Things blamed for the deadly Texas school shooting: Ritalin. Abortion. The media. Schools. And doors.

Things blamed for the deadly Texas school shooting: Ritalin. Abortion. The media. Schools. And doors.

A Texas state trooper barricades an entrance at Santa Fe High School, where a gunman killed 10 people last week. (Matt Patterson/European Pressphoto Agency/Shutterstock) Another school shooting has prompted yet another debate, the same intractable split about a statistic that has made the United States an outlier compared to other countries: the high number of mass shootings per capita. Study after study analyzing mass shootings both within the United States and in comparison to other countries demonstrates that the single most important variable is the high number of guns in the country, according to the New York Times . Yet after the high school shooting in Sante Fe, Tex., left 10 people dead last week, the National Rifle Association and some other conservatives have offered a host of reasons for the violence, none of which involve the weapons. [ The best available evidence suggests NRA-backed gun policies are making crime worse ] Here are some of the problems they spotlighted for blame, followed by what data has shown. The media The spokeswoman for National Rifle Association, Dana Loesch blamed the media for the shooting, in part. “The media has got to stop creating more of these monsters by oversaturation,” Loesch said on the NRA’s television station. “I’m not saying don’t responsibly report on things as they happen. Look, I understand it. But constantly showing the image of the murderer, constantly saying their name, is completely unnecessary.” Loesch’s criticism echoed a debate that has been going on for years to […]

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