The cost of family destruction

There have been many studies showing the impact of divorce on children, particularly boys. National Review finds a common thread in recent tragedies:

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, as Al Gore would call it, an “inconvenient truth” for those who support easy, no-fault divorce. As the linked article acknowledges, it’s true that plenty of young men navigate a fatherless childhood and overcome it. But can we at least admit that expecting them to do so is placing them at a disadvantage that is no fault of their own? In a society that jumps through so many hoops allegedly “for the children,” why is it that we don’t place as much emphasis on strengthening families? Plenty of strangers would take a parent to task for feeding a Twinky or Big Gulp to a child… but where is the outrage over leaving that child with only one parent?

In a stable civilization, the family is valued as the foundation upon which all other relationships are constructed. In a degenerating society–such as ours–the State sees the family (…and the Church, and private organizations, etc) as competitors and a threat to its increasingly consolidated power. So it’s not surprising that the government is more concerned with treating the symptoms of the problem–such as mass shootings–rather than the possible causes.

Divorce is but one area in which we have sown the wind for three or four decades. Is it any wonder we are reaping the whirlwind?


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