Gun makers or Drug makers? Who should we be more afraid of?


One by one, more of Corporate America is shunning the National Rifle Association (NRA). There is a touch of irony, perhaps hypocrisy about these moves. For a long time it has served rental car agencies, United Airlines and credit card companies to show their support for the NRA as its membership base was credibly large that it was ‘good for business.’ Despite dozens of massacres after the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 why did they not shun the NRA in the last 19 years? Why didn’t the 14 gun massacres under Obama where Democrats had a majority in the House and Senate cause them to ban guns or automatic rifles period? Now all of a sudden corporates have woken up from their wistful slumber to realize that supporting the NRA may no longer be appropriate “in moving with the times”, the very phrase which is used to silence debate. In the process these corporates pillory all members of an association that in the overwhelming majority of cases are law abiding citizens.

Let’s make it clear. CM is no fan of guns. CM is a fan of laws. A fan of democracy that lets people vote on issues such as this. Changing the constitution is in most countries a matter for the people to decide, not just the handful of politicians within the walls of law making. CM doesn’t need a gun. CM doesn’t want a gun. CM, like most reading this can’t understand why one would want to massacre innocent people with a gun. However we’ve stated clearly that banning guns won’t fix the problem in America. One could easily drive a car through a school campus and mow down dozens of kids during play time. Do we ban cars? The two students who carried out the Columbine massacre had handgrenades, pipe bombs and propane time bombs. While guns were the sole cause of the 15 deaths, these kids had intended to murder 100s in the commons area with the bombs (which were made from everyday off the shelf items).

Although when United Airlines starts taking the moral high ground with respect to the NRA after its own scandals of heavy handedly frog marching passengers off its aircraft it isn’t worth listening to. If these corporates could openly say that running NRA discounts was not worth it on economic grounds in terms of the administration in running such programs one could understand. If they made rational decisions that showed their business would fall of a cliff by supporting the NRA one could understand. It hasn’t happened in 20 years, so why now? If one chooses to fly United for whatever reason (convenience, price, family emergency) will they stop flying it in fear of association with the NRA might be bad for their image? Does the average American, where there are as many guns as people, think ill of the NRA? 32% of US households own guns. Are 32% of households unhinged lunatics? Granted the NRA does itself  little favors in the PR department after such tragedies.

As we’ve written in recent days, the growing incidence of broken homes and the surge in the dispensing of antidepressants to ‘tranquilize’ those who might be tempted into suicidal or homicidal tendencies is a worrying trend. Pharma companies are expected to mint $17bn in antidepressants by 2020.  Should we spurn Eli Lilly’s over-the-counter drugs because they are the evil corporates milking billions from Prozac?

To put it into perspective the total number of overdose deaths involving heroin from 2002 to 2015 jumped 6.2-fold in the US. Automobiles killed around 32,000 people last year or a little over 2x that of heroin overdoses. When adding non-methadone opioids (illicit fentanyl) overdose that number surged to 20,000, a 33% YoY jump on 2014 and 5.9x 2002. Why is it happening? The problem for many prescription painkiller users is that once their bottle ends, the addiction doesn’t stop meaning many switch to heroin to get the same ‘opioid’ hit.

Excessive use of pain relievers make up a large proportion of illicit drug use. Oxycodone is one of the more common type of opiate pain killer and it is highly addictive. In 2010, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required the formulation of OxyContin be changed to make it harder to become addicted to. Talk about loading patients with too much ammunition.

As opioid overdoses rise, companies such as Adapt Pharma have seen sharp rises in the sales of products like Narcan (Naloxone) which basically revives victims from the dead. Narcan publicizes its price that is even insured meaning one can overdose and revive with a $10 co-payment.

94% of insured lives in the US have coverage for NARCAN® Nasal Spray*. According to IMS Health, nearly three quarters (74%) of prescriptions for NARCAN® Nasal Spray have a co-pay of $10 or less**. For those paying cash, ADAPT Pharma has partnered with retail pharmacies to reduce out of pocket costs (Retail is $62.50/dose)…To expand community access, NARCAN® Nasal Spray is available to all qualified group purchasers for $37.50 per 4mg dose ($75 per carton of 2 doses). This pricing is available for all Qualified Group Purchasers, such as first responders (EMS, Fire Department, Police), community organizations and Departments of Health, regardless of size. This pricing represents a 40% discount off the Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC) of $125 per carton.”

