Gun control fanatics are quick to blame mass shootings on the proliferation of firearms, but are less likely to point to the actual cause that leads to mass shootings.
Research shows that school shooters tend to come from broken homes, where one or more parent is absent, addicted or abusive.
One of the trademark “accomplishments” of the Democrat’s beloved “Great Society” is an epidemic of broken homes. Yet another damning indicator of the failure of liberal policies.
Warren Farrell, co-author of the just-released “The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It,” said the frequency at which fathers are absent has been devastating for the development of boys. He pointed to research showing that boys without fathers fare worse than boys with fathers on more than 70 different metrics.
“They’re much more likely to drink, much more likely to do drugs, much more likely to be depressed, much more likely to be suicidal, much more likely to be violent, much more likely to be in prison,” Mr. Farrell said. “And they’re also much more likely to commit mass shootings.”
Mr. Farrell has authored several respected books about male and female behavior, reports the Washington Times. He’s also the chair of the Commission to Create a White House Counsel on Boys and Men, and in June he will talk to the U.S. Department of Education about a program to increase the number of male teachers in early education.
In “The Boy Crisis,” co-authored with John Gray, Mr. Farrell turned his attention to why boys are falling behind girls educationally, socially and in terms of mental health.
The book was published weeks after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed, and comes amid an acrimonious national conversation about how to prevent similar massacres from occurring.
Mr. Farrell said a boy who grows up without a father is rarely given sufficient boundary enforcement from a young age. This leads to the inability to postpone gratification and do well in school and athletics compared to other boys, which in turn causes him to resent his peers and authority figures.
Again, Mr Farrell highlights another Democrat policy, the demonization of men & fathers in society.
These feelings are only exacerbated as he enters adolescence and girls reject him, causing him to retreat into video games and pornography.
“You can imagine how the fantasy of being able to shoot all these people who have rejected him is appealing,” Mr. Farrell said. “Being for once in his life recognized and talked about all over the world by people wondering about his motivations.”
Mr. Farrell said social, economic and technological changes have also made it more difficult for boys to find purpose in life. He said boys in the old days found purpose in becoming “disposable,” either in war or in the workplace.
“Today, there’s a purpose void, because you don’t need as many boys in war, and both girls and boys share the potential for being breadwinners,” he said. “When that purpose void combines with fatherlessness, boys don’t have a way of being guided to a more nuanced sense of purpose.”
“The Boy Crisis” builds on a body of research documenting the connection between broken homes and school shootings.
Peter Langman, an expert on the psychology of school shooters, compiled data that showed the vast majority came from households characterized by divorce and separation, abuse and neglect, alcoholism and drug addiction.
“Out of this sample of 56 school shooters, only 10 (18%) grew up in a stable home with both biological parents,” Mr. Langman wrote in a 2016 article. “In other words, 82% of the sample either grew up in dysfunctional families or without their parents together (for at least part of their lives).”
Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland, Florida, shooter, fits the profile. He was given up for adoption at birth, and his adoptive father suffered a fatal heart attack when he was just 5 years old. Just a few months before the shooting, his adoptive mother died of pneumonia.
More and more, the failures of Democrat policies rear their ugly heads. From the gun control blood baths of Chicago & Los Angeles, to the indoctrination of America’s youth in schools through Common Core, the list goes on and on. We are now living the result of LBJ’s “Great Society”.
Society has become great, but not in the way we wish. Greatly divided, at best.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
March 28th, 2018