This article contains descriptions of gun violence.
This week, a teacher on TikTok went viral for saying it’s easier to buy a gun than fill out her Adderall prescription. TikTok has sparked controversy in its comments section on gun control and reform following several recent mass shootings.
The video was posted by Randi (@randipandy_), a TikToker with over 16,000 followers who makes videos about her experiences as a high school teacher in Tennessee. Since the recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the TikToker has made several videos calling for gun reform.
“I just want to announce that I have to go through more steps to fill up and pick up my Adderall prescription than if I wanted to buy a gun,” the TikToker says in a recent video.
@randipandy_ There is absolutely nothing wrong with this #Observation #adderral #enoughisenough #makeitmakesense #tennessee ♬ original sound – Randi
Adderall, a stimulant commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is considered a Schedule II controlled substance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, also known as a drug that has a high Likelihood of psychological or physical addiction exists and is therefore heavily regulated by the government.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health, all Tennessee health care physicians must review a “Controlled Substance Monitoring Database” to track substance use history before prescribing Adderall to a patient. Each new prescription for the first 90 days of use must be entered into the database, and every 6 months thereafter patient information must be re-examined and entered into the database.
Because Adderall is a Schedule II controlled substance, it cannot be “refilled,” and federal law requires new prescriptions to be written at least every six months. However, most states require patients to personally visit a doctor every 30 to 90 days to receive a new prescription.
In comparison, federal law requires only licensed firearms dealers, but not private sellers, to conduct an initial background check on gun buyers before selling them guns. This creates a loophole for unlicensed sellers at gun shows or online to sell guns to those with felonies, restraining orders, or other prohibited backgrounds to purchase guns – no background check required.
Tennessee does not require a license to purchase a gun and does not require individuals to register their guns. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the only step residents must take to purchase a gun is a background check prior to purchasing a gun, and only at licensed stores. Open carry is also legal and does not require a permit.
The viral TikTok sparked a debate about gun control in the United States in its comments section. Many users agreed that getting a gun is easier than getting a new Adderall recipe.
“I’ve bought both and can attest that getting one gun is easier than getting my refill, which I’ve had for 20 years,” agreed one user.
Some users also shared their similar experiences having difficulties getting Adderall.
“Being treated like a criminal because my brain works differently is EXHAUSTING,” lamented one person.
However, others clashed with TikToker over their claim that getting Adderall was harder than getting a gun.
“Interesting. I just call my doctor and then go to the pharmacy as soon as they tell me it’s stocked,” claimed one user.
“You get a background check every time you get a prescription?” another criticized.
“Drug test, meeting/examination, background and history, ID check, often insurance questions, speaking to the pharmacist, etc.”, the TikToker replied.
In a follow-up video, the TikToker clarifies the point of her video and addresses some of the negative comments she received.
“It should be harder to get a gun than Adderall. I’ve seen so many comments that were like, “Do you even own a gun? Do you know what the requirements are? Whatever, whatever.’ My dad was a gun safety instructor growing up,” the TikToker shared. “I know what I’m talking about.”
“There have been several mass shootings in recent weeks and people have been killed because 18-year-olds were given access to a gun when they shouldn’t have,” the TikToker continues.
So far in 2022, the United States has witnessed around 246 mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive. There have been over 48 mass shootings since May — including a racially motivated shooting that killed 10 people at a Buffalo grocery store and a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 students and 2 teachers. The Robb Elementary School shooter legally bought two rifles as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition just after his 18th birthday.
In another follow-up video, TikToker Randi pleads for gun reform after mass shootings.
“I can’t express my feelings properly because I’m so angry. Angry that these parents can never graduate high school for their kids. Angry that teachers are risking their lives. … There has to be some fun reform, period. Something must, must be done,” the TikToker pleaded.
The Daily Dot reached out to @randipandy_ via TikTok comment and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via email.
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*Initial publication: June 6, 2022 at 3:37 pm CDT
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