Yesha Callahan

Guns Kill People, Not Single Parenting

James Holmes, Jared Lee Loughner, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold have a few things in common. Besides being the people behind some of the most infamous shooting massacres in the United States, they are all from suburban households with two parents.

Maybe Mitt Romney forgot about these vicious individuals during the last presidential debate. Or perhaps, he just wanted to use yet another Republican scare tactic, when out of nowhere, he tried to correlate single parent households with gun violence.

As a single parent, I was left feeling offended by his assumption that eventually my son would be apart of violence involving a gun. Even as a person that was raised by a single parent, guns weren’t even something I was exposed to. As a matter of fact, I didn’t hear my first gun shot until I was 30-year-old, and living in the suburbs of Maryland. No where near an inner-city. I will be the first to say, that I believe in the right to bear arms. But I do not condone some of the practices of the NRA. The NRA that does not protect the sale of automatic weapons, nor do they care about the statistics behind the deaths of so many in the inner-cities.

Legislation was once passed banning assault weapons and their drum ammunition attachments. From 1994 to 2004, there was a Federal ban on assault weapons, but it was only in effect for 10 years. Finger pointing does not need to be done to single parents. Romney needs to point the finger at the government and legislation that allows easy access to guns and the domino effect that comes after they get into the wrong hands. Romney’s record on gun control also proves that he’s still a flip-flopper.

Campaigning for the Senate in 1994, Romney said he favored strong gun laws and did not “line up with the NRA.” But he signed up for “lifetime membership” of the NRA in August 2006 while pondering a presidential run, praising the group for “doing good things” and “supporting the right to bear arms.”

Sure there is crime, drugs, and gun issues in the inner-city, but there are also the same issues in other areas as well. These issues can fall into all types of family environments, whether it’s a single parent or two parent household. Until the government enforces stricter gun laws, gun violence will always be an issue.

  1. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    Also a single mom and I do not correlate single parenthood and gun violence at all. I know people from two parent families who also turn out “bad”. But I do disagree with the title. Guns don’t kill people. Idiots with guns do, but I understand your logic.

  2. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    Hmmm….I might step on some toes here but I do believe single parent homes are partly to blame. We can point fingers at homicidal white maniacs all we want, but the reality is violence in the black community—which is overrun by single parent homes–cannot compare to that of whites.

    If we look at it from a ratio/population standpoint the situation is bleak.

    And there is the reality that gun violence wasn’t anywhere near as problematic when there were fathers in the home.

    It is your job to parent your kids and keep guns out of their hands. The government can only do so much when guns are being sold illegally on the street everyday. The people selling the guns more than likely come from single parent homes. The people buying the guns more than likely come from single parent homes. The people being terrorized by the violence more than likely come from single parent homes. When are we going to stop being OFFENDED and start facing some hard truths???

    To the author: The fact that you can’t see the generational pattern of single parent homes in your own family speaks volumes. It has become the norm for you because you don’t know anything else. Those of use from two parent homes can see a STARK DIFFERENCE between our way of thinking and those from single parent homes (i.e, we don’t put the burden on the government to completely control the situation…good old fashioned child rearing is a significant piece of the puzzle).

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @Ask_ME

      …to add to your “generational pattern” insinuation… Don’t always assume a single parent comes from an out of wedlock birth. Ever heard of divorce? A widow? Adoption?

      So to say something has become the norm for someone is a huge assumption.

      • October 22, 2012 - Reply

        @Yesha

        Even if we don’t assume that we still need to face the reality that the vast majority of black births are out of wedlock. The vast majority of people living in single parent homes were born OUT OF WEDLOCK….not via married parents.

  3. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    I don’t know why Black people get so defensive when it comes to out of wedlock births. It’s a fact people from single parent homes make-up more than half of the prison population. It’s a fact that children from two parent households do better in school. Lets stop trying to re-invent the wheel.

    I feel like single motherhood has been so glorified in our community that the great story of a single mother doing it all alone, her kids stay away from all of the pulls of the world, and goes on to graduate college is thought of as the rule when actually it’s the exception. All of these “single mommies” aren’t doing such a great because if they were I think the statistics would show that.

  4. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    Yesha, never have I ever seen a gun that wasn’t operated by a human being just fire off and shoot someone. Guns do not kill people. There are however instances where people use guns to kill, harm etc other people. Just wanted to make that perfectly clear. Secondly, we do not need to make it more difficult for people to exercise their 2nd amendment rights. We need to make it more difficult for people who seek to cause harm and general destruction to have access to guns with which they might do.

