Baskerville: 100% of all school mass shooters come from fatherless homes. Coincidence?

Baskerville: 100% of all school mass shooters come from fatherless homes. Coincidence?

Opinion

Another deadly shooting gives the radicals, and the government officials who can increase their power, another opportunity to ban guns and turn law-abiding citizens into criminals.  But as is often, the occasion is provided because the state created the problem – the real criminals – in the first place.  

VIDEO: Warren Farrell, author of ‘The Boy Crisis,’ explains one thing all school shooters have in common.


Access to guns is not a predictor of criminality; neither is a disadvantaged background.  And lest conservatives think that liberals alone propose futile solutions that expand government power, more police and harsher criminal penalties will also not stop shootings.

As many are coming to realize, by far the main predictor of shooting rampages – along with all other criminality and virtually every social pathology among young males – is a home without a father.  This has long been established by so much research (and refuted by none) that it is becoming tedious to have to repeat it.  Indeed, one wonders why, with the huge acknowledgement this fact now enjoys, does that problem continue?  After all, we promoted perfunctory “responsible fatherhood” programs back in the Clinton administration, later relabeled as “healthy marriage” initiatives during the Bush years.  They had zero impact, and since then the problem has only become worse.

Identifying the problem in fatherlessness is only the start.  Going further, we will find that it is readily preventable and remediable – provided that we summon the political will to confront it honestly. Fatherlessness and single-parent homes are not created by impersonal forces; nor only by selfish single mothers.  They are created by government policy – an unconstitutional government policy at that.  

The first step was the creation of the welfare state, which provided financial and bureaucratic incentives to create fatherless homes.

More serious however is the role of the divorce courts:  judges, lawyers, social workers, forensic psychotherapists, and a massive entourage of hangers-on who routinely collude to forcibly remove perfectly fit, willing, and legally unimpeachable fathers from their homes and their children, usually in violation of their basic constitutional rights.  These law-abiding citizens themselves become candidates for criminal incarceration (without trial) if they 1) associate with their children without government authorization, 2) become the targets of trumped-up accusations of domestic violence or child abuse that are rampant in divorce courts, 3) fail to pay the crushing and often impossible “child support” payments that can easily consume their entire income, or even 4) cannot pay the fees of lawyers they have not hired.

This article continues at [Daily Caller] How the Government Creates Shooters (And Other Criminals)

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