Pat Robertson blames antidepressants for Texas church massacre

Pat Robertson blames antidepressants for Texas church massacre

Robertson: "I hope and pray they don't politicize this thing and start talking about gun control and all that because it won't be necessary"

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From the November 6 edition of Christian Broadcasting Networks' The 700 Club:

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PAT ROBERTSON (HOST): Do we have a climate of death in this country? What isn't going on? We understand a lot of these shootings, the people involved have been taking antidepressant drugs, and that may well be the causative factor, but something is going on. Our CBN News national security correspondent Erik Rosales is with us, Erik, there are reports that the shooter turned to atheism and mocked believers. What do you know about him? 

ERIK ROSALES: Yeah, he certainly did, Pat. He was very outspoken of his atheistic views on Facebook and would often challenge people on Facebook is what we're being told. His former classmates describe him as an outcast, simply crazy, and just plain weird. They said that he would often be so outspoken about his atheistic views that he would often just turn people away.

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ROBERTSON: He's mentally unstable. But I hope and pray they don't politicize this thing and start talking about gun control and all that because it won't be necessary. But I do think there's got to be a thorough investigation into the effect of antidepressants on these [inaudible]. And they've been so many of these mass killings and almost every one, as I said before, has had some nexus to antidepressants. So, we need to see what we are giving people. But my goodness, our prayers are with those people from that small community in Texas. The worst shooting -- church shooting -- in the history of the United States of America.

Previously:

It's time to stop blaming mental health for mass shootings

After Las Vegas massacre, Laura Ingraham laments "secular humanism and progressivism" supplanting "virtue"

Fox & Friends host speculates that Las Vegas shooter's motive was that he "didn't have a god" 

After horrific casualties in Las Vegas, right-wing media say now is not the time to talk about gun violence

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Mental Health, Guns, Terrorism
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Christian Broadcasting Network
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Pat Robertson
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