Black cites violent films, porn as ‘root causes’ for school shootings

U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-Gallatin) speaks at a Republican event in Nashville on May 7, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Violent movies and pornography are causes for school shootings, Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black told ministers last week.

“Pornography. It’s available. 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,” Black said according to an audio recording  obtained by the Huffington Post. “All of this is available without parental guidance, and I think that is a big part of the root cause that we see so many young people that have mental illness caught in these places.”

 The congresswoman from Gallatin was speaking to ministers at Safe Harbor in Clarksville.  She said the “deterioration of the family” and and the lack of a good support system was causing children go go astray.

“What do they say about idle hands?” she said. “The devil’s workshop.”

Here is a full transcript of Black’s comments:

“Why is that happening? Why do we see kids being so violent? What’s out there? What makes them do that? Because, as a nurse, I go back to root cause. And I think it’s a couple things. I think it’s deterioration of the family. They don’t have the good support system, so they’re looking for something. And where are they looking areas — what do they say about idle hands? The devil’s workshop.

“So they’re looking for something maybe on the internet, maybe with a small group of friends, and they’re going in the wrong direction. Violent movies.  I mean today, I still cannot watch one of those violent movies where people are getting blown up. Because I’m not desensitized to that. I didn’t watch that when I was a kid.

“And now my grandchildren that are 15 and 16, they go watch those kind of movies, and I call my daughter. I am really concerned that they’re watching those movies and it doesn’t even make them go ooh. For me, I watch them, my husband wants me to sit down and watch some of those blow ’em up movies and I’m like I can’t do it. Because I’m so sensitized to that, because that’s not what I saw when I was a kid.

“Pornography. It’s available. 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, and I think that is a big part of the root cause that we see so many young people that have mental illness caught in these places.

“Every one of those school shootings, and I’ve read the details on them, go back to looking at that child and their friends can actually pinpoint a time when they saw the change in their behavior. This last young man, when it first came out the story was nobody saw anything that was evident there. And the more they dug into it, the more they interviewed kids, they said, yeah, we saw him where he wouldn’t sit with us at the lunch table. Then we saw where he wasn’t coming to school. Then we saw where he was wearing a long trench coat in hot weather. Those were all signs. Those were signs that something’s going on.

“So I believe mental illness is something we have got to address, we’ve got to address the family, we’ve got to find ways that even if we have a pregnancy where we don’t have both of the parents married, they still understand they’re a parent and what that mom was carrying is the most important thing they’ll ever even realize.”

6 Responses to Black cites violent films, porn as ‘root causes’ for school shootings

  • RBSanders says:

    Black needs to practice what she preaches. No, I do not advocate for her to perform in a thriller movie nor do I even like to imagine her as the next Stormy Daniels, her president’s favorite porn star, I do urge the delusional, self-serving, government contract pork fat wealthy republican to undergo mental health treatment. Mental health is touted as the root of all evils. Perhaps, it is for people like Black. However, millions of Americans suffer daily from anxiety, depression, learning disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and struggle to live a regular life and are responsible, upstanding citizens. Black’s words reflect not a mental illness but a manipulative, self-serving, lying attempt to secure higher political office. That falls under the category of immoral, evil. She is the greatest of all hypocrites. She is a danger. She wraps herself in the flag and thumps her bible purely for personal gain only

  • Pamela DeMatteo-Linn says:

    Diane Black thinks because she was once a nurse she knows everything. I am not impressed with her argument. The problem we have is too many guns and they are not kept out of the hands of young people who do not have the maturity to make good decisions.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    We have been batting this “root causes” issue around ad nauseum. Voters seem to like politicians doing that sort of thing so politicians are more than happy to accommodate them. We don’t have too many guns, guns are inanimate objects that do no harm. We have too many bad people who we allow to walk around after they have shown over and over again that they are bad persons.

    The charm of Diane as a tepid conservative is that even while she is flailing around for answers she doesn’t want to take guns away from law abiding people. That’s the kind of thing that will allow me to vote for Diane in the Republican Primary if the polls show she is most likely to defeat Randy!.

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    What irresponsible gibberish.

  • Dan Gilley, taxpaying citizen of Bradley County says:

    Out of the mouths of professional politicians comes nonsense like this! Appeal to the fear and ignorance of the masses and you get elected. These school shooters are genuinely ill and not under some kind of demonic influence brought on by video games or anything else. If this sack of wind truly wants to help prevent school shootings and other types of violence, she needs to examine what has become of our state’s mental health system. When we turn our jails into mental health institutions, and our public parks into group homes for the mentally ill, the problem will eventually reach all facets of society, and our schools are no exception. We need a governor with common sense, not political nonsense.

  • Bob Fischer says:

    Are the people of this state really stupid enough to buy into this garbage?

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