—which arguably would not exist if the War on Drugs did not exist—will give more power to the police state and will include stricter punishments, which could go as far as approving the death penalty for drug dealers, according to a report from Politico.

The calls for stricter punishments for drug dealers are receiving the support of many Republicans who do not understand why the War on Drugs has failed or how it has corrupted the justice system.

“I haven’t looked at it relative to the president’s proposal, but I have looked at it over the years with the frustration that U.S. attorneys sometimes face where they can get a whole bunch of the henchmen for murder, but they can’t get the kingpin for something that’s more than you know, 20 years, 10 years, or less,” Republican Rep. Darrell Issa told the Weekly Standard.

Trump is also not the only one who supports the death penalty in drug cases—some members of Congress are actually considering it as a legitimate idea. Republican Rep. Chris Collins told Politico that he fully supports the idea.

I’m all in on the capital punishment side for those offenses that would warrant that,” Collins said. “Including drug cases. Yep.” 

The idea that a ban on guns would prevent all mass shootings is the same as the idea that a ban one drugs would prevent all future drug use. Citizens are not robots, and just because the government deems something “illegal” does not ensure that every individual will comply with the new laws. In fact, the ones who do comply and give up the guns they were using to protect their homes are often the ones who experience the most harm when the ones who do not comply come to rob them.

All Trump had to do was look at the state he considers his good friends in Saudi Arabia to see how ineffective killing people over drugs is.

As Drugabuse.com notes, the sale of drugs in Saudi Arabia almost always results in the death penalty. Saudi Arabia and judicial authorities are not inclined to make exceptions. Alcohol use is illegal in Saudi Arabia, and possession or use of alcohol or drugs can be punished by public flogging, fines, lengthy imprisonment, or death.

In spite of Saudi Arabia killing countless people for ingesting and selling substances deemed illegal by the state, an ever-expanding epidemic of drug addiction and overdoses currently grips the country.

Both Republicans and Democrats will attempt to persuade the public that they should ban guns or increase the ban on drugs because it keeps citizens safe and prevent deaths. But while they are busy using an emotional plea and trying to sell the public on the short-term results of their plans, they fail to mention the long-term consequences, which will result in citizens becoming less safe and having less freedom because they surrendered their most essential rights with the false belief that it would increase their safety.

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The Scary Connection Between Psychiatric Drugs And Violent Behaviour


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Recent mass shootings have sparked a heated debate about gun control, dividing many citizens into pro gun or anti gun camps. However, a little reported fact is the significant link between those committing the shootings and the use of psychiatric drugs.

A Brief History Of Psychiatric Drug Use

Mental illness disability rates have seen a 6 fold increase in the United States since 1955. This correlates with a heavy increase in psychiatric drug use which greatly increased in the 50s and 60s. The real psychiatric drug boom hit in 1988 when Prozac, came to the market, and now reports show that as much as 1 in 5 (1 in 4 women) have taken psychiatric drugs, with 1 in 6 frequently taking the drugs.

Do Psychiatric Drugs Work?

Most clinical trials on medication take place over a short period of time, and effectiveness over this time does not necessarily mean effectiveness in the long term. This is the point medical reporter and author of Anatomy of an Epidemic Robert Whitaker shared in a recent interview with The Huffington Post:

“The literature is remarkably consistent in the story it tells. Although psychiatric medications may be effective over the short term, they increase the likelihood that a person will become chronically ill over the long term. I was startled to see this picture emerge over and over again as I traced the long-term outcomes literature for schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and bipolar illness. In addition, the scientific literature shows that many patients treated for a milder problem will worsen in response to a drug— say have a manic episode after taking an antidepressant — and that can lead to a new and more severe diagnosis like bipolar disorder. That is a well-documented iatrogenic [physician caused illness] pathway that is helping to fuel the increase in the disability numbers. Now there may be various cultural factors contributing to the increase in the number of disabled mentally ill in our society. But the outcomes literature — and this really is a tragic story — clearly shows that our drug-based paradigm of care is a primary cause.”

Is There A Connection Between Violent Tendencies Psychiatric Drugs?

There is compelling evidence showing a link between Psychiatric Drugs and violent behaviour. Mental health watchdog CCHR International shared that:

Despite 27 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation, and dozens of high profile shootings/killings tied to psychiatric drug use, there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence.

At least 35 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 169 wounded and 79 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs).

Between 2004 and 2012, there have been 14,773 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system on psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects including: 1,531 cases of homicidal ideation/homicide, 3,287 cases of mania & 8,219 cases of aggression. Note:  The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.

Investigative Journalist Ben Swann covers this in his latest episode of Reality Check:

With debates roaring about pro gun and anti gun regulation, maybe we can switch the conversation to one that focuses more on the root cause of the problem of violence in America. A narrative which is heavily under reported on by the mainstream (old media). Please share this article.

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I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here

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