Kentucky’s Governor Blames Gun Violence On Entertainment And Abortion

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.Screengrab/LEX18 News/YouTube

American culture's obsession with violence, zombies and abortion underlies its gun violence problem, says Matt Bevin.

America’s obsessions with zombies and abortion are the cause of gun violence in the United States, according to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin — which conveniently means changes to the country’s gun laws can do nothing to solve the problem.

Bevin lamented this “culture of death” during a radio interview with conservative talk show host Leland Conway, the Louisville Courier Journal reported on Tuesday.

> “It starts with everything from the type of entertainment that we focus on,” Bevin said. “What’s the most popular topic that seems to be in every cable television network. Television shows are all about, what? Zombies! I don’t get it ... that’s what we are.”

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> Bevin went on to say Kentuckians are staunch defenders of the Constitution and that liberal attempts to enact gun control won't be successful.

The media’s emphasis on violence in entertainment is warping young minds, the Republican governor said, which leads to mass shootings and other such gun-related violence.

> “When a culture is surrounded by, inundated by, rewards things that celebrate death, whether it is zombies in television shows, the number of abortions ... there’s a thousand justifications for why we do this," Bevin said.

But Bevin was more than happy to indulge in the entertaining element of firearms during a trip to the Kentucky State Penitentiary's gun range, where he was filmed throwing smoke bombs and even shooting a grenade launcher to illustrate how he intends to “blow up” regulations.

> "When I was elected a couple of years ago I talked about blowing things up like red tape, blowing up things like corruption, blowing up things like pay-to-play and inside deals ..." Bevin said. "We've talked about blowing up a whole lot of things. It is literally the embodiment of what you're about to see here in a minute."

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> In the Sylvester Stallone-type montage, the Kentucky Republican proceeds to throw police-issue grenades, smoke bombs and even fire off rounds from a grenade launcher while hardcore action music plays in the background.

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> At one point, Bevin loads a round into a grenade launcher and, like a rogue cowboy, flips it shut with one hand and then says "get it done" before firing it into the air.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, who is running to unseat Bevin in 2019, was not impressed with the governor’s video:

> "A governor should act with decency, dignity and maturity," said Brad Bowman, a Beshear spokesman. "This video shows why Kentuckians will make a change in 2019. In the meantime, Gov. Bevin should refund every tax dollar used to make this video.”

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