Saturday, December 15, 2012

Scientology Group Uses Mass Shootings

There's an "article" floating around by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, using mass shootings to say that psychiatric medication makes people into murderers; it's about the Aurora shooting last summer but it's circulating again with the one in Connecticut.  See if you can find the flaw in the logic: lots of school shooters are on psych meds. Therefore, psych meds make people into school shooters! (Hint: what would happen in a country with permissive gun laws and literally millions of people with psychosis without access to medical care?)

If you need further convincing, consider the source: CCHR is a Scientology front group. (I didn't know that until recently either.) Here's is the original article. If you see it on Facebook or elsewhere, please do medical care and critical thinking in the U.S. a favor and don't let Scientology use this tragedy for their gain, and point out the source.  Of course Scientology isn't the only religion producing offensive reactions.

What matters here, what we all want, is for these tragedies to happen less.  Here's an excellent round-up of actual peer-reviewed studies on gun violence and gun control research, as well as why and how peer-reviewed studies can fail to convince human beings, by Maggie Koerth-Baker at Boing Boing.

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