January 4, 2019 (REAL Women of Canada) – The mass shootings in the US have dumbfounded its citizens. Americans have owned semi-automatic weapons for over a hundred years, but only in recent years have school shootings become a phenomenon.
What is the common thread in all these shootings? Six out of the seven deadliest shootings that occurred in the US between 2005 and 2015 were committed by men who grew up in fatherless homes. Even a study of older male shooters, such as Stephen Paddock of the Las Vegas massacre, indicates that they grew up in fatherless homes.
A boy’s relationship with his father has a profound effect on his identity. Many of the school shooters struggled with a sense of “damaged masculinity” and sought to become “ultra-masculine” by obtaining a gun which they believed gave them power. This conclusion on mass shootings has been established by much research, and refuted by none.
The consequences of fatherlessness are simply staggering. US statistics on the effects of not having a father in the home include the following:
85% of all youth in prison come from fatherless homes; 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes; 71% of pregnant teenagers lack a
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