On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza (pictured above) fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members in a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut. He then took his own life by shooting himself in the head.
There's been a lot of debate surrounding the medications Lanza was taking prior to his killing spree. All we have is speculation and with speculation comes uncertainty.
Authorities have previously told the press that the autopsy investigation revealed no such substances in Lanza's body but never actually released the full toxicology report to back up their claims.
There is, of course, one way to end this speculation. Release his medical records.
Ablechild, a a national parents rights organization, founded in 2001 by Patricia Weathers and Sheila Matthews, have been trying to end such speculation. Their mission being Informed Consent.
On March 5 Ablechild hand delivered a letter to H. Wayne Carver II, M.D. requesting the immediate release of the complete autopsy report, toxicology report, and prescription drug history of Adam Lanza.
A fair enough request considering the indisputable link between psychiatric medication and school shootings and other homicidal events. However, Ablechild were denied access without cause, despite federal and state laws requiring transparency and disclosure.
They took their request further, right to the desk of Assistant Attorney General for Connecticut, Patrick B. Kwanashie.
Watch the following two minute video and you will see one of the most bizarre excuses littered with contradictions. Was Kwanashie's statement scripted? If it was it was a very poor delivery on his part.
Here's the video:
"No matter how the outcome of the use of antidepressants, or the causal link between the use of antidepressants and kind of violence that took place in Newtown, that's not a legitimate use of information, that information. You can't generalize just from one case. Even if you can conclusively establish that Adam Lanza - his murderous actions - were caused by antidepressants.
"You can't logically from that conclude that, you know, others would commit the same actions as a result of taking antidepressants. So it's simply not legitimate, and not only is it not the use to which they are proposing to put the information, not legitimate. It is harmful, because they you can cause a lot of people to stop taking their medications; stop cooperating with their treating physicians. Just because of the heinousness of what Adam Lanza did."
So, You can keep a toxicology report from the public because you are afraid the public will jump to conclusions?
What sort of legislation is that?
The full 1 hour 20 minute video of the hearing is even more bizarre. Kwanashie claims the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner does not have any records on Adam Lanza's prescription drugs because the police did not find any. He later claims that they cannot release the toxicology report because people might quit taking their meds.
Why would people stop taking their meds if a toxicology report showed no meds?
The video can be seen its entirety here.