Republican Rep. Diane Black, who is running for governor of Tennessee, said pornography is contributing a “big part” of what is driving the spike in school shootings.
In an audio clip obtained by HuffPost, Black can be heard lamenting to a congregation of local pastors during their last week’s meeting. She raised the issue of gun violence in schools, why it keeps happening, and how the country’s youth are “going in the wrong direction.”
“There are not any more guns but why does this keep happening?” Black questioned, pointing out “kids being violent.”
“Pornography,” she said. “It’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store. Yeah, you have to reach up to get it, but there’s pornography there. All of this is available without parental guidance. I think that is a big part of the root cause.”
The 67-year-old did not clarify what it is about porn that leads to school massacres. Her congressional spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Aside from naughty movies, she also added that school shootings are becoming rampant because of the “deterioration of the family,” mental illness, and violent movies. She complained how teenagers – like her grandchildren – can access the internet easily to watch violent movies, which she herself cannot even watch.
“I still cannot watch one of those violent, blow ’em up movies because I am too sensitized,” she said. As a result, she argues that American teenagers have changed and become more violent.
There have been 23 such shootings this year on the campuses of K-12 schools or colleges (that’s 1 a week). Among these K-12 schools, nine involved a gun being discharged and people being injured or killed.
“Every one of these school shootings, and I’ve read the details on them, go back to looking at that child and their friends can actually pinpoint the time they saw a change in behavior,” she said.
But according to experts, the primary drivers of gun violence include poor social, economic and cultural conditions. Improving the policies and reducing access to firearms would stop mass shootings.
These actions are “far more effective than all the police, doctors and hospitals combined, and intervening only after tragedies have struck,” said professors Bandy Lee of Yale University and James Gilligan of New York University, both experts on violence.