The one and only aspect of Red Flag Laws that makes sense is people on SSRI medications should be prohibited from possession of firearms because almost all of the mass shooters were on this one class of anti-depressants! What we have found over years of professional practice is that people who take SSRI’s lose the ability to attach to others normally. That is, THEY LACK THE CAPACITY TO LOVE.
It appears to us in professional practice that those unfortunate souls were deprived of the capacity to love over time. Common professional practice maintains that patients remain on the SSRI’s for life and I do not think this is wise.
With the preceding tricylclics the common recommendation was “a trial period of medication of not less than six months and no more than one year.” Why? Because tricyclic anti-depressants were addicting and they were dangerous as they could be lethal and many patients used them to overdose and commit suicide.
When SSRI’s came about they were considered a godsend because tricyclics were on the verge of being declared addicting. And Big Pharma could not have that! Sadly, SSRI’s demonstrated early on that they exacerbated suicidality and after 554 Prozac induced suicides I stopped counting. We hypothezised that Prozac gave them the lift (stimulation) that they needed to commit suicide.
SSRI’s were a scam! With 90% of the seratonergic system in the gut, in the enteric nervous system, what we found was devastating! Cell walls were made more insulin resistant which led to an increase in insulin and in diabetes. We found that the patients lost their sense of satiation, of feeling full so that could not stop eating. As a consequence patients overate causing obesity and a drastic increase in diabetes mellitus.
Perhaps professional practice standards need to be updated to recommending that SSRI medications be limited to one year of use. Moreover, it should be studied in order to determine a threshold at which after so many years of use one loses their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
I suggest there be a one year cut off. If a person has not addressed their depression in therapy successfully within one year of SSRI usage and they are going to continue on SSRI drugs beyond one year, then they should surrender their right to possess firearms.
What we have found is that long term use of SSRI’s causes a permanent chemical imbalance and it becomes very difficult for a person to quit using SSRI’s. It is not so much an addiction as it is a dependency that is extremely hard to give up without going through a lot of pain and panic. People ceasing SSRI’s immediately without tapering off that medication slowly experience all sorts of withdrawal and discontinuation effects including an upsurge in suicidal ideation and perhaps even homicidal ideation.
This is the only positive aspect of the Red Flag laws which I endorse for consideration.