GOP lawmaker blames 'dang smartphones' at hearing on mass shootings
Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) (House Oversight Committee/screen grab)

Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) this week linked mass shootings to "the overuse" of "dang smartphones."

At a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, Fallon rejected the call for new gun regulations following the recent mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

"Guns have always been readily available in this country but mass shootings and particularly mass shootings of schools were non-existent or extremely rare until they became a grisly recent phenomenon," he told the committee.

"So what's changed in the last 50 years?" Fallon asked. "There's been a noticeable breakdown of the family, there's been an erosion of faith and there's been a seismic drop in social interaction in large measure due to the overuse of these dang smartphones and the proliferation of social media, which is probably better described as anti-social media."

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Fallon displayed a smartphone to make his point.

Watch the video below from the House Oversight Committee.