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A former UFC fighter appeared on Fox News Thursday morning and blamed mass shootings on a lack of “masculinity” among American men and railed against boys using ADHD medicines.
Tim Kennedy, a retired MMA fighter and U.S. military veteran, reiterated his belief “America doesn’t have a gun problem they have a young, angry male problem.” Reacting to the weekend mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Kennedy explained that natural, “hard-wired” male energy is what “got us to the moon” and stopped the “real Nazis in Normandy” during World War II. Kennedy said doctors, teachers and society today are wrongly prescribing boy’s ADHD medicine that is preventing them from becoming men.
In a segment entitled, “Masculinity in Modern Times,” the Fox News morning crew took on the feminization of America’s young men alongside Kennedy’s claims.
“The fact that somebody’s saying there is a ‘toxic masculinity’ problem when in fact there’s not enough masculinity, what we’re doing to our boys right now is we’re stunting them,” Kennedy told Fox & Friends Thursday morning. “We are built, we are hard-wired to do incredible things — protect is one of them.”
Kennedy continued, “When you take a boy in school and you say ‘you can’t act this way, you can’t be energetic this way, you can’t explore, you shouldn’t do dangerous things,’ you’re messing with the hard-wire in their brains. Everyone is made different. But men have to be men. And boys grow up to be men, you have to allow them to do that.”
Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt pressed Kennedy to explain his opposition to attention deficit prescriptions, saying some parents watching the network may be saying “their kids might need those medications.” Kennedy said doctors and teachers tried to tell his parents he “needed those medications” as a kid, but his successful careers in U.S. special forces, MMA and anything else are an example of how those figures in his life were proven wrong.
Kennedy said his parents instead chose to put him on the path of “constructive, healthy” activities to channel his innate male energy through athletics and martial arts.
“When you give [young men] ADHD medications and you tell them ‘you can’t go climb a tree, that they can’t be busy in the classroom,’ [mass shootings] are the results, you have to let boys be boys,” he said.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do but I still have that same energy and that’s a great thing, that got us to the moon, that defeated the communists, that stopped the fascists and the real Nazis in Normandy. Those weren’t little boys and girls that were storming the beaches of Normandy, those were men,” Kennedy continued.
After being dragged on Twitter, Kennedy went on the defensive and replied to one critic, “I’m just trying to help protect us from future shootings.”