After the terror attack on Orlando, there’s been more debate than ever about what should be done to stop these sort of attacks..
We have a president who refuses to accept that radical Islam is part of the problem.
And yes, it is part of the problem.
We have a portion of the country that thinks AR-15’s and rifles like the AR-15 are the problem…
I don’t agree with that one bit. But that’s a discussion for another day.
In my mind, there’s a third issue at hand. And it’s something I wrote about after the Paris terrorist attacks.
Think back to all of the mass shootings that have happened over the last 10-15 years…
Columbine was one of the first that really woke everyone up, and I remember that one as clear as day.
Sandy Hook traumatized our entire nation for weeks as a bunch of innocent kids were killed.
The commonality between almost all of these mass shootings is that they involve young men.
These aren’t being carried out by women or guys in their 50’s.
It’s almost always confused and angry young men.
After the Paris attacks, I wrote that these young men are the first generation of men to really grow up without a strong male role model in the house.
When I was growing up, my dad was my hero. He ran the house. My mother always jokingly said that he had “brass balls and a tender heart”. He was a great role model for me in terms of what it meant to be a man.
If we go back even further, most of our ancestors lived in a time where the sons would work with their father out on the farm most of the day.
Young boys were side-by-side with their fathers for most of the day, learning from him.
And I believe this created numerous generations of men who not only had good male role models in their life, but who also learned about hard work and earning their keep.
But that’s not the case anymore…
Now-a-days, there’s more young boys than ever growing up without a father.
Whether that’s because of divorce, dad working too much, or their father just being an absentee dad.
And it’s created a generation of young boys that are angry, hurt and looking for attention.
I think this is part of the problem and nobody is talking about it.
Politicians will never talk about it because it doesn’t make for a good soundbite for TV.
If the real problem was guns, we’d have just as many women and older men shooting up places as well.
But we don’t.
It’s almost all young men who commit these acts.
So what’s the solution?
I wish there was an easy one. But I don’t think there is.
Deep down I believe that if every family had a good male rolemodel, we’d be seeing a lot less of these mass shootings.
A strong father in the house can do wonders.
And it’s just one of the many reasons, I’m going to thank my dad today for raising me the right way.
We didn’t always see eye-to-eye, especially during my “rebel” years in highschool. But I’m glad that he raised me to be the man that I am today.
With that said, happy father’s day to all of the great fathers and great men out there.
You have more of an impact on your young sons and daughters than you could ever know.
And we ALL benefit from that.
Enjoy your Sunday…
– Jeff Reagan
Founder, Patriot Health Alliance