Price hikes have been a feature of naloxene. As of January 2015, Amphastar’s version of naloxone was up to $41 a dose, according to Fierce Pharma, a pharmaceutical industry news website. That follows a price increase from $17 to $33 a dose back in October 2014, according to data provided by Truven Health Analytics. So not only is volume spiking, so is price. Walgreens has expanded the availability of prescription-free naloxone to 33 states.

West Virginia health officials are responding to opioid overdoses by distributing more than 8,000 kits with Naloxone that can get people breathing again if administered in time. Money for the kits comes from a $1 million federal grant to West Virginia, which has had the nation’s highest rate of overdose deaths at 41.5/100,000 people.

Local emergency medical services agencies in West Virginia administered 4,186 doses of Naloxone in 2016, up from 3,351 the year before and 2,165 two years ago and that data doesn’t include uses by hospital emergency departments, urgent care centers, first responders and family members.

The gun industry in America is around $11 billion. 35,000 work in the manufacture of guns and ammo. There are 50,000 retailers in the US. 32% of American households possess a firearm. One-third. The federal government collects $132 million in taxes on guns. 17 million background checks for gun purchases are conducted annually.

By all means let’s have common sense debates on regulation surrounding guns. Sending memes of Republicans on the payroll of the NRA can be met with as many Democrats accepting fortunes from the pharmaceutical lobby so as to prevent price cuts being driven through Congress. While guns maybe noisy killers, pharmaceutical companies are  in a sense becoming (or already become) stealthy silent assassins. Their drugs causing patients to switch to harder substances. 13% of adolescents are on antidepressants. Thirteen percent. 68% of them have taken antidepressants for 2 years and a quarter for over a decade,

The tragedy of school shootings is awful in every conceivable way. How it tears families apart, destroys the lives of survivors who must cope with unspeakable trauma and creates a platform for such horrid knee jerk responses in all forms of media. How the loss of 17 lives takes a back seat to agendas which feed the very opposite of the intention they proclaim. Corporates joining the bandwagon only fuel mixed messaging. It is exactly the type of ‘shaming’ that was so prevalent at the time of the election.

Trying to get the NRA to come around to spreading the word amongst its members that banning bump stocks and certain weapons is feasible won’t occur when corporates and the media publicly kick them. It is never an easy discussion but it only makes members want to dig their trenches deeper. Do people honestly believe that all NRA members would reject common sense proposals about screening, age limits and certain weapons restrictions? Yet that is the picture that is painted. They’re lunatics to a man, woman and child. Let’s hope that United Airlines and others that have spurned the NRA now turn to the drugs list in the company health provider to ensure that those pharmaceutical companies behind so many of the deaths from the explosive concoctions they sell are dealt with in the same way. Here’s a prediction. That hasn’t crossed their minds. So much for pharma companies saving lives. They are cashing in as a growing number of patients check out.

Did you put on your bulletproof vest sweetheart?


Is this the next school uniform? As written yesterday, gun violence in US schools has been a problem for decades. Metal detectors have been installed at certain schools since the 1990s. Gun massacres have still occurred. The problem stems from a growing tide of broken homes and kids venting out. The Zero Hour documentary on the Columbine massacre reveals in chilling details how premeditated and well prepared (not to mention preventable) the attack was – propane bombs, pipe bombs, machine guns, pistols and even handgrenades. Perpetrator Eric Harris’s father called up the police on hearing of the shooting fearing his son maybe behind it. The police had received multiple enquiries from concerned parents over death threats Harris had made online to students yet chose to do nothing. Harris and Klebold openly documented their intent in videos and diaries. It is patently clear they wanted revenge for their subjective feelings of having had their esteem crushed by society, especially by more popular class mates. It is clear there were no role models trying to pull them back from the brink.

Still the ‘banning guns will solve it all’ solutions still avoid dealing with the real problem. The psychology of kids lost in a world where they feel outcasts. Feelings of rejection, loss and trodden on self esteem are shown to be time and time again to be a leading factor in kids picking up a weapon and seeking to right perceived wrongs. Many American high school kids drive to school. Can we envisage one deciding to drive a car on campus mowing down students at lunch time? Will banning cars be a solution?

