It’s porn

Days after the Parkland tragedy, republicans in Tallahassee debated about porn not assault weapons.


From the Miami Herald:


While Republicans blocked any discussion of assault weapons Tuesday, they did debate at length another bill that declares pornography to be a public health risk.
That bill (HB 157), a largely symbolic resolution, is sponsored by Spano, who chairs the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, the first committee assigned to hear the assault weapons ban.
“Porn is more important,” Smith told reporters. “Has anyone had to bury their child because of pornography? He [Spano] has made that a priority above gun violence. He needs to own that.”
Sigh
Sadly this way of thinking is not exclusive to the fever dreams of Tallahassee as other politicians in other states blame porn for school gun violence as well.
From the Washington Post:
Diane Black, who is running for governor of Tennessee, made the comments while speaking to a group of ministers during a “listening session” recently, according to HuffPost, which reported the story and included audio of the remarks.
The comment about pornography came as Black wondered what was driving some children to such violent ends.
“What makes them do that?” she said. “Because as a nurse, I go back to root causes.”
She then listed a couple of these root causes, which included pornography, as well as “deterioration of the family” and violence in movies.
“Pornography, it’s available, it’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store,” she said. “Yeah, you have to reach up to get it, but there’s pornography there. All of this is available without parental guidance. And I think that is a big part of the root cause.”
Sigh
Now republicans routinely blame just about everything under the sun for gun violence. I mean except guns that is. They blame violent movies and video games, mothers working heck in Santa Fe they even blamed doors.  
From the Washington Post:
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, an evangelical Christian and Republican former radio talk-show host who has been a strong proponent of expanding gun liberties in the state, spoke with a cadre of officials on Friday, pointing out that though Santa Fe High School had been given a safety award from the state and enjoyed the regular protection of two police officers, it still fell victim to horrific violence at the hands of an armed teenager.
So after recommending that parents lock their guns away, he identified a solution for what he framed as a central problem.
“We may have to look at the design of our schools moving forward and retrofitting schools that are already built. And what I mean by that is there are too many entrances and too many exits to our more than 8,000 campuses in Texas,” he said, citing security at office buildings and courthouses. “Had there been one single entrance possibly for every student, maybe he would have been stopped.”
Sigh
You know maybe we should start blaming porn for everything. Late for work, porn. Cat poops on the floor, porn. Get bad seats at the movies, porn. School shootings, where children are slaughtered, porn I mean it really works for everything right (sic)? Ugh, when did the country I love become a sad parody of itself?
Porn isn’t the only thing being blamed.
From the San Antonio Current: 
Porn: Rep. Diane Black, R.-Tenn., who also happens to be running for governor of her state, recently told a group of pastors that porn is a key reason people keep shooting up schools. (Of course, that suggests she’s aware of far kinkier smut than most of us have ever downloaded.) “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,” she said. “All of this is available without parental guidance. I think that is a big part of the root cause.”

Lack of Charter Schools: That’s right, if parents could just pull their kids out of public schools, they wouldn’t get shot! Or so seems to be the ass-backward logic behind a recent tweet by State Rep. Jonathan Strickland, R-Bedford, who said the state should give worried parents “as many different choices as possible” to keep their kids out of the firing line.

Video Games: “Psychologists and psychiatrists will tell you that students are desensitized to violence, have lost empathy for their victims by watching hours and hours of violent video games,” Patrick told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos during a weekend media tour to make sure everyone knows guns aren’t behind school shootings. Never mind that after years of research, there’s no scientific consensus that video games have a substantive influence on real-life violence. 

Abortion: Yep. Good ol’ Dan Patrick again. Ever eager to beat the culture-war drums like he’s some kind of Bible-thumping John Bonham, Danny Boy used his recent appearances on TV talk shows to blame abortion for school shootings, saying it desensitizes young people to loss of life. “We have 50 million abortions…” CNN quotes him as saying. “And we stand here and we wonder why this happens to certain students.” 

A Culture of Violence: Leave it to incoming NRA President and Iran-Contra bad boy Ollie North to come up with an ingeniously vague catch-all that covers everything else but the availability of guns to explain the recent carnage. “The problem that we’ve got is that we’re trying like the dickens to treat the symptom without treating the disease,” North told Fox News the Sunday after the shooting. “And the disease, in this case, isn’t the Second Amendment. The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence.”
Sigh.
If you think this blog sucked or was in bad taste, well porn.
If you want to see more things being blamed for gun violence in schools, I mean except guns that is, watch the video, you will laugh so much you will cry, or maybe you will just cry.


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