During a meeting with religious leaders in late May, Representative Diane Black, a candidate for Governor of Tennessee, blamed the rise in school shootings on pornography.

“It’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store. Yeah, you have to reach up to get it, but there’s pornography there,” she told the group, in audio obtained by the Huffington Post. “All of this is available without parental guidance. I think that is a big part of the root cause.”

No, Ms. Black, there is no connection between pornography and gun violence. And there is no connection between pornography and the dissolution of the family. In fact, in the past twenty years — the period in which you link the rise of pornography with the rise of gun violence — divorce rates and sexual assault rates have plummeted.

This may be a small point, but pornography is not actually available in grocery stores, whether you reach up for it or not.

Perhaps you’re thinking of Tic-Tacs.

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