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Vegan celeb trainer: Poor diets contribute to gun violence

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Vegan celebrity trainer John Pierre told Capitol Hill staffers Monday that poor diets can lead to gun violence on campus.

"The average child is drinking over 50 gallons of soda pop a year... and every time you eat or you drink sugar it destroys B vitamins… which are for brain function," Mr. Pierre told staffers in the Capitol Visitor Center as they chowed down on kale chips and grape leaves, according to U.S. News.

"Now you couple that with violent video games, pornography, violent cartoons, violent music. And then is it any wonder that children are going berserk? And going into schools and shooting one another?" he said.

Mr. Pierre, who trains daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, made the connection in reference to the Sandy Hook massacre in December, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

"We're breeding it into them. It's impossible not to," he said.

The trainer added that gun control needed to be considered, but that they could start by looking at their own diets.

Staffers from the offices of the House Democratic Caucus, Sen. Diane Feinstein and Rep. Marcia Fudge were in attendance, U.S. News reported.

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