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Kirstie Alley defends herself against bullies after pointing to ‘common denominator’ in mass shooters

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Actress Kirstie Alley suggested that besides guns, the “common denominator in shooters” is the use of psychiatric drugs.

Alley unleashed a series of tweets apparently in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday that killed over 50 people and injured more than 500 others.

The avowed Scientologist then pointed to America’s “mass usage of psychiatric drugs” as a factor, seeming to blame gunman Stephen Paddock’s actions on prescription medication.

The 66 year-old “Cheers” actress sparked a backlash on social media for her comments.

Not one to back down, Alley responded to ABC reporter Derek Shore.

Paddock was reportedly prescribed an anti-anxiety medication four months before he opened fire on concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino before taking his own life.

The 64 year-old was prescribed 50 10-milligram diazepam tablets – also known as Valium – on June 21 by Las Vegas physician Steven Winkler, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It was not known if Paddock had any issues or why he was given the medication.

According to drugabuse.com: “Diazepam is a sedative-hypnotic drug in the class of drugs known as benzodizepines, which studies have shown can trigger aggressive behavior. Chronic use or abuse of sedatives such as diazepam can also trigger psychotic experiences.”

Alley, along with other celebrity Scientologists, like Tom Cruise, have previously spoken out against using psychiatric medications. Many Twitter users slammed the actress for her tweets which were seen as insensitive coming so soon after the massacre.

But the actress was not about to be bullied and reacted to many of the critics with responding tweets.

She followed up with a message of condolence and sympathy.

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Frieda Powers


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