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The REAL Cause of School Shootings, and How to Fix It

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CLEWISTON, Fl. – June 6, 2018

Another school shooting occurred in Clewiston, Florida this Sunday, June 3, 2018. 

When Deputies arrived on the scene, they located one victim who was conscious and suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was then transported for immediate medical attention to a local hospital.

Witnesses have reported that the vehicle was black , but they are not sure of the make, model and year. After the shooting, the suspect(s) left the area.

The Sheriff's office said they do not believe the community is in danger. The motive for the shooting is currently unknown.

This incident obviously isn't the first school shooting in America, and it won't be the last one either. Just a few weeks ago a Houston-area community grappled with a horrific reality that has unfolded in so many other places across the nation in the last several decades. 

On May 20th a 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and a pistol stormed Santa Fe High School, about 30 miles southeast of Houston, and opened fire in an art class.

The gunman killed ten people and wounded at least ten others, including a school resource officer who was left in critical condition.

The case received a massive public outcry. Unsurprisingly, afterward many politicians used the tragedy to advance their own respective political agendas: with those on the left calling for gun control, and those on the right calling for the arming of teachers, but none on either side have tried to get to the root causes of these tragedies and try to find the underlying connections that link  school shooting cases. And these links are there, for example, if we take a look at the commonalities between contemporary school shooters, essentially, all of whom have been males.

In the 2015 TEDx Talk below, Ph.D. scholar and men’s activist Warren Pharrell stated, “We often say, ‘school shootings; they’re the result of guns, of family values, of mental health problems. But girls live in the same families, with the same family values, similar mental health problems, the same violence on TV, and our daughters are not doing the shootings, our sons are.’”

This trend reflects the increasing disillusion and systemic issues faced by males in America today, issues which are largely ignored in mainstream discourse. The problem is that, in the liberal-dominated and female-centric world of modern education, masculinity, in our "hyper-sensitive" society is increasingly being considered “toxic.” Boys in our modern age are consistently punished, merely for acting like boys, and are not being properly transitioned into manhood. Schools today do all they can to make young boys “calm” and “attentive,” by taking away time spent outside during recess and disciplining them disproportionately for minor infractions. This contributes to preventing them from ever learning how to become real men and even having a healthy concept of what being a real man actually is.

Another element linking almost all of these shooters: they are brought up in fatherless homes (the Santa Fe tragedy, where the shooter used his father’s gun for his spree is a rare exception). In the United States, only 60% of children are born to wedded parents and around half of all marriages end in divorce. In addition, the US court system has a notorious bias towards mothers in family law cases. Within this anti-male context, it is extremely difficult for boys to ever develop into real men because they do not see healthy patterns of male behavior which they can imitate.

Boys, more and more, often grow up without a consistent male presence in their lives, and growingly feel isolated without someone to mentor them into adulthood. It is in this environment of isolation and lack of guidance where mental and behavioral issues can proliferate and go undetected.

This horrific act of male youths terrorizing schools with acts of violence has been a trend in America for almost two decades now and is indicative of an endemic problem in our society. And like most of the other endemic issues in America, it cannot be resolved merely by enacting more laws or throwing more money at it.

If you really want to prevent another Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Adam Lanza, Nikolas Cruz, or Dimitrios Pagourtzis, don’t donate to the Brady Campaign or the NRA, instead donate to organizations that help mentor young boys and help them grow into men. Don’t petition to ban weapons or arm teachers, petition for more outdoor time for kids and hands-on vocational training for teens.

As a conclusion: we should admit that our contemporary institutions have indeed advanced the position of women and girls but by doing so have also made a negative impact on the lives of men and boys. We need to create new and responsive systems that properly understand the fundamental differences between the way boys develop and the way girls develop while helping both sexes innovate and achieve at comparable rates. This is the key that will help to resolve many problems including the horrific trend of disillusioned boys committing school shootings. Furthermore, it will also be a huge step towards ending the so-called “gender wars” that have perforated American society for decades.

Author: USA Really