Prescription Drugs Kill 6200% More People than Homicidal Shootings Every Year

Yet the urban liberal elite aren’t clamoring to cut off supplies of Xanax, Oxycontin and other dangerous, addictive drugs. Of course the meaningless urbanized existence relies on chronic drug use to keep people from figuring out that living in unsustainable cities, and basing an entire economy around catering to city dwellers who produce nothing, is morally wrong.

Mike Adams, the “health ranger” at Natural News wrote this excellent article pointing out the absurdity of our modern culture especially when it comes to outrage over gun violence:

In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado Batman movie theater shooting, President Obama chimed in on the gun control debate yesterday, saying, “Every day, the number of young people we lose to violence is about the same as the number of people we lost in that movie theater. For every Columbine or Virginia Tech, there are dozens gunned down on the streets of Chicago or Atlanta…”

What he didn’t say, however, is that every day 290 people are killed by FDA-approved prescription drugs, and that’s the conservative number published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

As no one seems to believe these numbers are real, I’ll quote the source: The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000, authored by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

That study, which is twelve years old — and drug deaths have risen considerably since then — documents 106,000 deaths per year from the “adverse effects” of FDA-approved prescription medications.

To reach this number from outbreaks of violent shootings, you’d have to see an Aurora Colorado Batman movie massacre take place every HOUR of every day, 365 days a year.

If a massacre of people using slugs of lead is bad, why is a massacre of people using deadly chemicals perfectly acceptable?

To be sure some of the article is crazed hippydom that even a cranky newly minted crunchy-con like me finds hard to take but his point is a good one. I’m not seeing much from people on the epidemic of oxy addicts turned loose on our streets – enabled by pill pushing doctors who write out scripts for powerful, addictive narcotics at the drop of a hat. That’s way more dangerous than my guns.


The Death of Grown Up: Park Slope Edition

Ever wonder how we produced the OWS movement? I don’t mean the communist or radicals, I mean just in general how we produced a generation of people who don’t understand why you won’t give them what they want, why they can’t camp on your lawn indefinitely, why even though they’re committing crimes and harassing people you aren’t being nice to them? Here’s why:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Who doesn’t like the ice cream truck? Apparently some parents in Park Slope.

Dozens of recent comments on a Park Slope parents message blog said ice cream vendors need to leave the area, especially places around the playgrounds and parks, to help avoid afternoon meltdowns and temper tantrums from children craving frozen treats.

“Go somewhere else, go on another corner because…it does make it too tempting for them,” Debbie Markovic said Monday as her lactose-intolerant daughter begged for ice cream.

Park Slope, for those of you who don’t know, is a very rich section of Brooklyn populated mostly by the elite of the area. It is predominantly wealthy, snobbish liberals and their hipster children who live there.

And the people that live there are the kind of people who want to ban ice cream trucks from entering their rarefied Obamunist ghetto than tell their children “no” and be done with it. Think about that for a second.

What lesson does the daughter of Debbie Markovic internalize here? That it’s other people who must deprive themselves of making a living or indulging in one of life’s simple pleasures so that she doesn’t have to be discomforted? Is she being taught that if she can’t have something due to her individual condition it is acceptable that other people be denied as well? Is she learning that her problems can be solved by inflicting them on everyone else?

Obviously. And doesn’t that sound familiar?

Diana West wrote an excellent book called The Death of Grown Up: How America’s Arrested Development is Bring Down Western Civilization that seems more like prophecy than social critique. She argues that our nation of eternal adolescents cannot hold up the West – and in OWS we see she’s right. Debbie Markovic, a petulant child herself, is raising the next generation of OWS who will proudly hold up a sign demanding that the government ban ice cream, that scourge of the lactose intolerant. That it’s simply her responsibility to avoid things she can’t handle never will occur to her.

She would need a grown up in her life to teach her that.