Laura Ingraham is a US institution. She wrote speeches for Ronald Reagan (who had a big scandal but at least believed in UFOs) back in the 1980s. She has excreted a number of books of right-wing lunacy, including The Hillary Trap: Seeking Power in All the Wrong Places (2000) plus Billionaire at the Barricades (2017). She has presented the Fox News TV show The Ingraham Angle since 2017. And now she blames cannabis legalisation for mass shootings in the United States.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham, pictured here in 2019 when she was 56, blamed cannabis for mass shootings in the United States. Photo: Gage Skidmore

Laura Ingraham is a shit

As well as a US institution, Laura Ingraham is patently a shit. Supposedly pro-family, she found herself being sued for pregnancy discrimination by her former personal assistant, then-28-year-old Karolina Wilson, in 2018. Wilson worked for Ingraham for almost 16 months. She claimed that her firing occurred the day after she returned from maternity leave. Until Wilson got up the stick, Ingraham “was always happy with my work.”

Wilson asserted that Ingraham sent her instructions by text message even when she was en route to hospital to give birth. One began, “Pls just have someone take over the nanny interviews which are critical.”

Wilson alleged that Ingraham was initially only prepared to allow her to take three weeks off, but the company Ingraham Media Group later allowed her eight so long as she worked from home. Her employer permitted her to continue working for three weeks after being fired, but gave her no place where she could pump breast milk in private. She did it in her car.

No mention of the outcome of this case can be found online, so hopefully, it was settled out of court.

Ingraham’s case

Ingraham began one piece by claiming that “it was initially reported” that Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old who shot 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Texas on May 24 2022, used cannabis, but The New York Times “mysteriously” deleted this fact from an online article. She charged that this was due to a forceful “pro-marjiuana bias” that seeks to protect the developing multi-billion dollar cannabis industry.

This harks back to Reefer Madness (watch it here), which stated that one teenaged cannabis user went on to kill six family members: a mass shooting. It didn’t name him, but there was one such episode IRL, and Reefer Madness failed to mention the minor detail that this individual was mentally ill.

Ingraham then wheeled out Dr Russel Kamer, medical director of Partners in Safety, a firm that drug tests the employees of other companies. He opined that in studies, “high potency marijuana” was “strongly associated with the development of psychosis.” The “high potency” is because cannabis today is much stronger than it used to be. Ingraham wondered why this “connection” is not more widely discussed.

Kamer added that his colleagues in Colorado “are sounding the alarm” because it was one of the first states to legalise cannabis for recreational purposes, and now, “It’s practically a daily occurrence that kids come into the emergency rooms in florid, cannabis-induced psychosis.”

Fox News is psychotic shock horror

Ingraham is plainly being psychotic. The first mass shooting in the United States was in 1966, when Charles J Whitman killed his mother and wife in their homes and then another 15 people from the University of Texas Tower. Legalisation of cannabis for recreational purposes, on the other hand, didn’t begin until the state of Washington did it in 2012.

What’s really to blame for mass shootings in the United States

If you really want to blame something for US mass shootings, try the Great Replacement theory. This holds that minority groups are replacing the white majority in the United States in an orchestrated plot.

The Great Replacement theory was given as a reason for the mass shooting of 10 people at the Tops Friendly Markets supermarket in Buffalo, New York, 10 days before the shooting at Robb Elementary School; nine people at a Bible study class in Charleston, South Carolina in 2020; and 23 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in 2020. It was also the reason behind the killing of one individual and attempted killing of 53 others in a synagogue in the San Diego suburb of Poway during Passover in 2019.

If you want to hear about the Great Replacement theory, watch Fox News

The Great Replacement theory has been a mainstay of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. The New York Times recently reported that he had mentioned it over 400 times since 2016. He’s watched by 3.5 million people a night.

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