Video: Rep. James Lankford Blames Gun Violence on "Welfare Moms" Who Overmedicate Kids

| by Michael Allen

Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) recently blamed “welfare moms” for gun violence during a town hall in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (video below).

During a question and answer part of the town hall, a woman asked Rep. Lankford about children who were committing gun violence because they were on psychotropic drugs.

In response, Rep. Lankford blamed "welfare moms" whom he claims are committing Social Security disability fraud by intentionally overmedicating their children in order to get another check from the U.S. government, reports ThinkProgress.org.

Rep. Lankford said: "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.'"