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Diane Black: Porn Is ‘Big Part of the Root Cause’ in School Shootings

‘It’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store,’ Tennessee congresswoman says

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., is running for governor of Tennessee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., is running for governor of Tennessee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Diane Black said during her campaign for governor of Tennessee that pornography is a large reason for school shootings.

In an audio recording of Black speaking to pastors obtained by HuffPost, Black asks what is making students more violent.

She starts by asking why there has been more violence at schools and seems to say that it’s not because of guns.

“There are not any more guns,” she says in the recording. “I think it’s deterioration of the family.”

The congresswoman says that leads to kids looking for another outlet, including violent movies.

“Pornography,” she says. “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.”

The remarks were made at Safe Harbor in Clarksville, Tennessee.

“All of this is available without parental guidance. I think that is a big part of the root cause,” she says.

Black also says unwed parents are partially to blame for school shootings.

“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,” she says.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the Tennessee governor’s race Likely Republican.

Correction 11:20 a.m. | An earlier version of this story misquoted Black’s comment on unwed parents.

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