Citing a sense of amorality, conservative pundit Pat Buchanan blamed the shooting death of an Australian college student last week on the breakdown of society.
"I think it raises a question: Where did these kids come out of? Where did they come from to get the idea that this was sort of a good thing to do and a lot of fun?" Buchanan said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."
Christopher Lane, 22, was attending college in the United States on a baseball scholarship when he was gunned down while jogging Friday in Duncan, Okla. One of the three teenaged suspects reportedly told police Lane was picked at random and that they committed the crime because they were bored.
"I think we've got to take a look at the culture that they grew up in," Buchanan said. He said society's "conscience-forming institutions," such as the family, schools and churches, have stopped doing their jobs.
"The country has been de-Christianized, and these kids have clearly been desensitized," Buchanan said. "I think what you've got here are products of the cultural, social, moral revolution that overthrew all the standards by which previous generations lived."
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