    We have plenty of mechanisms in place for gun sellers to make informed decisions about to whom it is safe to sell guns. In NJ we have rigorous, somewhat ridiculous rules, regulations, etc to prevent people with histories of violence and mental illness from purchasing guns. Stricter gun laws often make it difficult for the very same population RESPONSIBLE enough to go and learn to shoot and get a license and purchase a gun legally to do so. Do you really want those responsible, law abiding people to have a harder time utilizing their rights? I don’t.

    I agree that Mitt (Flip) Romney has changed his stance multiple times one gun control and I think most of us can agree that he will do what he can to appease the NRA which is a powerful voting block. However in watching the video where Mitt Romney speaks on gun violence and the tie to single parenthood he DOES NOT single out single moms or single dads he seems to speak directly to the FACT that children raised in environments where there is both a strong male and female presence (did you catch the very impartial language there? I’m not advocating any type of relationship over another) do far better than children raised in single parent households. He has a point and I think this article is a bit of a jump on the wave of appeal to emotion which logically is no grounds for an argument at all.

    Here’s the link to Mitt’s comments regarding gun control and ties to single parent homes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIUyGrvMpVg

    Disclosure: I’m not a republic or a democrat. I have common sense and I thinking brain.

  5. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    Do people really think that if the majority of black men were born into marriage two parent homes the number on them in jail will greatly decrease?

    I’m not defending single parenting homes but the war on drugs (aka war on black men and Latinos and the main reason so many black men are in jail) is about race, not how parents raised you. Racist cops don’t give a damn about your upbringing when they are stopping and frisking with a racial bias. Racism is the reason black men are overepresentated in jail. Black men makeup 13% of the drug users but 60% of the prisoners incarcerated for drugs.

    Sorry if I strayed off topic (gun control) but I wanted to put that out there.

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @Yb

      Do people really think a majority of the Black men incarcerated are being framed?

      As far as “driving while Black” and stop and frisk laws go, if you know you’re going to be targeted why prove the racist cops right by having drugs or an illegal gun on you? I feel like we should know the game by now.

      And the reason why we have all of these problems in the Black community is largely caused by how people are raised. We didn’t have nearly the amount of rights and resources in the 40s and 50s as we do now but people weren’t running out killing each other like they are now. Why? Because people actually took the time to parent and didnt just pop out babies they KNOW they didn’t have the time or money to care for.

      • October 22, 2012 - Reply

        @KayKay

        @KayKay – Uh oh. Accountability is a hard one. I 100% agree about how many people did better back then under worse conditions.

        Planning is KEY! That is the biggest reason why kids from two parent households do best. Parents sit down and PLAN to have a child. They both want the child. They PLAN the future of that child. They are a stable unit and are the first role models for that child. In many single parenting cases, there is no planning. Just oops! Men don’t step up. There is no stable unit. There is no man to be a male role model. Mothers have to do the best they can which is just not a good term to use in my opinion. Of course we know there are single mothers who plan and do things right, so don’t get defensive.

        I strongly believe in your and Bill Cosby’s message that parents need to do better. I don’t expect black neighborhoods to become amazing overnight, but many parents single and two-parent need to do better and stop pointing the finger at rappers, bad schools, Basketball Wives, and the NRA.

        That Moynihan report talked about these problems. People dismissed it as racist. I still don’t understand after decades of this kind of parenting and seeing the results why people don’t see the connection between unstable households and kids that are dysfunctional who grow up to be adults that are dysfunctional who have kids that they don’t raise well who go to repeat the cycle. What’s worse is when black people who know better and are in a position to lead and help less educated people coddle and support their actions and make excuses for them.

        I just don’t know of another culture where people even sit around and talk about this kind of stuff.

      • March 14, 2013 - Reply

        @KayKay

        “We didn’t have nearly the amount of rights and resources in the 40s and 50s as we do now”

        To a degree however we do need to understand that as a collective, we were still intact as now we arent.

        Crime rates for blacks were in the single digits
        80% of black households were two parents

        Blacks owned the majority of the businesses in their neighborhoods.

        Unemployment for blacks was the lowest its ever been.

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @Yb

      There was an article on here a couple of weeks ago about violence in these neighborhoods where some reporter spoke to some gang member. They were saying that they violence won’t stop. Killing is the only way and other nonsense.

      I definitely think these men most likely would NOT be shooting each other in the streets if they were raised properly.

      MANY things are tied to raising kids correctly. People refuse to look in the mirror and see that. I could listen to the stupidest rap song and not be influenced by it to do what they do because my parents raised me a certain way. I can watch TV and not think I need to act like Snooki from the Jersey Shore because of parenting. Americans like to blame the media and pop culture for the mature way kids act these days, but….. the media and pop culture can be pushed away by good parenting. Things like not letting your kids watch TV throughout the school week and monitoring what they do watch would help.

