Republican House member adds another gun violence scapegoat to the list — porn

Republican House member adds another gun violence scapegoat to the list — porn

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) Republican Congress member and Tennessee gubernatorial hopeful Diane Black added another scapegoat to the gun violence list: porn. “I think it’s deterioration of family … violent movies … pornography,” Black said, as part of a discussion with ministers in Clarksville, Tennessee, last week, during which she touched on the rise in school shootings. Black also suggested that kids were using the internet in ways that could lead to violent behavior. “They are looking for something … maybe on the internet, maybe with a small group of friends, and they are going in the wrong direction,” she said, according to a recording published by HuffPost . Black didn’t explain how pornography leads to gun violence in her remarks. A spokesperson for her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Gun rights advocates have pointed to a number of issues in recent years to explain the root cause for firearms violence. Mental illness, violent video games, movies, and even music have all been blamed. Research is mixed on the extent to which some of these factors may be linked to school shootings. “Today I still cannot watch one of those violent movies where people are being blown up, because I’m not desensitized to that, I didn’t watch that when I was a kid,” Black said, adding, “I believe mental illness is something we have got to address.” There is a body of research, though, that has shown it is possible to reduce gun violence […]

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