Kentucky’s Republican governor says he’s heartbroken over a school shooting in Florida weeks after a similar shooting at a high school in his state.
Gov. Matt Bevin told talk radio hosts his heart is truly broken for the people of Florida and the community has been shattered in a similar way that Kentucky was in January. He said guns are not the reason for increase in school shootings, but blamed a culture that delegitimizes life through violent video games, TV shows and music lyrics.
Bevin called video games where people kill others “garbage” and said “it’s the same as pornography.” He said “freedom of speech” has been abused by allowing things that are “filthy and disgusting and have no redeemable value.”
In January, two days after the school shooting that left two students dead and 18 injured at Marshall County High School, Bevin posted a video on Facebook saying that violence depicted in the entertainment industry glorifies killing and has contributed to “a culture of death in America.”
“We are desensitizing young people to the actual tragic reality and permanency of death,” he said in that 11-minute statement. “This is a cultural problem.”
At the time, Bevin called on producers of movies, music, television shows and video games to be part of an effort to “figure out how to try to repair this fabric of America that’s getting shredded beyond recognition.”