      The black community likes to talk about bad role models, rappers, and the influence of hip hop, and the NRA when it’s people behind the guns doing the shooting. What makes a person turn to violence? Unstable households are a big part of the problem. If we look at the childhood of many killers, they come from unstable households and had bad childhoods whether that’s single parenting or not.

      I’m just saying parenting plays a big part, and it is harder to raise stable kids in a single parenting home.

      When it comes to drugs, I know that the police chose to target crack more than cocaine, but when it comes to other crime especially gun violence, there is a reason why BM are overrepresented. That is because they commit a disproportionate amount of crime with guns.

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @Yb

      @Kaykay and ?!?

      The two of you really decided to take my comment and morph it into whatever you wanted it. Parts of your comments seem like your projecting.

      Nowhere did I state black men where being framed. I said they are disproportionately target by the police. Should they be caring drugs? No. Of course not.

      But my comment highlighted the reason why most black men are in jail (drugs), I didn’t speak in the correlation between single parent homes and guns. Idk why the two of you are failing to respond to what was posted in my comment and bring up other topics. :/

      @Kaykay

      “Why? Because people actually took the time to parent and didnt just pop out babies they KNOW they didn’t have the time or money to care for.”

      If you feel this is the case then what solutions do you have to offer? As well versed as you are in the topic of guns, parenting, and the history of the black community you must have steps to change the current state of the BC.

  6. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    A lot of people get these guns illegally. I am not a bit supporter of everyone owning a gun and taking their gun to work and Stand Your Ground types of laws, but let’s not pretend like single parenting hasn’t impacted inner city neighborhoods.

    Also your comments about hearing guns in the suburbs or killers from two parent households are kind of like the “white folks do it too” argument people make. Yes we know there is violence in the suburbs. Yes we know it was a white guy who shot up that theater in Colorado. An Asian guy went on a shooting rampage at Virgina tech, but who when people picture and unsafe neighborhood, they don’t picture the suburbs. They picture inner city neighborhoods.

    I am not a big supporter of the single parenting as the norm, but I do know that divorces happen, and there are some great single moms out there raising their kids right. But there are many single moms who need to do better. Subpar parenting in bad neighborhoods and bad influences can lead to children turning to the wrong people. I think there is a connection to unstable households and not being well-adjusted and crime.

    A lot of people get upset and emotional when people start saying “but you could do better” when they turn the mirror on you. A lot of black people get defensive when anyone criticizes the single mom norm in our communities. I was blown away by the response to the no wedding no womb idea.

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @?!?

      100 percent agree with you. While I don’t like how Romeny said it so much ( I just don’t like his personality ). For yrs figure heads in our community have spoken on how the singal parent household have impacted (our especially lower income ) communities . Yes there is violence in the suburbs, but trust it does not compare to some of the madness going on in the inner city. Yes there are kids from two family homes that get in trouble but I’m sure it doesn’t compare to the number of children from single parent house holds.

      No this is not knocking single mothers , because some have done out standing jobs. But for others the impact is major. I’m not trying to say single mothers put guns in their children’s hands either. I’m not trying to negate the fact that better educational opportunities , jobs and equal pay for women would help with this problem as well.

      Also while divorce or a break up might make a mother single , it doesn’t necessarily make her a single mother in the way that we think. As long as the father is emotionally , financially and mentally involved in the child’s life, then those two ppl are co-parenting , which is something our community needs.

      As a community we constantly talk about this in the media ( Soledad OBrian Black in America) eventual ppl from other walks of life are going to take that into account .

      • October 22, 2012 - Reply

        @Smilez_920

        “Also while divorce or a break up might make a mother single , it doesn’t necessarily make her a single mother in the way that we think. As long as the father is emotionally , financially and mentally involved in the child’s life, then those two ppl are co-parenting , which is something our community needs”

        i would disagree.kids learn how to be half of a functional relationship by watching their parents, so if mom and dad are just co-parenting where is the kid going to learn this? i would think that is why we have lots of black men who don’t know the value of marriage and family. they have kids all over the place, might even take care of those kids but will not marry the mother of their kids.just my opinion.

      • October 22, 2012 - Reply

        @Smilez_920

        Co parenting doesn’t mean the relationship between you and your child’s father is negative . I also don’t think it’s a bad thing . Maybe you are divorced or broken up. In that case co-parenting is just another way of saying you both are working together to actively raise your child , even though you two are no longer romantically involed .

