Cause of Violence: Guns or Family Breakdown?

From Laurie Higgins:

Another horrific mass killing, this time at a community college in Oregon. And once again President Obama preached against guns, proclaiming angrily that he would use this shooting for political ends. Again and again, when a man mows down innocent people, liberals put gun-ownership in their sights, which is like looking at the problem of teens who cut themselves and angrily proclaiming that the problem is easy access to razor blades. Women have access to guns too. If guns are the problem, then why aren’t any mass (or serial) killers women?

Of course, gun control and the Left’s obsession with killing the Second Amendment by a thousand regulatory cuts are political issues, but if the Left truly cared about protecting society from gun violence, they would look beyond the cheap, superficial, but good-for-rallying the troops issue of gun control. They would look at the deeper issue of family breakdown that likely contributes in some and perhaps many cases to mass killings and serial killings, and most certainly contributes to gang violence like that which plagues Obama’s adopted home of Chicago.

Perhaps guns aren’t the central problem. Perhaps the breakdown of the family inflicts incalculable harm on children. Perhaps the breakdown in the family renders boys less capable of responding in healthy ways to other trials in life. If only President Obama would use his bully pulpit to take our devotees of easy-peasy divorce, out-of-wedlock births, and fatherless and motherless homes to the woodshed, maybe he could actually do some good.

Here is a list of just American mass killers (yes, mass killers are found all over the world). Please note that not all of them used guns:

Andrew Kehoe killed 38 elementary school children, 2 teachers, 4 other adults, and wounded 58 in Bath Township, Michigan in 1927. Kehoe used explosives.

His mother died when he was 5. His father remarried, and Kehoe had a poor relationship with his stepmother.

Howard Unruh killed 13 in Camden, New Jersey in 1941.

His parents separated when he was 9, and he was raised by only his mother.

Richard Speck killed 8 nursing students in Chicago in 1966. He used a knife.

Speck was close to his father who died when Speck was 6. His mother remarried a few years later. Speck’s stepfather was an emotionally abusive alcoholic with a criminal record.

Charles Whitman killed 16 people at the University of Texas in Austin in 1966.

His father emotionally and physically abused Whitman and his mother.

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