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Republican Leader James Lankford Blames Gun Violence On Children Of ‘Welfare Moms’ [Video]

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Republican Representative James Lankford, the fifth-ranking Republican in the House, met with his constituents in Oklahoma City earlier this week and was asked about his views on gun violence. Lankford laid the blame on the feet of the children of “welfare moms” who have committed fraud.

The exchange went like this, according to Think Progress:

CONSTITUENT: My question is regarding the guns and is Washington at all aware of the psychotropic drugs that these children are taking? I guarantee it 100 percent that’s our big problem. […]

LANKFORD: I agree with that. I think there’s a bunch of issues that, quite frankly, most liberals are afraid to talk about. […] Where are we on all those psychiatric drugs? We’ve overmedicated kids. Quite frankly some of the overmedication of kids are because welfare moms want to get additional benefits and if they can put them on SSI through maintenance drugs, they can also put them on Social Security disability and get a separate check. That is wrong on every single level. Not only is it fraudulent to the government, but it also tells a kid with great potential, “don’t try because you’re disabled.”

Think Progress also did a breakdown of the numbers in order to discredit the statement made by Lankford. They showed that in 2011, the Inspector General’s office opened up 4,600 fraud cases related to Social Security disability programs. The number of people who are committing the type of fraud described by Lankford is a tiny fraction of that overall number. Meanwhile, nearly 10,000 people are gunned down in an average year. These numbers call into question whether Lankford’s comments can be taken seriously on any level.

The Republican party has been hesitant to blame the guns themselves for the violence seen over the last few months. The National Rifle Association has made it a point to address the issues of mental health and entertainment influence in order to steer the topic away from guns.

Watch the exchange with Representative James Lankford right here:

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4 Responses to “Republican Leader James Lankford Blames Gun Violence On Children Of ‘Welfare Moms’ [Video]”

  1. Luke Cannon Preslar

    While I still don't agree with James Lankford's pessimism regarding singe mothers' abuse of SSI, what's really worrying is that the lady insists (and Lankford agrees) that children are overmedicated "across the board" with psychotropic drugs, which is highly debatable. Without resorting to insult, I disagree. I respect Lankford's concern, but he is no physician. If I can back up my stance regarding bioethical matters, so should my Representative. (I wanted to link this on my own Wall; I made the same comment on Dave Rhea's post. This story really bugs me, I guess).

  2. Don Ram

    Think Progress is a communist site not a source. try read the data base linking ssri to murder and violence, or simply read the black label that warns of HOMICIDAL IDEATION, put pharma exec's in prison where they belong along with any Doctor who failed to monitor the patient who turns violent on these very dangerous drugs.

  3. Dale Barnes

    Are you kidding me! Sandy Hook is in a very affluent community and the perp was from a wealthy family not the child of a welfare mom scamming the system. Talk about someone being on psychotropic drugs! You guys actually elected this idiot!

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