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‘Psychiatric Drugs’ for Depression – Not Guns – Are to Blame for Mass Shootings Says Tea Party Governor

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Antidepressants That ‘Have Very Severe Warnings Associated With Them Related to Depression and Suicidal Thoughts’ Are to Blame Says Matt Bevin

Kentucky Tea Party Republican Governor Matt Bevin is claiming the cause of America’s gun violence and mass shooting pandemic is antidepressants. In what is being billed as a “business meeting” between Democratic and Republican governors and President Trump, Governor Bevin on Monday shared his beliefs on the gun crisis.

Bevin, who has been strongly supported by the NRA, told his fellow governors and President Trump the way to start fixing the gun violence problem is to “seize the bully pulpits that we have to talk abut the culture in this society.”

“I would challenge those in the media who would want to mock and ridicule this,” Bevin continued, saying that America was built on the “foundational principles” of treating “people the way you’d want to be treated, you respect human life, you respect the dignity of women, and children, and people who we have increasingly degraded in our society.”

While all those ideals are important, in no way was America founded on those principles. America was founded through the genocide of Native Americans, while women were not allowed to vote, and children were allowed to work in factories at very early ages. 

“This culture of death is becoming pervasive and if it’s not addressed by all the imperfect people in this room with a sense of purpose and sense of aspiration, I think we are going to see a continued trajectory that is not good,” Bevin said, as Talking Points Memo reports.

“There have always been guns in homes and fewer rules,” he continued, as the president shook his head in agreement. “It isn’t to say that these rules and restrictions are necessarily bad, but what has changed is what we do or don’t do as it relates to acknowledging the value and dignity of every human life,” Bevin insisted.

“When you couple that with the number of psychiatric drugs that are increasingly systemic and have very severe warnings associated with them related to depression and suicidal thoughts, you put all these things in a mess and no one among us is bold enough or willing to step up and challenge of the fact that this is a problem. This is why it goes unchecked.”

Pat Robertson in November wrongly blamed the Texas church massacre on anti-depressants, the same argument that Bevin is making. Unfortunately, neither has done their homework.

A study published in 2012 that looked at 14 years of data from the Netherlands found a significant negative association between violence and antidepressant use—that is, that when people took prescribed antidepressants, violence tended to decrease,” Newsweek reports.

Talking Points Memo notes that just last month, “after an armed student attacked a school in his state and killed two and injured 18, Bevin blamed violence in movies, video games and music lyrics for desensitizing young people to violence.”

Immediately after Bevin spoke President Trump also blamed mass shootings on violence in movies and video games.

Hat tip: Talking Points Memo

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Matt Schlapp Lashes Out at Critics of CPAC’s Nazi Symbol Stage Design

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The head of the Conservative Political Action Committee on Saturday attacked critics noting CPAC’s stage looks like a Nazi symbol.

Matt Schlapp made his denial after “Nazi” trended nationwide on Twitter as users discussed the stage looking like an Odal rune symbol.

Schlapp, however, did not apologize. Instead he said, “stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous.”

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Trump Is Making Noises About a 2024 Run to Get Rich Off the ‘Rubes’: Ex-White House Official

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President Donald Trump will be running for president for a third time in 2024, but the effort will be largely geared towards personal enrichment, a former official explained on Saturday.

MSNBC’s Alex Witt interviewed Anthony Scaramucci, who briefly served as Trump’s communications director in 2017.

“Is he going to run in 2024 or is this just a great excuse to fundraise?” Witt asked.

“I think it’s both,” Scaramucci replied. “I think he’s going to run in 2024, this is the most money he’s ever made — just imagine making $300 million off of these rubes that he’s coning after the election with his big lie. So he’ll run again in 2024.”

“Will he go to the finish line? Maybe not,” he continued. “There are 10 or 12 Republicans that see themselves as a future president. They’re going to try to find ways to undermine him, obviously Governor Nikki Haley already started that process, so I don’t know if he gets to the finish line, but why would he not run and raise money off the rubes that he’s raising money from?”

“Right, but if he runs, do you really think he doesn’t get the nomination?” Witt asked. “Today he would, there’s no doubt today he would get it.”

“I think it could get interrupted by the potential criminal investigations that are going on and the potential indictments, so if he runs and there are no indictments and I think he has a clear path to that nomination, and that’s why Sen. McConnell said ‘Of course I’m going to support him’ — which is even more levels of hypocrisy, but yes, he runs, he wins the nomination,” Scaramucci replied. “There is risk here, though, because of his potential tax fraud case and other cases — even the D.C. case related to the insurrection is a potential speed bump to him getting that nomination.”

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McCarthy Tries to Attack Dems for Passing Survival Checks Late at Night – It Does Not End Well

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went on Fox News on Friday to complain about a late-night vote to pass the next round of coronavirus stimulus.

McCarthy posted a clip of his appearance with a message attacking Democrats.

“Democrats just scheduled a vote for 2am tonight,” he complained. “They are so embarrassed by all the non-COVID waste in their bill that they are jamming it through in the dead of night.”

White House chief of staff Ron Klain responded to McCarthy’s complaints on Twitter.

“Democrats working late into the night to get you $1400 rescue checks; Republicans lining up to vote no,” he posted.

Polling shows Klain’s argument is resonating with voters — even Republicans.

“While Republicans in Congress have balked at the overall price tag for Biden’s proposed package, new Morning Consult/Politico pollingshows that the public — including Republican voters — overwhelmingly supports the legislation,” Morning Consult posted on Wednesday. “In the poll, which was conducted Feb. 19-22 among 2,013 registered voters and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points, 76 percent said they back the stimulus package, including 52 percent who said they ‘strongly’ support the bill. Only 17 percent of voters said they oppose it.”

“While Republicans offered the lowest amount of support, more than half of GOP voters still back the stimulus package at 60 percent. Thirty percent said they somewhat or strongly oppose the package,” the polling company noted.

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