Oliver North, the incoming president of the National Rifle Association, says that the focus on curbing gun rights is "treating the symptom" rather than the true cause of the school shooting epidemic: our "culture of violence," that, along with the potential dangers of behavior-influencing drugs like Ritalin, has resulted in a surge in school shootings by troubled young men.
North made the comments during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," in which he discussed the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas in which a male shooter killed 10 people and injured 13 others. In the interview, North defended the Second Amendment and called for a hard look at the root causes of school shootings, which have taken the lives of dozens of students in the last three months.
"The problem that we've got is we're trying like the dickens to treat the symptom without treating the disease," said North. "And the disease in this case isn't the Second Amendment. The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence.
"Nearly all of these perpetrators are male, and they're young teenagers in most cases, and they’ve come through a culture where violence is commonplace," he continued. "All we need to do is turn on a TV, go to a movie."
Also among the key factors resulting in the tragic spike in school shootings, he argued, is the prevalence of dangerous psychotropic medications, like Ritalin, which many of the shooters have used.
"If you look at what has happened to the young people, many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten," he said. "Now, I am certainly not a doctor; I'm a Marine. But I can see those kinds of things happening."
Among the preventative measures promoted by the NRA is arming some staff members and providing more training on proper response to shootings. Limiting the ways in which students can access a school to better monitor who goes in and out as well as the use of metal detectors are also among the recommendations of pro-Second Amendments advocates.
The NRA has come under increased fire following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February, after which student activists along with left-wing political groups ramped up pressure on politicians, companies and entities associated with the pro-Second Amendment group. As part of a backlash against the campaign against the NRA, the group saw a spike in donations.
Partial transcript via The Washington Times.