Limiting Second Amendment rights is still not the answer to solving school violence, new NRA president Oliver North said in the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School massacre in Texas.
North agreed that students shouldn’t be afraid to go to school. But there are other solutions, he said on "Fox News Sunday."
“I believe that we can make sure kids are protected without taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens,” North said, who is a former Marine Corps lieutenant colonel.
Better solutions include placing metal detectors in schools and having campuses participate in the National Rifle Association's, “school shield” program. Through the program, the NRA offers schools a free security assessment and examines how people enter and exit buildings. There is no cost to schools or taxpayers, he said.
North suggested the root of the school violence problem is young people, primarily males, who are exposed to violence and are on medications such as Ritalin, a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit disorder, also known as ADD.
How are psychotropic drugs related?
An international study by the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights released in February shows the connection between violence and psychiatric drugs.
The study lists 36 school shootings and school-related acts of violence that date back to 1988. All of the crimes were committed by people either taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. The end result was that 172 people were wounded and 80 were killed, according to the study.
“Information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs or undergone other behavioral therapy, the organization’s website states.
“At least 27 international drug regulatory agency warnings have been issued on psychiatric drugs being linked to mania, violence, hostility, aggression, psychosis, and homicidal ideation (thoughts or fantasies of homicide that can be planned)," it explains.
“We are trying like the dickens to treat the symptoms, not the disease,” North said. “The disease isn’t the Second Amendment.”
North’s comments came two days after a 17-year-old opened fire on Santa Fe High School south of Houston. The suspect is currently in custody on murder charges. Using his father’s rifle and pistol, the suspect allegedly killed 10 people and injured 13 in what marked the second-deadliest school massacre this year.
The killer also allegedly placed explosive devices in and around the school. He reportedly has no prior arrests or confrontations with law enforcement.
In February, 17 people died in a mass killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Following that tragedy, students form the school began a national gun-control campaign. Some high-profile Hollywood stars also joined the movement.