More students are committing mass shootings because they no longer receive whoopings their from teachers at school, according to former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.
Bauer made the outrageous claim during a recent appearance on “State of Union” with Jake Tapper, as he and fellow panelists discussed the recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen people were killed and several others badly injured.
During the segment, Bauer said he did not expect Republican lawmakers to take action on gun reform, seemed to place blame on a so-called “cultural shift” for the recent shootings. He spoke of growing up on “The Andy Griffith Show” and when there was still prayer and paddling in school.
“Today, we are in a different time,” he explained. “The movie industry, the rap industry in general talks about these things that are common now and we’ve almost desensitized it … Now we have to worry about kids eating Tide PODs. Instead of discipline, we go after parents who discipline their children. When I was in school, the principals had a paddle; It was called the Board of Education and he used it on all the students.
“We have changed the mindset today,” Bauer added. “It’s scary now that students would even contemplate this type of behavior.”
Former Michigan governor and fellow panelist Jennifer Granholm responded to his remark by reiterating her respect for the “culture” of guns in America, but noted that that doesn’t mean “that you can’t have reasonable restrictions.”
“There’s no question that reasonable restrictions work,” Granholm explained. “There’s no question that gun owners themselves are in favor of background checks, mental health checks. The only question is, why does Congress not act? And it is because of the NRA.”
Watch the rest of their exchange above.