Broken Families Far More Lethal To Children than Guns

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


It’s not the gun culture, it’s the broken family culture.

A new Justice Department study looking at violent crimes committed against “youth”—defined as Americans from 12 to 17 years of age—discovered that the rate of “serious violent crime” committed against youth by a perpetrator using a firearm dropped 95 percent from 1994 to 2010.

The study—“Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010”–also discovered that American youth who were victims of a serious violent crime in 2010 were six times more likely to have been attacked by a perpetrator wielding a knife than one wielding a gun.

The study, released Dec. 20, also discovered that an American youth was 3.8 times more likely to become the victim of a serious violent crime if he or she lived in a home where the householder was unmarried than if he or she lived with married parents. In 2010, 7.4 out of every 1,000 youth living with married parents became the victims of a serious violent crime. At the same time, 27.8 out of every 1,000 living with an unmarried householder became the victims of a serious violent crime.

We could ban more things or we could look for ways to help keep families together. Banning more things will not help plug a gap created by broken families and absent fathers. Rebuilding families however is proven to fight crime.

  • Annie Bodie

    RE: "It’s not the gun culture, it’s the broken family culture."

    WRONG!

    You are using the Left's template to chisel at the Second Ammendment!

    …….I hate it when "our side" cut & paste "editorial" artists use the Left's Hegelian-Marxist Alynsky dialectic!

  • polnick

    Strong doors with peepholes are all that is needed for home protection; the majority of violence takes place outside the home. Victims of muggings rarely report the incident to the police. Most feel the damage is already done or don`t feel in the mood to fill out a long form in a creepy station house. There might be twenty muggings for each one reported, be aware that dimly lit streets are where 90% of muggings take place.

  • Mary Sue

    There's another angle to the broken families being more lethal to children. Most children that are victims of homicide, are victims of a non-related individual, such as a boyfriend or girlfriend or step-parent.

    • UCSPanther

      True. In many child abuse cases, the perpetrator is often a live-in "spouse" (In relative terms), such as a live-in boyfriend who has zero connection to the children.

  • patron

    Broken homes reflect the evil of the people who live in them. Drugs, pettiness, selfishness and cruelty break the home long before a parent leaves.

    The worst part exists in the fraud currently pushed by the Democratic party, subsidizing addicts and encouraging broken homes just to stay in office and saying all that's needed is more school funding. It's practically treason.

    • Mary Sue

      Is it just me, or are people just not careful about who they get into relationships with?

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