      • October 22, 2012 - Reply

        @Smilez_920

        @Smilez

        i meant “one half of a functional committed romantic long term relationship”

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @?!?

      you and me are =><=

      and this;

      "I was blown away by the response to the no wedding no womb idea."

      me too dear,me too.

  7. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    I’m convinced the women of Clutch are the least progressive black women I have ever come across in a comment section. You always have something negative to say, whether it’s about gay people, single parents or black men. It’s a wonder people choose to write for this site, dealing with you crabs in the barrel women.

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @Anonymous

      any other day i would agree with you but on this topic i have to say majority of the women here are ok with having kids oow.

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @Anonymous

      Many people seemed to be progressive in supporting that gay couple that was married. I think the majority of the comments were positive.

      However being progressive in regards to bad choices mad by black men and black women is another thing all together. A lot of people like to act as if black women are doing something all new and progressive when it comes to single parenting. The results show that it is not working. Traditionalism works better in many cases. People think everything your grandparents did was old-fashioned and stupid.

      People seem to think the government should give mothers more money and better jobs so that they can raise their kids alone. That is why you’re supposed to have a FATHER involved. Kids are expensive. Men are supposed to take care of their kids not the government. The government doesn’t owe you anything. Women who have kids by men that refuse to step up and then complain that the government is anti-woman because they can’t afford to raise a child alone because the government needs to do x, y, and z are irresponsible in my opinion.

      I am not progressive about single motherhood because in many cases these mothers need outside help. People think the government should give more money. There was an article on this site about how fatherless men should step up and mentor other men’s children. I guess that’s being progressive. No one is obligated to help you raise your child other than the father.

      I think people like me are a minority in the black community. I guess everyone is progressive lol.

      • October 22, 2012 - Reply

        @?!?

        I meant to say childless men or men who already have kids not fatherless.

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @Anonymous

      Why is it negative? Did a commentor call single mothers a derogatory name? Did a commentor lie about the statistics? Be honest- are fatherless homes negatively impacting too many of our children?

      Can you point out a negative comment? Or is it the truth. If the truth is negative then ît’s clear we need to make changes in our community?

  8. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    I don’t see single parent households as a problems in regards to gun violence or children becoming bad seeds (of course there are other emotional problems kids might have.) I see violence as a product of poor parenting skills. I come from a single-parent home. My mom was separated from her my dad (none of this out of wedlock crap), and she was tough as nails. That’s why both my sister and I have advanced degrees. Blaming single parenting is lazy and insulting.

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @Nora Jean

      I think the response was lazy answer in the context of the question. I don’t think single parents are to blame but I do think the circumstances for some of single motherhood can leaves their child at risk to get caught up in negative activities ( especially if you live in a community where violence is the norm). Some children need that extra set of eyes, guidance and income to keep them out of trouble and not have them in the streets looking for attention .

      Yes parenting skills as a whole plays a big part. And yes Romeny using that as an answer to gun violence as a whole was very lazy, but lets not forget as a community we constantly talk about how the impact of so many single parent households have effect our neighborhoods .

      I’ve also taken into account like other bigger factors that play into gun violence in our community ( education , unemployment , youth employment services , after school programming , equal pay ).

  9. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    I’m delighted to know so many in our community have found the secret to a successful and long-term marriage. Please feel free to share your genius with the rest of us! Divorce not violent is the biggest threat to marriage. This comment brought to you by reality!!!

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @GeekMommaRants

      let me get this straight, because the divorce rate is so high women are choosing to have kids oow? is that right? even though these situations are SIGNIFICANTLY less stable than a marriage?

      i would think that people would know better than to bring up divorce in these discussions, whatwith over 70% of all black kids being born oow, comeon folks, REALITY!!

      • October 22, 2012 - Reply

        @lol

        The point is winning the lottery is awesome, but don’t bank on it.

        What is difference from having a child while married when 70% of marriages fail. A divorced woman is NOT a baby momma?

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @GeekMommaRants

      @GeekMommaRants
      No a divorced woman is not a baby momma. A divorced woman is an ex-wife who tried to do things the right way but things didn’t pan out so well. A divorced woman can get alimony, can a baby momma? No, all a baby momma gets is child support if she’s lucky. Divorced daddies generally stay in their children’s lives a whole lot more than baby daddies do because children born to married people are generally planned for.

      • October 22, 2012 - Reply

        @KayKay

        Agreed, I’m saying three years post divorce. The “Divorced daddies generally stay….” I wish this were the case. Rarely, have I seen that.

