For Immediate Release: August 6, 2019
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: The tragic violence this weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, is met with pundits and politicians trying to identify the problem and offer fixes. Some will blame it on guns, some will blame it on mental illness, some will blame it on video games and media. The problem is deeper than that.
“There is no one variable we can change for a quick fix for large scale violence,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “Yes, there is too much glorification of violence in video games, movies, and television. Yes, we need a better mental health system. But until we address the decline of the American family we won’t see a lasting solution to mass shootings.
“The best thing American citizens and the government can do to prevent future tragedy is to rebuild our culture of strong families! Phyllis Schlafly pointed to this in her 2014 book, Who Killed the American Family? It’s a conversation we must continue to have. President Trump recognized in his remarks this week that it was the person, not the weapon, to blame for these killings. It’s time to take a step further! We need pro-family policies and a pro-family culture to match. Gun restrictions and even mental health systems won’t fix the problem. It’s a culture problem that must be addressed at its roots.”