This article from NRO drills into one tragically sad aspect of school shootings:
Sons of Divorce, School Shooters
By W. Bradford Wilcox
Another shooting, another son of divorce. From Adam Lanza, who killed 26 children and adults a year ago at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., to Karl Pierson, who shot a teenage girl and killed himself this past Friday at Arapahoe High in Centennial, Colo., one common and largely unremarked thread tying together most of the school shooters that have struck the nation in the last year is that they came from homes marked by divorce or an absent father. From shootings at MIT (i.e., the Tsarnaev brothers) to the University of Central Florida to the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., nearly every shooting over the last year in Wikipedia’s “list of U.S. school attacks” involved a young man whose parents divorced or never married in the first place.
This is not to minimize the importance of debates about gun control or mental health when it comes to understanding these shootings. But as the nation seeks to make sense of these senseless shootings, we must also face the uncomfortable truth that turmoil at home all too often accounts for the turmoil we end up seeing spill onto our streets and schools.
The social scientific evidence about the connection between violence and broken homes could not be clearer. My own research suggests that boys living in single mother homes are almost twice as likely to end up delinquent compared to boys who enjoy good relationships with their father. Harvard sociologist Robert Sampson has written that “Family structure is one of the strongest, if not the strongest, predictor of variations in urban violence across cities in the United States.” [Therefore, this is where the Devil and his human agents are going to strike. They will claw at the traditional family structure, they will undermine it, they will make it their constant target.] His views are echoed by the eminent criminologists Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi, who have written that “such family measures as the percentage of the population divorced, the percentage of households headed by women, and the percentage of unattached individuals in the community are among the most powerful predictors of crime rates.”
Why is fatherlessness such a big deal for our boys (almost all of these incidents involve boys)? Putting the argument positively, sociologist David Popenoe notes that “fathers are important to their sons as role models. They are important for maintaining authority and discipline. And they are important in helping their sons to develop both self-control and feelings of empathy toward others, character traits that are found to be lacking in violent youth.” Boys, then, who did not grow up with an engaged, attentive, and firm father are more vulnerable to getting swept up in the Sturm und Drang of adolescence and young adulthood, and in the worst possible way.
Read the rest there.
Another fruit of “no fault divorce”: deranged and dead children.
I am not advocating Roman Empire style marriage laws, but… hey. They were on to something.
We need this discussion and we need not to be afraid of all the accusations that will land on us when we bring it up. This is where energy should be infused, rather than into hysterical gun-control efforts.
What popped into my head just now was the influence of the “luv” factor in our society. Marriages are stable because the couple wills them to be so, through thick and thin. The modern introduction “romantic love” twists the foundation of the stability of the relationship away from the will and into “feelings”. So, when “feelings” change, the foundation of the bond changes. “I don’t love you anymore, see ya!” Merge this with the societal ripple effects of the sexual revolution, the wild-times surround the Second Vatican Council (for the Church was a stablizing factor in all of society), etc., and we have a recipe for the disaster we are seeing now.
Finally, undisciplined boys with no good role models who spend hours playing super-violent first-person-shooter video games…. I’m just saying.