2018-05-20 22:11:35 UTC
The incoming NRA president, who once promoted a violent video game, also cited a
culture of violence.
Just two days after a young man opened fire on his classmates and teachers at a
high school in Santa Fe, Texas, the National Rifle Associations incoming
president, Oliver North, blamed Ritalin and a culture of violence.
On Fox News Sunday, the controversial Iran-Contra figure told host Chris
Wallace that the solution for the increasing number of school shootings ¯ there
have been 22 so far in 2018, by one count ¯ is not gun control.
Were trying like the dickens to treat the symptoms without treating the
disease, he said.
And the disease in this case isnt the Second Amendment. The disease is
youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence, he said. Theyve been
drugged in many cases. Nearly all of these perpetrators are male. ... Many of
these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten.
Norths comments on Sunday echoed those made by President Donald Trump after the
Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012. Following the shooting, Trump tweeted
about violent video games and the glorification of violence.
North, a retired Marine whose role in the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s made
him a household name, appeared in ads for the war-centered video game Call of
Duty: Black Ops II and has also worked as a consultant for the game.
Other prominent Republicans have blamed violent culture, and not lax gun laws,
in the wake of recent shootings, including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ohio
Gov. John Kasich.
North is due to start as NRA president in the coming weeks.