What next? Will parents be decking out kids in bulletproof vests and hoping teachers who are incentived to arm themselves in the class room step up if all hell breaks loose? One wonders whether kids like Harris & Klebold would have been deterred by teachers packing heat. Even worse, SWAT snipers at a distance of 500 meters may not be able to determine at the time who are the ‘bad guys’. Even worse, how terrible it would be for a teacher to be tasked with ‘offing’ a student who he or she teaches in remedial maths class. One would hope the motivation of teachers is to want to educate students to get ahead rather than aim at their head. Or have things got so bad in some schools that such a remedy gets leant a sympathetic ear. Having armed security at schools is less and less a rare occurrence.

In 2015, about 3,000,000 teens ages 12 to 17 had had at least one major depressive episode over the year according to the Department of Health and Human Services. More than 2 million admitted they were experiencing depression in ways that impair daily function. The National Institute of Mental Health reported about 30% of girls and 20% of boys– some 6.3 million teens–have had an anxiety disorder.

A Seattle Children’s Hospital study tracked hashtags people use on Instagram to talk about self-harm. It noted a dramatic increase over the past two years. In 2014 researchers got 1.7 million search results for “#selfharmmm”. By 2015 that number had surged to over 2.4 million.

The American Psychological Association (APA) released a report several years ago during the school year saying that teens report their stress level is higher than levels reported by adults in the past month. Many teens admitted feeling overwhelmed (31%) and depressed or sad (30%) as a result of stress. More than one-third of teens report fatigue or feeling tired (36%).

Sales of antidepressant drugs is expected to be a $17bn industry in the US in 2020, up $3bn from 2015. The National Center of Health Statistics reports the prevalence of teenagers taking such drugs has grown to 13%, in 2015 up from 11% in 2008. 68% of people ages 12 and up said they had been taking their antidepressant for two years or more. A quarter who took antidepressants reported taking them for 10 years or more. Clinical depression affects about 16mn people in the U.S. and is estimated to cost the U.S. about $210 billion a year in productivity loss and health care.

Is this honestly seen as the best way to tackle a mental health crisis? Just dope up teenagers and hope they are comfortably numb so as to not want to do harm to themselves or others? It was shown that Harris had switched antidepressants which could have fueled not quelled his homicidal and suicidal tendencies. This isn’t about guns. It is about ignoring the elephant in the room – stressed out kids with no mentors or role models to coax them out of their problems.

In some respects, schools are only making it worse by pandering to safe spaces and enforcing trigger warnings. Instead of dealing with the psychological problems at source and proactively targeting attention starved kids growing up in broken homes by counselling them in ways to build self esteem and how to get on in the “real” world, the problem will only fester because irrational feelings of hopelessness will get reinforced by ignoring the real issue.

Tranquilizing people with mental issues by molly-coddling them is also the mantra in the world of identity politics. By muzzling people from speaking truths we only build barriers around effective solutions. That regulations around hurting people’s feelings are increasingly being enforced, is it any wonder we are growing a generation of victims who can pin the blame on irrelevant and unrelated things? Healing comes through listening and understanding by open and transparent dialogue. Not by banning it.

Will an hypothetical ban on guns prevent the growing trend of kids growing up in single-parent households (and all of the psychological data which shows clear evidence of a higher rate of delinquency in children) from committing  such terrible acts of violence because they have no access to firearms? Feelings of desperation will only lead them to find other ways of seeking their distorted view of attaining inner peace. More kids will die and at the end the exact same problems will manifest themselves again – what lead to the act? At least in this case, Parkland, Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz survived. Perhaps we will learn much more about the psychological timeline of him if the press can wake up for 5 minutes and stop trying to link the act purely to white supremacy because it fits a narrative.

Please don’t light up another monument to show you care about Nice. Terrorists aren’t moved & all it does is highlight our collective impotence.

Every time a terrorist event happens governments around the world think we must show our disgust and solidarity by lighting up national monuments. It is all bull. It does nothing. There isn’t a human being on the planet with a pulse who could possibly view the Nice attack as anything other than senseless tragedy. The futures of parents, children, grandparents, friends and colleagues get traumatised forever by such action. We naturally grieve for these poor souls. What does lighting up monuments show other than utter Western impotence? 8 attacks in 18 months in France. Think about it. Charlie Hebdo, Paris, stabbed policeman and wife, beheaded factory boss, Nice, the US soldiers that overpowered a nutcase with an Ak-47 on a train and so on.

