Correlation does not equal causation; stupid Republican legislators version

I first saw the headline on this and thought, oh, man there goes another moronic Republican state legislator.  Nope, this is the level of thinking from a member of Congress.  Ugh.  CNN:

Republican Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee recently cited pornography as a contributing factor to gun violence in schools.

“How many of you when you were in school ever had an experience where a kid came to school with a gun?… Never happened. So we say, ‘Why?’ … Why do we see kids being so violent? What’s out there? What makes them do that?” Black said during a listening session with local pastors last week, according to audio HuffPost obtained and posted Tuesday.

Black, who is also running for governor in her state, went on to list “deterioration of family,” violent movies and pornography as what’s led to school shootings.
“It’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store. Yeah, you have to reach up to get it, but there’s pornography there,” Black says in the audio. “All of this is available without parental guidance.”
She adds, “And I think that’s a big part of the root cause, that we see so many young people that have mental illness get caught in these places.”

Good, God– the stupid!  (And how pathetically clueless that she’s actually talking about magazines at the grocery store).  And this person is making national policy!  Anything but the damn guns.

And, such a heinous spurious correlation made me think of this website full of them.  For example:

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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