Most folks who have a damned lick of sense and a measurable IQ know not to believe right-wing Fox “News”. But the Trumpist entertainment channel sunk to new depths after the horrific July 4 mass shooting at an Illinois parade. The mass shooting left 7 dead and more than two dozen injured.
Fox News hosts have once again shown they have a bad case of Reefer Madness, reports Rolling Stone. That’s an urge to blame Cannabis use for various unrelated social ills. The GOP’s desperate to draw attention away from sensible gun legislation after the latest mass shooting in the United States.
On Tuesday night, the execrable Tucker Carlson blamed the murder of seven people at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on pretty much everything but guns. Carlson blames social media, porn, video games, and feminist women who are too naggy. Oh, and don’t forget young men being “high on government endorsed weed.”
“Smoke Some More, It’s Good For You”
“They are high on government-endorsed weed, ‘smoke some more, it’s good for you,’” Carlson obnoxiously said, reports The Independent.
Unfortunately, punchline Carlson was not alone in ridiculously attempting to link marijuana use to violent behavior. Fellow Fox host Laura Ingraham falsely claimed Tuesday “there is mounting scientific evidence of a connection between the increase in violent behavior among young people and regular sustained cannabis use.”
“These are the eyes of some of the mass killers who have reportedly been regular pot users,” Ingraham portentously intoned, flashing a collage of mass shooters. “Look at them.”
The myth that pot use leads to violence has long been present in American politics. The 1936 exploitation film Reefer Madness infamously played into racial stereotypes to portray weed use as a gateway to violence.
Covid conspiracy theorist Alex Berenson revived that myth in 2019. Berenson published a book claiming that pot legalization would lead to a big increase in murders, assaults, and mental illness, despite evidence of the opposite being true.
Berenson falsely claims, “Marijuana causes psychosis. Psychosis causes violence. The obvious implication is that marijuana causes violence.”
Berenson (of course) regularly appears on Fox.
Desperately Fumbling For Any Excuse…
Fox News’ primetime stars are desperately fumbling for any excuse, however absurd or intelligence-insulting, for the shootings other than guns and the ease with which folks can get them, reports The Wrap.
“We are quite fortunate that Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson will NOT be the ones to explain to two-year old Aiden that he lost his parents because of marijuana use and overbearing women,” Twitter user Cindy commented.
Back in the real world, there is, in fact, no known link between cannabis and mass shootings.