In 2016 alone we have lit up monuments around the world to pray for Paris, Brussels Airport, Orlando, Turkey and now surely Nice too. I get why it is done. To show our moral virtue. The scums who killed or plan to kill are not impacted in the slightest by our signs of “love wins over hate.”  These animals that commit such atrocities don’t have a conscience. They don’t care if Sydney lights up the Opera House or people put “Je Suis (insert tragedy)” on their social media walls. They don’t care. They don’t share our values. Whether we like it or not, these people have no intention to be de-radicalised. Lighting monuments does nothing. Repeat, NOTHING. We don’t need symbols to show we are in agreement as we already are over this barbaric act. If these barbarians don’t want to share our values, we have no obligation to change them to integrate those that have no sense of appreciation or gratitude for any legal or social movement to accept them. Switzerland has the correct approach.

It is high time to stop this moral posturing. In fact the lights have been switched on so many times around the world already that people will eventually become immune to the point of the message. If the West chooses to do nothing, incumbent governments will get turfed for those that will do something. Right wing Front National party leader Marine Le Pen only gets stronger the more that French stop feeling safe in their own country, even if the perpetrators are French citizens (not confirmed). The only thing that will stop these bastards is strength. Zero tolerance. Violence is the only thing they understand. If you think peace, love, diversity and happiness will stop it  then you are kidding yourself. No-one (me included) really wants to have to put an end to this senseless violence in this way but given the options, there is no way to prevent more attacks unless these vermin are caught. It requires working with the moderate communities to weed this out. It isn’t us against them. They need our support to do it. Of course it is politically incorrect to signal “Radical Islam” and our politicians will virtually all skirt using the term but it is irrelevant whether these actions are false interpretations of the Quran or not or whether the majority of  Muslims aren’t like this, the perpetrators openly admit they do it in the name of their God. Maajid Nawaz wrote in the Telegraph after this attack

“So please stop denying the nature of jihadism. Please stop ignoring the narratives which drive these attacks. Instead of aiding extremists who insist Islam today is perfect, perhaps you should aid us beleaguered reformist Muslims who are attempting to address this crisis within Islam against all the odds.”

Most Germans in WW2 were peaceful people but they were the silent majority when millions were slain. Most Chinese were peaceful but 45mn were killed during the Great Leap Forward. The silent majority were irrelevant. Most Cambodians were peaceful people but Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge killed 3 million. The silent majority were irrelevant. Most Japanese were peaceful prior to WW2 but the Imperial Japanese Army murdered 12 million across Asia. The silent majority made no difference.

These terrorists are smart. They threatened to attack the Euro 2016 games yet nothing happened. On Bastille Day, the French let their g80 people senselessly murdered. This is a war on freedom. Is it right that France has 750 zones where the French rule of law no longer applies? How many more tragedies and lit up monuments are needed before action is properly taken? Somehow it will be when the very same hypocrites – that morally preen but shout down the voices that want action – have it hit closer to home when they finally demand action. That will sadly be a lot of body bags later.

However if these same people feel so strongly about senseless murder, why weren’t monuments lit up for 5 innocently slain Dallas Police officers the other week? Because it isn’t politically correct to do so? Makes you think of the double standards of the SJW.

Credibility vs. Credibility


I watched a video on Fox News which isn’t the most balanced to be sure especially when Hannity is presenting.

A former Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) agent has blown the whistle on deliberate actions after 2008 to delete the files on links of known terrorists. He claims the information in the databases showed links to terror cells and various mosques where both the San Bernadino and Orlando attackers were affiliated. Yet the DHS was ordered to delete the dots linking it all

Of course you need to keep an open mind as to the validity of the source to make the claim but on the other hand Obama is the High Priest of political correctness and the shenanigans with the DoJ Intentionally misleading the judicial system certainly should make you ask questions on both sides.


To the bleeding heart liberals from a gay man who thinks your pacifism is pointless


A very powerful speech from Milo Yiannopoulos (an openly gay man – like that should matter at all) on what he thinks of the bleeding heart liberals who openly think their views represent minority groups like his. His views are that all this peace and pacifism does nothing to deter the perpetrators of crimes against the LGBT community as I wrote earlier this week. From the 12th minute. Of course it is a highly emotive speech but he openly says the “politicians and media” don’t have your back.

