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“Ritalin Is Not the Cause of School Gun Violence”

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May 25, 2018Last Sunday morning, I woke up to this headline: “Oliver North Blames School Shootings on Ritalin.”It is hard to know where to start when there are so many outrageous and hypocritical statements crammed in together so closely.

During his Fox News Sunday appearance, the controversial in-coming President of the NRA, Oliver North, blamed the combination of Ritalin and the “culture of violence” for the remarkable series of 22 school shootings thus far in 2018.Specifically, he said, “And the disease in this case isn’t the Second Amendment.

The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence… They’ve been drugged in many cases. Nearly all of these perpetrators are male… Many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten.”This is a classic tactic of people who intentionally produce false news; they make two true statements with which reasonable people would agree and then insert a lie that would appeal to the extreme prejudice of the audience.

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