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In Washington, D.C. on Monday, Aaron Alexis gunned down twelve people. As if designed to preempt the scripted reactions of those who fight for an anemic interpretation of the Second Amendment, the Navy Yard massacre included no assault weapon. Alexis committed his crimes in a virtually gun-free zone. His background had been checked in order to gain the active security clearance he held prior to the shooting. While I’m usually game for a good discussion of the proper limits of the Second Amendment, that alone cannot sensibly be the focus here.
You know, Alexis was 34 years old, born in 1979, in grade school ten years later, just about the time that the use of “speed” (amphetamines) as a “treatment” for ADHD exploded into the treatment of the day, mostly for boys who acted like boys and horrified their female (or feminized) teachers.
The first is that, in the early 1990s, the Department of Education mandated the
states, and said, “Many of you have thought that ADHD was a thing you didn’t
have to worry about. But we’ve reviewed the evidence and the literature, we’ve
listened to parents, we’ve listened to the scientists, we’ve held congressional
hearings on this, and we’re convinced that this disorder fits under special
education law. And you can’t say to a parent, ‘It’s not our problem.’ It
is your problem. And so, be on notice that that’s our position.” . .
Anybody know if Alexis was one of those rowdy boys who found themselves dosed to the gills with amphetamines for years on end? Of course, we are told that there are no possible ill side effects from such treatments. Those amphatemines are legal, you see. Unlike the evil amphetamines sold on the street like “meth,” which make you crazy, insane, and hopelessly addicted with a single dose or two.