Some of the statistics he speaks of coming out of Europe are rather disturbing. Of course the media think that an Iraqi refugee raping a 10 year old Austrian boy at a public pool because he hadn’t had sex in 4 months was not worth reporting on. When German women in Cologne are told by their own mayor that they should adopt a different dress code to avoid being molested after the sexual assaults were covered up you have a big problem. Similar stories of molestation in Sweden and other parts of Germany. To have radical clerics talk of killing gays being compassionate then I ask the same questions of those liberals who think ‘love and peace’ will win out?

Deeds not words


Deeds, not words. Seems it could have been even worse.

A Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan is being hailed as a hero for helping scores of people escape from an Orlando nightclub targeted by a terrorist.

When Imran Yousuf, a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub, heard the gunfire break out early Sunday morning, he told CBS News that recognized it immediately.

“You could just tell it was a high caliber,” said Yousuf, a former sergeant who just left the Marine Corps last month. That’s when his Marine Corps training kicked in, he said. He ran toward a locked door that people had huddled around, too terrified to move.

“I’m screaming ‘Open the door! Open the door!’” Yousuf told CBS. “And no one is moving because they are scared.

“There was only one choice — either we all stay there and we all die, or I could take the chance, and I jumped over to open that latch and we got everyone that we can out of there.”

By creating the exit, Yousuf estimated that about 70 people were able to get out of the nightclub safely.

Your FB friends list probably speaks more about your true tolerance than any political correctness ever could


I am pretty sure the overwhelming majority of the world looks at yesterday’s Orlando massacre and thinks it is without doubt a shocking act. There is no excuse for the slaying of innocents regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation or anything else. I think anyone with a pulse can grasp this. The grief their friends and families must be suffering is intolerable. Needless violence and I’m sure our collective hearts go out to them.

However around the world we light up national monuments, drape our walls with “Je Suis XXXX” and view this as ‘doing our bit’. Even our politicians use this idea that “appearing to care” is somehow acceptable.  One state premier’s FB page appealing to lighting a spire on the National Gallery had calls for him to become PM from his followers such was the self-adulation. Think back to Boko Haram and the kidnap of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls several years ago.  Michelle Obama & David Cameron held up #bringbackourgirls placards on Twitter and national television. If there was ever a sign of Western impotence this was it. How many people shared the message and clicked ‘Like’ to “show they cared”. Result – two years later all 276 girls are still in slavery. Appearing to be good was enough rather than doing anything about it.

However when ever debate about root causes is entertained to the same people who’ve done this social media moral preening all of a sudden the shutters go up and discussion closed down. You can’t have it both ways.

Sure all mass shootings haven’t been by radical Islamic terrorists. Anders Brevhik in Norway is one example. However when the bastard that murdered 50 people in a gay nightclub pledges allegiance to ISIS then why try to disguise his motive? If we want to stop such atrocities claiming to be done under the tenets of Islamic terrorism, we won’t stop it by our leaders fearing use of the “M” word when it is warranted. Of course most Muslims aren’t the sort of radical vile scum that kills gays in a nightclub and I’m sure they are as frustrated to be increasingly treated with suspicion because of the actions of a few. None of us benefit.

Therefore the media has a role to play to ensure there is decent opportunity to provide sincere condemnation from community leaders whatever their backgrounds and coordinated approaches to preventing repeats as a bare minimum. Gun control, exorbitant bullet taxes and other action should follow. Continually hiding behind walls of political correctness won’t solve anything. Yet that is all that seems to be happening. Is there any wonder more fringe groups are protesting because politicians have their blinkers on. You can pretty much guarantee that if the ‘discussions’ aren’t had then we’ll see what is happening across Europe. The rise and rise of right wing groups who give frustrated people a voice.

I took a look at my friends list on FB and noted I probably have most ethnicities, religions, races and sexual orientations including all of the LGBTs. Here is the thing. I have never really actively chosen them other than the content of their character. I am sure many others if they looked at their lists would show similar traits.

So why do so many continue to push so hard for “political correctness” to be enforced at every turn when our ‘friends lists’ probably preach more about our true underlying tolerance than what is often we ‘outwardly portrayed’ in making sure we don’t step on toes in public.