I have had so many people asking me what I thought about Jared Loughner, I thought it would make a good blog for today. I had to think long and hard on this. The shooting in Tucson on that day affected me as I had met and talked with Gabby several times and I knew one of the dead. So this hit home for me on a very personal level.
A federal judge in Tucson, AZ has ruled that accused gunman Jared Loughner who killed six people and left thirteen wounded, including Gabrielle Gifford, is incompetent to stand trial. It was ruled last Wednesday that prison officials can force Loughner to take anti-psychotic drugs if they have determined he is a danger to himself or others in an administrative hearing. A Court of Appeals stated that Jared Loughner can’t be forced to take anti-psychotic medication.
Many people are outraged by this. I would ask people to be more outraged that US judges can constitutionally order controversial drugs to be given to a child over the opposition of his parents. If children are too active in school, or are simply being children, they can be medicated. Parents are medicating their children for fear of having them hauled away by Child Protective Services. In the UK Parents of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will face jail under proposals in the new Mental Health Bill if they refuse to drug their children, a psychiatrist has warned. In fact, here in the USA, there are some children who are normal who are on five psychiatric drugs and children as young as 5 year of age on antidepressants. (Peter Breggin; Toxic Psychiatry)
We should never force someone to take psychotic drugs against their will or their parents will. Now, as far as Jared Loughner, it is his strong desire and will not to take medications. He sounds pretty competent to me for making this decision. Therefore, it would make sense that he can now stand trial as he knows right from wrong and is able to make choices. We do not have to like his choice, but he has made a choice. It would be my hope that the courts see that he is able to make decisions and hold him accountable for his crime.
There are no "safe" psychiatric drugs. Each has numerous harmful short term and largely unknown long-term effects. Each psychiatric drug which was once heralded as the new "safe" wonder drug, was always eventually found to have severe harmful side effects, including addiction, and withdrawal symptoms, among others.
Psychiatric drugs obtain their result by causing brain dysfunction. Drugs such as Thorazine, a strong tranquilizer, creates a very similar effect to a lobotomy. It does this by disrupting frontal lobe nerve activity. Psychiatrists neglect to point out the potential harm of psychiatric drugs to their patients, such as tardive dyskinesia, tardive dementia, general dulling of awareness, sexual dysfunction, feeling suicidal. emotional numbing, and cognitive dysfunction. Side effects can occur in as high as 50% or more of patients, depending on the drug and dosages, and often the effects are permanent with no known cure.
So I am glad the courts have decided that drugs cannot be forced on ANYONE. Now as far as Jared Loughner, it would be my sincere hope that the court finds him capable and able to stand trial and make him accountable for his crimes.
For today, this is Dr. Tyler Woods saying walk in peace…