Mark Meckler highlights on Patheos an important commonality among school shooters:
Fatherlessness is a serious problem. America’s boys have been under stress for decades. It’s not toxic masculinity hurting them, it’s the fact that when they come home there are no fathers there. Plain and simple. Add that to a bunch of horrible cultural trends telling them that everything bad is good (gang culture, drugs, misogyny, etc.), and we’ve got a serious problem on our hands.
Venker goes on to explain that of CNN’s list of the “27 Deadliest Mass Shootings In U.S. History, only one was raised by his biological father since childhood.
This is definitely in keeping with my related suggestion that attempting to make boys respond to stressors more like girls do is the wrong direction. Boys need to learn how to channel their masculinity, not suppress it or replace it with femininity. And one needn’t be credentialed in psychology to propose that the habits and attitudes of doing so are best learned by observing one’s father. These nuances are subtle.
Of course, school shootings are just one extreme manifestation of our society’s problem. On National Review, Roger Clegg points to another:
… any intelligent analysis of continuing racial disparities has to come to grips with the fact that the out-of-wedlock birthrate among African Americans has tripled since the 1960s, so that now seven out of ten African Americans are born out of wedlock. And being born out-of-wedlock correlates strongly with all those other numbers: education, employment, income, and so forth.
As Clegg intimates, mainstream conversation about this obvious observation seems all but verboten. Again, one needn’t be credentialed in sociology to propose the explanation that those who set the mainstream conversation find it easier to locate the problem with other people. Admitting the role that our move away from traditional expectations for relationships has played in the most vexing of our social problems would require them to reevaluate their own behavior and ideology, and that would simply be asking too much, even in the face of shootings, suicides, overdoses, and the maintenance of a racial underclass.