The stupid, it burns: Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin blames zombies on television for the epidemic of mass shootings plaguing the country.
In a radio interview with conservative talk show host Leland Conway, Bevin suggested that zombies on television, and not guns, were to blame for gun violence. The conservative Christian argued that new laws aren’t the solution to gun violence, instead the Republican blamed a “culture of death” in the media and popular culture.
In the interview Bevin said:
It starts with everything from the kind of entertainment that we focus on. What’s the most popular topic that seems to be in every cable television network… Television shows are all about, what? Zombies! I don’t get it… that’s what we are. We celebrate death.
When a culture is surrounded by, inundated by, rewards things that celebrate death, whether it is zombies in television shows, the number of abortions… there’s a thousand justifications for why we do this. Eventually some of those young minds are not going to be able to handle it, and this is what we’re hearing.
In other words, blame everything but the guns.
Reporting on the story, The Hill notes:
Bevin’s comments, which were first reported by The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., come a week after 12 people were killed by a gunman at a Southern California bar. The suspected killer, identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, is believed to have taken his own life.
This is not the first time Bevin has tried to shift the blame away from guns when it comes to mass shootings. Earlier this year, after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a public high school in Parkland, Florida, Bevin blamed violent video games, and not guns, for the tragedy.The fact is that Bevin, like many Republican politicians, is bought and paid for by the NRA.
Obviously blaming video games, or zombies on television, for gun violence is dishonest and asinine. If video games and zombies on television were responsible for mass shootings, we would see mass shootings in every country in the world. Yet this is not the case. Mass shootings are a uniquely American phenomenon, whereas zombies on television and video games are international, seen by individuals around the world.
Indeed, Bevin has a track record of idiocy. Previously Bevin suggested that prayer is a legitimate strategy for fighting crime, and made plans to establish “prayer patrols” to fight violent crime in the city of Louisville.
And when critics mocked his plan to fight crime with prayer patrols, the deluded Christian extremist threatened his critics with an eternity in Hell.
Bottom line: Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin blames zombies on television for mass shootings.