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KY Gov.: Mass Shootings Are Result Of ‘Culture,’ ‘Psychiatric Drugs,’ Lack Of Morals

drugs and broken homes. “We have to look at what has changed in society and not have a knee-jerk response that another rule and another regulation is the answer,” he said on Fox News last week. Kentucky is one of the top 10 states with the least ...

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Kentucky GovMatt Bevin (R) on Monday told President Donald Trump that a “culture of death,” “psychiatric drugs” and a lapse in morality are contributing to the increase in mass shootings in America.He also said guns are not to blame because “there have always been guns.” “This culture of death is becoming pervasive and if it’s not addressed by all the imperfect people in this room with a sense of purpose and sense of aspiration, I think we are going to see a continued trajectory that is not good,” he said during a governors meeting at the White House on Monday“There have always been guns in homes and fewer rulesIt isn’t to say that these rules and restrictions are necessarily bad, but what has changed is what we do or don’t do as it relates to acknowledging the value and dignity of every human life,” he continued“When you couple that with the number of psychiatric drugs that are increasingly systemic and have very severe warnings associated with them related to depression and suicidal thoughts, you put all these things in a mess and no one among us is bold enough or willing to step up and challenge of the fact that this is a problemThis is why it goes unchecked.”He then called on Trump and his fellow governors to “seize the opportunities” to call Americans “to higher action as it relates to our mores.”Monday was not the first time Bevin, a National Rifle Association-backed supporter of gun owners’ rights, has blamed mass shootings on cultural and moral issues, or on “psychiatric drugs.”Last month, after an armed student attacked a school in his state and killed two and injured 18, Bevin blamed violence in movies, video games and music lyrics for desensitizing young people to violence. During an interview on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” last week, Bevin made similar claims and said that since guns have been around for decades, blame shouldn’t be cast on weapons.“Fifty and one hundred years ago, children did not slaughter other children at schoolWhat has changed? It isn’t the gun,” he saidHe then blamed a number of other cultural forces for the uptick in school shootings: video games, music, movies, television, drugs and broken homes“We have to look at what has changed in society and not have a knee-jerk response that another rule and another regulation is the answer,” he said on Fox News last weekKentucky is one of the top 10 states with the least restrictive gun laws, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun ViolenceThe state does not require background checks for purchases, doesn’t license firearms owners and doesn’t regulate assault weapons  share tweet email (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer||""==referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = """&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_1a9f72"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); NEW & NOW FREE NEW & NOW FREE Ep#2: Josh Goes All In With Chris Hayes LISTEN NOW More Livewire 6 hours ago The Atlantic Publishes Campaign-Era Messages Between Wikileaks, Roger Stone 8 hours ago WaPo: At Least Four Countries Discussed How To ‘Manipulate’ Kushner 9 hours ago Reports: Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance Has Been DowngradedView All Comments window.DiscourseEmbed = { discourseUrl: document.location.protocol + '//forums.' + document.location.hostname + '/', featureId: "273172" }; NM.init({ widgetId: "i0hJH2iKn8FarF9NpBZ3zrgniP6JT8KViWoX1OXT", template: "NM07" }); MASTHEADclose Editor & Publisher: Josh Marshall Managing Editor: David Kurtz Senior Editor: Zachary Roth News Editor: David Taintor Editor at Large: John BJudis Investigations Desk: Tierney Sneed Sam Thielman Senior Political Correspondent: Cameron Joseph Reporters: Allegra Kirkland Alice Ollstein Newswriters: Nicole Lafond Caitlin MacNeal Matt Shuham Assistant Editor: Esme Cribb Front Page Editor: Summer Concepcion Social Media Editor: Cristina Cabrera Prime Editor: John Light General Manager & General Counsel: Millet Israeli Executive Publisher: Joe Ragazzo Head of Product: Derick Dirmaier Director of Technology: Matt Wozniak Publishing Associate: Jackie Wilhelm Developer: Jacob Harris Designer: Christine Frapech published since 2000 JOIN PRIME GIVE PRIMEaboutcontactcareersFAQadvertiseterms of usesite status send comments and news tips

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