Joe the Plumber recently lectured the grieving parents of the six young people who were slain in Santa Barbara, Calif., about not blaming guns for the mass killing.
Ken Blackwell, of the anti-gay, pro-Christian Family Research Council (FRC), took the straw man argument one step further this week by blaming gunman Elliot Rodger's murderous choices on “the crumbling of the moral foundation” and the “attack on natural marriage and the family.”
"Natural marriage" is a new buzzword used by the FRC to describe straight marriage (one man and one woman), noted The Daily Beast earlier this year.
Blackwell explained his unproven theory to his boss, FRC president Tony Perkins, on the FRC's “Washington Watch” radio show, noted RightWingWatch.org (audio below).
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"When you see the crumbling of the moral foundation of the country, you see the attack on natural marriage and the family," claimed Blackwell.
“When these fundamental institutions are attacked and destroyed and weakened and abandoned, you get what we are now seeing,” added Blackwell. "Which is a flood of these disturbed people in our society."
"Instead of dealing with these foundations," said Blackwell. "We look for ways of blaming the Second Amendment."
Blackwell failed to mention that the U.S. dominates the world in mass shootings, noted Statista.com, but numerous countries that have legalized gay marriage have not experienced a mass shooting in modern history.
According to PewForum.org, countries that have legalized gay marriage (without any mass shootings) include the Netherlands (2000), Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), South Africa (2006), Sweden (2009), Iceland (2010), Portugal (2010), Denmark (2012) and Uraguay (2013).
A study in 2013 by the American Journal of Medicine found that the U.S. led developed nations in gun ownership and gun-related deaths, reported The Guardian.