Scarborough: Mental Health, Not Guns or Movies, Behind Killing Spree

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 09:59 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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A mental health issue prompted California student Elliot Rodger's killing spree Friday, and the incident should not involve concerns over gun rights or Hollywood influence, said talk show host Joe Scarborough.

In light of the tragedy in which Rodger killed six people before turning the gun on himself, gun control advocates, including the father of shooting victim Christopher Martinez, have renewed calls for stricter gun regulations. Scarborough pointed out that half of the victims were stabbed, and that Rodger had a right to own a handgun.

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"This is a mental health issue. Just like all of these issues, 99 out of 100 are mental health issues. It's not guns in this case. It's not Hollywood in this case," Scarborough, a former Florida Republican congressman, said Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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"Three people were killed with a knife — with a knife. This guy had handguns, which the Supreme Court has said Americans have a constitutional right to carry handguns. That is protected by the United States Supreme Court. That's not the issue," he added.

Film critic Ann Hornaday suggested in a column in The Washington Post that the influence of Hollywood could have played a role in the incident. While acknowledging Rodger suffered from mental illness, she wrote that it was also "clear that his delusions were inflated, if not created, by the entertainment industry he grew up in."

Scarborough rejected Hornaday's theory and said the problem was connected to Rodger's reported problems caused by Asperger's syndrome.

"This is a young man who was isolated by his mental challenges," Scarborough said. "We were dealing with a young man that didn't have the guardrails that the rest of society has."

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