We see around us more and more disturbing results of mass killings, teen violence, as well as teen suicide. Broken children have become broken adults. What do many of them have in common? A fatherless home, not my opinion but proven facts. What I am going to conclude does not in anyway lump all single families together. However, there are indisputable facts that a fatherless family is weakening both the family and in return society. Before there can be any positive change we must acknowledge the following irrefutable statistics:
According to "The Newsletter of the Bay Area Male Involvement Network, Spring 1997:
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census
90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (Source: Center for Disease Control)
80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes (Source: Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26, 1978.)
71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.)
75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes (Source: Rainbows for all Gods Children.)
70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept 1988)
85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home (Source: Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections 1992)"
"Fatherless Kids More Likely to Suffer Mental Health Problems!"
"There have been several studies finding that children from single parent homes (mostly single mother homes) are more at risk. But this is the first study (The Lancet, 25 January 2003) that covers almost an entire national population and takes into account social factors that could distort the outcome."
Even after adjusting the data to statistically eliminate economic differences, children with single parents were still twice as likely to have psychiatric disorders, attempt suicide, and abuse alcohol, and three to four times more likely to use narcotic drugs.
This data is from many years ago. How much have these numbers increased? How many of these fatherless children have become mass shooters, committed suicide, or repeated the cycle of fatherless families?
According to the Bullelephant: "The one common thread among all the recent mass shooters is they are children of single of mothers. These young men had no male role models in their homes. For 50 years, our society has encouraged women to be single mothers despite all the research proving it is detrimental to a child to be born into a home without a father. Children born to single mothers are twice as likely to become delinquent. "
From the National Review,
"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."
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."
Our latest Las Vegas mass shooter, Stephen Paddock, also came from a broken home; clearly we have seen the effect of a fatherless home on him. It's also worth noting that his brother Bruce, who had a long criminal history himself, was recently arrested for possession of child porn. Too many coincidences, wouldn't you agree?
Then there is this from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse." How about guns? Two of the strongest correlations with gun homicides are growing up in a fatherless household and dropping out of school, which itself is directly related to lack of an active or present father.
There's a direct correlation between fatherless children and teen violence.
It's no coincidence that much like the number of fatherless children, the number of mass shootings has exploded since the 1960s. Throughout the entire 1960s six mass shootings took place. That number doubled in 1970 and in the year 2012 America saw more mass shootings than what occurred in the entire sixties!
Our modern day family advocates tell us that we do not need the traditional (natural) family to raise healthy children. Again, the facts strongly refute this false claim.
Having a complete family consisting of one male, (father), one female, (mother), working together in a committed marriage to raise their children has an extremely high probability of resulting in a healthy household. Today's modern family, which is anything BUT one man and one woman in a committed relationship, is out of order from its original design and has proven to result in chaos.
So how do we get back to the family as nature intended it to be? First of all, we cannot change the past; we can, however, change the future. We need to educate leaders, parents, and future family members by reminding them of the past failures, especially future fathers. We can no longer afford to experiment with mother nature as it has proven to be detrimental to fatherless children as the facts clearly show.
Children must be given the security of an intact family. Society has made it too easy for either parent to walk away from the commitment of marriage and the consequences have just been too high.
We have reached a critical time in our culture where we must return to what has been natural since the beginning of mankind. The family, the cornerstone of all nations, must be returned back to its logical order. If not, we will not only continue to see an increase in the destructive behavior of our children but the eventual and rapid demise of this once great nation.
"As goes the family . . . so goes the nation".