They also ignore a very real problem that’s seldom mentioned.
Now that the gun control advocates have had their fifteen minutes of fame, let’s start focusing on the real issues impacting the rise in school shootings since that infamous day in Columbine in 1999. Issue number one that no one in the mainstream media or government wants to acknowledge: fatherlessness. Specifically, the impact of fatherlessness on the boys who grew up to become school shooters.
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As Terry Brennan, co-founder of Leading Women for Shared Parenting, notes:
- 72 percent of adolescent murderers grew up without fathers; the same for 60 percent of all rapists.
- 70 percent of juveniles in state institutions grew up in single- or no-parent situations.
- The number of single-parent households is a good predictor of violent crime in a community, while poverty rate is not.
Yet, despite the growing number of experts, pundits and commentators drawing attention to the impact of fatherlessness on school and community safety, the post-attack discussion inevitably reverts back to gun control. Instead of spending so much as fifteen minutes on fatherlessness we are forced to endure the same salacious headlines, the same provocative tweets, the same tired old memes about the evils of guns as if somehow a cold piece of metal convinced yet another boy to become a mass-murderer. We ignore the lack of adequate mental health services, the failure of law enforcement to effectively intercede, and the sickening impact fatherlessness has on each one of these tragic cases. Why? Because it is easier to ban a hunk of metal than it is to right systemic cultural wrongs.
There’s more at the link.
If you look at American society and culture over the past three-quarters of a century, I think there’s a lot of evidence to support that view. After all, when millions of American servicemen came home from World War II and the Korean War, they were all highly trained in the use of firearms, and many had seen combat. How many mass shooting incidents did they, or their children, perpetrate? Just about none. It’s only with the breakdown of the nuclear family in the 1960’s and beyond, and the astronomical increase in the divorce rate, that we see the emergence of more frequent mass shooting events.
Makes you think, doesn’t it?
EDITED TO ADD: Sebastian offers an excellent analogy as to why gun owners are fed up with those trying to take away our firearms. Click over there to read it. It’s a good argument.