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'Gun Culture' -- What About the 'Fatherless Culture'?

gyrene74 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 4:03 PM
Larry, I want to personally say thanks for this article. At my age (75) I can truthfully say that I have seen much. And, I fully believe that the point in our history where both parents (if available) went to work, and the "latch key" generation began to evolve, is when the "family" began to fall apart. Women's Lib fostered the notion that a woman could do anything. Raising kids, running a home, and being president of a corporation, if she so wanted. They forget to tell her that all that was sure to drive her crazy as well. And then, as your article so correctly stated, the percentage of unmarried women having babies without the benefit of a husband has soared tremendously.
gyrene74 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 4:11 PM
Add to that, the negative education that our children get at some of the "schools" they attend is a very big influence. More so than the "book" learning that they are supposed to be getting. It's so easy to "bond" with those at school, especially without a decent home life.
The local sheriff stated on TV that those kids getting into trouble usually wind up in his office at around 12, or 13 years of age. When he asks them where they see themselves by age 18, the most prominent answer they give is, "In Jail, or Dead". That isn't much incentive to try to live a decent life.
The district attorney gave a talk to our Parish Council, and other leaders of the community. He stated that our murder rate rose from 40 to 45 pre-Katrina, to 90 to 95
gyrene74 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 4:15 PM
post Katrina. He stated that that was the New Orleans trash being washed out, and settling in our community. Don't get me wrong, I am not a racist. My Cardiologist is black, as well as more than one of my doctors. I trust my life to these wonderful people.
But, again, the family unit is tantamount to success in raising a family., regardless of color. And, unless that issue is addressed, there will only be a worsening of the conditions existing today.

The face of gun violence is not Sandy Hook. It is Chicago.

In 2012, President Barack Obama's adopted hometown had 506 murders, including more than 60 children. Philadelphia, a city that local television newscasters frequently call 'Killadelphia," saw 331 killed last year. In Detroit, 386 people were murdered.

Since 1966, there have been 90 school shootings in the U.S., with 231 fatalities. Yes, Sandy Hook shocked us. But the odds of a child being killed at a school shooting are longer than the odds of being struck by lightning.

Of the 11,000 to 12,000 gun murders each...