I’m a big fan of Ignatius Piazza, owner of Parhump, Nevada’s Frontsight Firearms Training Institute and World Champion emailer! I train at his facility at least once a year and read his emails regularly (well, many of them, he sends a ton!)
On Monday he predicted that authorities would find that Stephen Paddock had psych medications in his blood. He claims that these medications cause the patient to turn killer in certain cases. He says it’s not the guns it’s the medications.
Lo, and behold! From FOX News/AP:
Stephen Paddock, the gunman who opened fire on a crowd at a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The paper, citing records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program, reported Tuesday that Paddock was prescribed 50, 10-milligram diazepam tablets by a physician on June 21. The brand name of the drug is Valium. The report said the drug could trigger aggressive behavior.
Authorities investigating the mass killing may look to a “psychological autopsy” to try to uncover what led Paddock to open fire into a crowd at a country music concert.
Jim Clemente, a retired FBI profiler, said in an interview that if Paddock’s suicide did not destroy his brain, experts could find some kind of neurological disorder or malformation.
“The genetics load the gun, personality and psychology aim it, and experiences pull the trigger, typically,” Clemente said. He pointed out that Paddock’s father — a bank robber — was diagnosed a psychopath.
Clemente speculated that there was “some sort of major trigger in his life — a great loss, a breakup, or maybe he just found out he has a terminal disease.”…
…Paddock had no known criminal record, and public records showed no signs of financial troubles, though he was said to be a big gambler.
His brother, Eric Paddock, said he was at a loss to explain the massacre. “No affiliation, no religion, no politics. He never cared about any of that stuff,” the brother said outside his Florida home.
Check out more from Ignatius here.
Side effects of Valium/Diazepam
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking diazepam:
- Shakiness and unsteady walk
- unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination
Incidence not known
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- black, tarry stools
- blistering, flaking, or peeling of the skin
- blurred vision
- changes in patterns and rhythms of speech
- dark urine
- decrease in the frequency of urination
- decrease in urine volume
- difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- false beliefs that cannot be changed by facts
- fast heartbeat
- fast or irregular breathing
- feeling sad or empty
- feeling that others are watching you or controlling your behavior
- feeling that others can hear your thoughts
- feeling, seeing, or hearing things that are not there
- increased muscle spasms or tone
- itching or rash
- lack of memory of what takes place after a certain event
- loss of appetite
- loss of bladder control
- loss of interest or pleasure
- lower back or side pain
- outbursts of anger
- painful or difficult urination
- pale skin
- slurred speech
- sore throat
- trouble concentrating
- trouble sleeping
- trouble speaking
- ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
- unpleasant breath odor
- unusual behavior
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusual feeling of excitement
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- vomiting of blood
- yellow eyes or skin