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WASHINGTON, DC — The incoming president of the National Rifle Association on Sunday blamed TV and movie violence, the ADHD drug Ritalin and a lack of participation in his group’s school-safety program for the nation’s epidemic of school shootings — as he pledged to double the size of his organization.
“The problem that we got is we are trying like the dickens to treat the symptom without treating the disease,” Oliver North told “Fox News Sunday.” “The disease in this case isn’t the Second Amendment. The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence.
“They have been drugged in many cases. Nearly all of these perpetrators are male, and they are young teenagers in most cases. And they’ve come through a culture where violence is commonplace. All we need to do is turn on a TV, go to a movie.”
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North also argued that the shooting may not have happened had the school taken part in the NRA’s School Shield safety program, which helps schools assess ways to “harden,” or beef up the security at, campus entrances, including through the use of metal detectors.
“If School Shield had been in place in Santa Fe High School, it’s far less likely that [Friday’s shooting] would have happened,” said North, best known for his role in the infamous Iran-Contra Affair in the 1980s.
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