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Senate Democrats considered gun control legislation last week in response to the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, but Republicans questioned whether such a response would actually address the real problem.
“Why is our culture suddenly producing so many young men who want to murder innocent people?” asked Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. “Could things like fatherlessness, the breakdown of families, isolation from civil society, or the glorification of violence be contributing factors?”
They absolutely are contributing factors, said Lynne Marie Kohm, professor of family law at Regent University School of Law, on “Washington Watch.” “The state of the family makes a huge difference.” After extensive research on juvenile violence, Kohm has compiled a list of five “common denominators for all of these boys” who turn violent:
1. “Very little parental involvement.” Kohm explained that the parents of these boys didn’t spend enough time with them to know who they hang out with or who their friends are. Whether it’s conversations, hobbies, or other activities, the parents are “just not involved in the child’s life.” And their ignorance breeds distrust, particularly when warning signs appear. “They’re almost afraid of their own child,” she said.
2. “Some kind of stress on the child.” Bullying is a common stressor, Kohm identified, but there are other types as well. Children don’t have the means of coping with stress on their own; they need their parents to teach them how to manage it.
3. “A whole lot of time alone.” Idle solitude “leaves all kinds of time to do things that increase this radicalization toward violence,” explained Kohm. Lonely youth are also disconnected from the benefits of community that teach them to value other persons and can act as a counterweight to radical ideology.
4. “Loss of a sense of truth” and morality.
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