- - Monday, October 16, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“The making of the Las Vegas murderer” (Web, Oct. 12) examines the possibility that the shooter was “radicalized.” Yet earlier, the FBI, lacking any perceived motive, was asking citizens for tips that might help them find a motive. I say anyone whose mind is deranged by certain drugs doesn’t need a motive. The shooter allegedly had a doctor who prescribed him Valium.

I have been studying these cases of mass shootings for some time. Valium struck a chord with me, as I recalled that it was Valium that was prescribed in the 1960s for fugitive William Bradford Bishop Jr., who is suspected of killing five of his family members in 1976. The Bishop killings were perhaps the first of the inexplicable killings that later became known as “mass murders,” including the Columbine High School shooting, the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting, and the Virginia Tech shooting. The perpetrators of all of these shootings had been on prescription drugs such as Valium or later derivatives. Ironically, the medical records of these men’s treatment have been kept sealed due to the pressure from liberals who insist that medical records must remain private.

I am certain that medically administered drugs will ultimately be found responsible for shootings by mentally deranged persons.

JOHN D.S. MUHLENBERG

Vienna, Va.

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