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Faith and Fathers are the Solution to Gun Violence

Faith and Fathers are the solution to Gun Violence

Gun violence will not cease, regardless of policy changes, in an increasingly godless culture.

Too often we look to government to solve our problems when so evidently, government is not capable. Shooters with the intent to kill do not care about the law. In most cases their gun is obtained illegally, as it was in the recent school shooting at Noblesville, Indiana. No law or ban will stop those who are intent on breaking the law to the extent of murder. Attempting to remove guns from the equation is like treating the symptom of a misdiagnosed disease. Making good people helpless doesn’t make bad people harmless. This is not to say that some restrictions shouldn’t be put in place, but our efforts would be better spent focusing on the root cause of violence – the epidemic of nihilism and fatherlessness.  

We desperately need to shift our faith in government to faith in the objective, moral standard that is God. Faith leads us to the fact that marriage is an institution designed by God as a reflection of His love for the church. Everything God intentionally designs is put in place for our well-being. When we decide to no longer adhere to the guidelines of the institution He created for us, our well-being begins to disintegrate as our immorality escalates. We cannot reject God’s institutions and expect to live peacefully. Our wellbeing is inextricably dependent on our adherence to God’s design.

The percentage of women who are having children before marriage or unmarried is higher now than ever before. The Washington Post, a left-leaning news outlet, states that “Single motherhood has grown so common in America that demographers now believe half of all children will live with a single mom at some point before the age of 18…Research suggests that children with two parents fare better in many ways- in school, in their own relationships- than children with only one parent.” Staggeringly, over 70 percent of black children are born to an unmarried mother. If Black Lives Matter truly cares about blacks lives, they should start by battling that statistic.

Over 80 percent of young people in prison grew up in a fatherless household. 26 of the 27 deadliest shootings were committed by boys who grew up without fathers. According to Prager University, children who grow up without fathers are five times more likely to commit crimes and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. The overwhelming lack of fathers to guide young boys’ aggression is undeniably linked to the rise in senseless violence over the years; the lack of fathers is due to the rise of nihilism.  

Fatherlessness is an epidemic that the left would rather ignore. They claim that a mother and father can fulfill the same role. They’d have you believe that two mothers is no different than a mother and father, but statistics show that this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Fatherhood is paramount. Children suffer gravely when a father is not present in their lives because this is not the way God designed marriage to be. It is no wonder that children suffer in result of a distortion of God’s order. Faith leads us to respect God’s institution of marriage, leading to more faithful fathers and mentally healthy children.

Our culture campaigns with phrases such as “my truth” and “your truth” and wonders why heinous acts of violence and immorality occur so frequently. Our society has become one that rejects the notion of personal responsibility and wonders why so many households are fatherless.  Additionally, the role of fatherhood is devalued. Fathers have no say as to whether or not their child is killed in the womb. Masculinity is frowned upon while young boys desperately need a masculine role model; the trademark of masculinity being the ability to protect and defend truth and righteousness.We cannot create a harmonious society until objective morality is widely recognized and accepted, and marriage and fatherhood are valued as a result. This is not to say that atheists or relativists can’t be moral people, but their sense of “morality” is volatile and incomplete.

In conclusion, a relationship with the Lord is immeasurably important. A good father can’t always be had on earth, but a perfect Father can always be had in Him. We live in an incredibly imperfect world, and trying to mend it without looking to perfect love, justice, and goodness Himself is vain and unproductive. This doesn’t mean we need an assembly of church and state or a religiously oriented government. Faith must always be freely chosen. We do, however, need a faith-driven, institutionally adherent people who recognize the need for fathers and objectivity in order for senseless violence to ever stop.

 

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Gabrielle Temaat

Gabrielle is a junior at Arizona State University studying economics. She is an Intercollegiate Studies Institute honors student, a writing tutor, and a competitive tennis player. She loves writing about morality, politics, and the catholic faith.

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