Kentucky Gov. Claims Gun Violence Is Caused By A Sinful Culture

Governor Matt Bevin speaks at the 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.Screengrab/Patriotic Populist/YouTube

Kentucky has some of the most lax gun laws in the nation, including allowing residents to open carry without a permit.

Within days of Kentucky's school shooting that left two students dead and more than a dozen wounded, Governor Matt Bevin spoke out saying that gun violence is a "cultural problem" and citizens need to "wake up" to the fact that it results from a societal decline in morality.

"We have become desensitized to death, we have become desensitized to killing, we have become desensitized to empathy for our fellow man and it's coming at an extraordinary price and we have got to look at the root cause of this," the 51-year-old Republican governor told attendants.

"We can't celebrate death in video games," Bevin continued, "celebrate death in TV shows, celebrate death in movies, celebrate death in musical lyrics and remove any sense of morality and sense of higher authority and then expect things like this are not going to happen."

Gun control advocates were displeased with the governors remarks, noting that other countries do not have the same gun problem despite similar cultural values:

"If it was a cultural issue we would see school shootings in other developed nations but we don't," Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, told the Daily News ... "These are talking points straight of the NRA playbook," she said.

Bevin, whose state has some of the most lax gun laws in the nation, drew criticism for gun-related comments during the 2016 presidential election as well when he suggested his children might be forced to arm themselves against Hillary Clinton if she won.

"I have nine children," he said during a September 2016 speech at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. "It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something that we, through our apathy and our indifference, have given away. Don't let it happen."

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Well, he's right. We are fallen creatures and do evil things. That's been the case for all of human history. But to restrain this evil nature, it requires some sort of internal control. External impediments like laws can only do so much, and are usually only done after the fact rather than before. Standards of morality offer proactive solutions to this kind of issue, when we teach people that murder is wrong and that life is valuable and should be protected.

As for the Kentucky school shooting, it was already illegal for him to do almost everything he did. He could not legally acquire a firearm, and could not legally enter school property with it. In spite of the laws already on the books, he carried out the act, and did so because of the evil in his heart.