Republican Congressman Blames ‘Welfare Moms’ For Gun Violence

Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) recently used the children of “welfare moms” who commit fraud as his scapegoat for gun violence in America.lankford_james

During a meeting with constituents in Oklahoma City, a woman asked the Republican congressman what he was doing to address gun violence committed  by children who were high on psychotropic drugs. Lankford answered that he “agree[s] with that” and then went on to blame Social Security disability fraud for the increase in gun violence:

CONSTITUENT: My question is regarding the guns and is Washington at all aware of the psychotropic drugs that these children are taking? I guarantee it 100 percent that’s our big problem. [...]

LANKFORD: I agree with that. I think there’s a bunch of issues that, quite frankly, most liberals are afraid to talk about. [...] 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.”

What is most troubling about this exchange is that Lankford seems to be just spouting off about theories he has concocted. He, like many on the right, seem more inclined to believe their own generalizations than  to actually relate their beliefs to actual studies. If Lankford has evidence which indicates that his assertions are true, then he should cite the research study. But one doubts that his district elected him to just make it up as he goes along.

Furthermore, the young men who committed mass killings in Newton and Aurora weren’t the product of welfare moms. They were young white men with seemingly well adjusted families, so there’s that.

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9 Responses to Republican Congressman Blames ‘Welfare Moms’ For Gun Violence

  1. Derrick January 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Republican Congressman Blames ‘Welfare Moms’ For Gun Violence
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    He’s talking about these mexicans, asians, arabs, and caucasoid fe-male and male ‘ho’s, who are milking the system!!! There are more ILLEGAL ALIEN mexicans, than Blacks, who are getting those foodcards and baby money.

    You can look at that redneck, and tell he’s nothing, but a devil! That boy is redder than a beet!!! That bytch looks like david dukes brother!!!

    Article quote: “Furthermore, the young men who committed mass killings in Newton and Aurora weren’t the product of welfare moms. They were young white men with seemingly well adjusted families, so there’s that.”

    NOTICE, HOW THESE cracker mass murderers GET CALLED “YOUNG MEN”, WHILE OUR YOUNG BLACK MEN, WHO GET SHOT DOWN BY RACIST PIGS, AND RACIST CITIZENS, GET CALLED THUGS, GANGSTAS, AND DOPE DEALERS!!!

    I AIN’T NEVA GONNA STOP CUSSIN’!!!

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  2. Veronica January 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    So when that boy went in that school and killed them kids it was the parents of welfare fault!!

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    • Derrick January 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      “So when that boy went in that school and killed them kids it was the parents of welfare fault!!”
      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      YEAH! That white bytch was getting pills from the government aka willie lynch, that crazy son of hers was taking!!! AIN’T THAT WELFARE?

      What do you think those caucasoids are gonna collect, whose kids died in that massacre from that caucasoid terrorist…welfare checks every month!!!

      THEY’RE GONNA PLEAD INSANE, AND WILL GET PAID…AND PILLS!!!

      I keep telling y’all, poli(tricks) is a game; and we’re getting played!!!

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  3. Veronica January 23, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    So when that boy went in that school and killed them kids it was the parents of welfare fault!! Come on they made the guns and now it’s those who on welfare fault they crazy ass hell the devil is working!!

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    • Derrick January 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      THE devil WAS THAT caucasoid boy, WHO KILLED THOSE KIDS!!!

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  4. Pastori Balele January 23, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Republicans are responsible for deaths of recent 26 people and gun deaths in inner cities. Republicans don’t care if Blacks others die. Republicans for years defunded more police in schools and in inner cities. If there was a police officer at the school this nut would have thought twice how to enter the school. His plan would not have been the same. Same as in inner cities. If there are more police cars patrolling inner cities disarranged people with guns would think carefully before going to kill others. People who kill others with guns are usually weaklings – they cannot fight physically. That is why they turn to guns. I have said more than once – please don’t vote republican in 2014.

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  5. Fatima January 24, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Lankford is mixing apples an oranges. Mothers on welfare has absolutely nothing to do with mass murders. The children whom commit- those type of crimes are caucasians age ranging from 10 -24.Last weekend a old male killed his parents and 3 siblings.His mother wasn’t on welfare. His father was a preacher. NRA plays by their own rules .

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  6. Destitute American January 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

    The CONSTITUENT question linked the guns and the psychotropic drugs kids are on and dumb LANKFORD said he agreed with her before expanding on welfare moms and overmedication.

    Mental illness can strike anyone but the psychosis behind most mass murders and serial killers disproportionately afflicts white males like Rep. James Lankford (R-OK). When I hear him and his ilk make comments like this, I believe that they are infected too and but for their current state of privilege, they would be rampaging too.

    Believe it or not, there is an abundance of poor people that do not qualify to get any benefits. They are uninsured and not over-medicating anyone, let alone their kids. They cannot afford medical care until they are hospitalized in a crisis.

    Just ask me how I know.

    Welfare mothers don’t have the funds to buy arsenals. Apple won’t let you buy an iPad with your benefit card. Similarly, Gun Depot definitely won’t take it either. Government credit can’t be spent just anywhere. Moreover, since when have welfare moms dictated medication? People are on psychiatric drugs because they are mentally ill (and I personally think more people need them than are currently being prescribed but they cannot afford them). Doctors have this responsibility and if Lankford was concerned about what they are prescribing and how much, then make he would make it his mission to monitor utilization. I know he won’t because to look at utilization rates and patient treatment would mean he cared about the healthcare of the poor and I know that is not the case.

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  7. Samdromeda January 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Psychotropics will stop you in your tracks unless, of course , you are demon possessed. Examine how he uses the media. He is giving notice that he is willing to raise the system to the ground and blame mothers. Corruption externalizes because it is hard to sit in the hot seat.

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