Fox “News” anchor Tucker Carlson is taking “fake news” to new lows with his claims that cannabis causes mass shootings. Following recent incidents of domestic terrorism in El Paso and Dayton, Carlson spent his airtime trying to convince viewers that white nationalism is a myth. Now, Carlson wants you to buy into a correlation between the increase in mass shootings and increased access to marijuana across the country.
“In the aftermaths of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the country scrambled, justifiably, to understand what motivated the killers,” said Carlson. “Ideology seemed like an obvious reason and we picked that apart at some length. But it could it just be part of the answer?
Carlson continued his half-baked propaganda:
“A toxicology report on the Dayton shooter, for example, revealed that he had several drugs in his system including cocaine and Xanax. He was also known to be a longtime user of marijuana. It turns out, in fact, that many violent individuals have been avid marijuana users. Is there a connection?”Tucker Carlson
In a pitiful attemept to bolster his argument, Ol’ Tuck brought on former New York Times journalist Alex Berenson. Those within the cannabis community are familiar with Berenson and his fear-mongering, anti-marijuana book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence. Berenson gained publicity from a well-positioned media blitz during his book launch, including a laudatory and misguided New Yorker article from Malcolm Gladwell.
Carlson summarized his absurd premise:
So, I don’t think it’s going way out on a limb to draw that connection then between cannabis use, particularly I assume chronic use and acts of violence. Why is this not something that we’re pursuing more aggressively?
The answer to Carlson’s question at the end of the day is pretty simple: no study has ever linked “chronic” cannabis use with violence. While people who engage in acts of violence may use cannabis, that does not mean that cannabis use caused the violence. That no study has made this connection given the rate of legalization of medical and recreational cannabis across the nation, a generous and varied sample set exists to test Carlson’s hypothesis. Point being, we would have already seen direct links to chronic marijuana use in a large percentage of mass shooters. We haven’t, but we have seen hatred, political ideology, and untreated mental illness linked to each and every incident.
Aside from the fact that no legitimate, peer-reviewed study has ever discovered a link between cannabis use and acts of violence (let alone acts of mass violence), Carlson’s segment suffers from a few other faults.
Perhaps the most obvious is the fact that the El Paso shooter actually wrote a lengthy, detailed manifesto he waited to post until just before he attacked. That premeditation – paired with the actual racist and xenophobic content of the manifesto – speaks for itself.
Carlson has espoused white nationalist talking points many times, so it stands to reason he has a conflict of interest in getting to the truth behind our recent spike in domestic terrorism.
Fox “News” anchor Tucker Carlson is a cryptofascist and not-so-subtle white nationalist, along with being a mouthpiece for the Trump Administration’s hateful and regressive policies across the board.
The El Paso shooter plainly spelled out that his motivation was hatred of immigrants, and the fear of “white replacement”, an alt-right conspiracy that minorities are plotting to become the majority. I wonder why they wouldn’t want that? Probably because they know as well as anyone that minorities are not given equality nor equity in the U.S.