No, I’m not talking about Stormy Daniels, the latest GIF ‘Puter posted on Twitter, all the dishes the Czar left in the sink, or where the clandestine White House Bunker is. I’m talking about the one topic that the media, the democrats, and the the whole March For Our Lives group won’t talk about with regards to gun violence: the American societal acceptance of the destruction of the family.
From the Sun Sentinel on March 1, 2018:
The list [of mass shooters with broken homes] goes on and on, as Brad Wilcox will testify. He is a professor and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, studied school shootings in 2013 and found all the perpetrators had either had a mother who never got married or had seen a divorce in the family. CNN once looked at the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, noting that, of the seven killers under 30, only one had his biological father around his whole childhood.
Consider a joint federal study showing that 63 percent of youth suicides are from fatherless homes; as often as not, mass shooters are simultaneously suicidal. Robert Sampson, a Harvard sociologist, has observed that urban violence is concentrated in neighborhoods with mostly single-parent homes. A Michigan State University study found 75 percent of examined adolescent murderers were from fatherless homes. The Centers for Disease Control says 85 percent of children with behavioral disorders have only a mother in the home. Wilcox also says children with both married parents around are less likely to drop out of school, to become drug addicts or to grow up impoverished.
A oft overlooked statistic in the last few weeks is that 26 of the 27 deadliest mass shootings perpetrators were largely raised in a fatherless environment.
This is a difficult topic to address but instead of addressing it – likely due to a fear of offending someone – we are sweeping it under the rug. Maybe my liberal friends will claim this is more “whataboutism”* but, like many of them ask about gun control laws: why not try to do something?!? If we kick this can down the road, it isn’t going to improve on it’s own. This is going to take a concerted effort. Maybe before I move on, I should highlight some other statistics:
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
- 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Center for Disease Control)
- 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report)
It isn’t just fatherless homes, in my opinion, but rather it is a change in our culture and a lack of holding people accountable. In this case, be accountable for the life you just helped create. I truly believe that children with a sense of responsibility and an understanding that actions have meaningful and real consequences are likely not going to be the next school shooting criminal.
The other part of accountability is the lack of accountability we hold our government (local, state, and federal) for enforcing the laws in place. Before we spend the taxpayer money on passing new gun laws (many of which would likely not have stopped many of these shootings), can we fix the enforcement of the laws on the books. Fix the various databases and information sharing systems for background checks. Fix the reporting of mental health issues and violent behaviors such that they would be ineligible under CURRENT laws to acquire a gun. Woulda, coulda, shoulda, but I believe that the Parkland shooting was preventable if just some – not even all – of the enforcement problems were addressed. I would like to see one journalist ask David Hogg or Emma Gonzalez, “Do you think it was a legislative problem or an enforcement problem that led to the shooting and why?” Followed up with, “are you aware that there were multiple failures in the implementation and enforcement of current laws that would have likely prevented the shooter from obtaining a gun and being in the school that day in that condition?” I doubt I’ll hear either anytime soon. In the meantime, the dirty little secret will continue to be whispered because to talk about it would be “whataboutism”
* Whataboutism is the epitome of the liberal reaction to have a rational discussion and debate about a topic. Anything outside of their specific agenda is decried as the opponents just screaming, “What about…”? I actually think the texting while driving has a very real parallel to the gun debate – somewhere between 4 and 10 times the number of teens die from texting while driving accidents per day than by guns (when you include suicides, accidental shootings, incidental shootings, and mass shootings). In both cases, there are existing laws that make some aspect of the action illegal (hence, crime, right?!?) There have been ZERO marches to raise awareness or combat texting while driving. Where are the OpEds and the Hollywood events to address the issue? Can you imagine for a moment a national campaign to ban the sales of smart phones to teenage drivers?