  10. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    As long as there is a healthy black market for guns, gun laws won’t change anything. There are way too many illegal guns out there for any legal action to be significant.

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @bk chick

      Bingo! You can get a gun these days faster than you can get candy in nearly ALL neighborhoods. So though these legal actions may serve as a preventive for some it is still a band-aid on a growing hole.

  11. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    For those that are getting OFF topic I feel, Romneys comment was in response to a question related to the recent gun violence using assault rifles(AK47S, massacres), not gun violence in the hood. We are talking about violence such as that which occured in the movie theatre. You know the type of weapons that people get when they are in the military etc. Its about the type of weapon that quite naturally should NEVER be allowed to be issued to everyday folks with massive amounts of ammunition. Once you take that into consideration you see why his response was assinine. Again the question was not about street violence. Obama directly answered the question while Mitt rambled on about single mothers and Mexicans. Please go back and watch the debate!
    I think this is the message the author is trying to convey!

    • October 22, 2012 - Reply

      @mickey

      If the US decided civilians could not own guns, do you think violence would go down in these neighborhoods? A lot of men get these guns illegally.

      The author is saying that single parenting has nothing to do with the violence in these neighborhoods. I disagree,but Mitt trying to bring up violence in these neighborhoods is actually off topic. I think the NRA tightening their rules in these neighborhoods would probably have no effect. Tightening rules and regulations might prevent Aurora theater shootings, but they won’t lower gang violence.

      You make a good point that Mitt’s response was silly (probably getting at his base with minorities are violent comment), but the author is saying that parenting has nothing to do with the violence in these neighborhoods. It’s the government and the NRA. I completely disagree.

  12. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    Trying to link gun violence directly to single parent homes is a desperate attempt by a craven individual. Attempting to justify single parent homes by exposing the idiocy of such a tenuous link is equally desperate in my book. The US of A is a violent society where access to firearms is just too liberal by any standards. We can crow about 2nd amendment rights all we want but until we restrict the ease of access to firearms in this country we will continue experience gun violence at the high levels we currently do. As someone once noted, when was the last time you saw a drive by stabbing?
    Guns, especially automatic weapons (semi-auto included) offer violent folks and opportunity to maximize their violent outbursts.

  13. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    I support two-parent homes, but I support proper child-rearing more. With saying that, it is obviously a problem with gun control within our suburban households as well as a single parent household. While reintroducing the values and the advantages of a two-parent household, we cannot rule out problems existing with gun control across the nation . This will reduce unforeseen massacres as well as street violence/crimes.

    I will not deny there is a correlation between crimes and children being raised in single parents homes; actually, I’m going to veer towards socio-economic levels and the home environment within single-parent homes. If the child is being raised within an environment without financial woes, values being placed on education, self-respect, and respect for others (principles); then I believe this leads to less crimes being committed by children from a single –parent home or for anyone within that manner. So just as a single-parent homes, the two- parent homes have missed the mark somewhere. This is why I didn’t agree with Romney’s statement. It would add to the minds of the already negative assumptions linked to kids from single parent homes: a life of crime, high-school drop outs, no desire to attend college. We can do better, but we can also place a spotlight on the ones that are overcoming those odds. This will encourage others to do better and not succumb to their circumstances.

  14. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    @Mickey
    Romney ” single parents =guns” rant was a out of context answer for the orginal question that was asked. Like most of his antics , he used it as a distraction to the main issue he was asked about.

    The comments I am seeing in the comment section aren’t completely off topic from this article . Lets be honest now that Romney has put this ” piece of info ( for lack of better words ” out there ppl are going to focus on it. It is going to be the center of debate for a lot of urban round tables.
    I mean last week the topic was ” marriage helping ppl get out of poverty” clearly this party is using certain issues (like marriage and single parent households ) as scape goats for bigger problems ( poor education systems , job Access/ training/ availability, equal pay and Gun control ).

    Even though I think most get the intent of the authors message , a new message has been put into the air that is grinding people’s gears.

  15. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    Mittens should not have called out single parents (ie single moms) publicly. Getting on women’s case publicly looks bad even if you are right.

    But single motherhood needs to be called out & shamed for what it is.

    Economic opportunity & strong high value male leadership will decimate the gun violence

  16. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    I believe single parenthood has a lot to do with the ills in the black community. It won’t get any better because ppl refuse to accept reality. Romney’s stance on the that was the only thing he said that I wholeheartedly agreed with. The numbers in the prison population and murders of young black kids don’t lie. The truth is a bitter pill to swallow sometimes

  17. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    Illegitimacy is root of destruction of the black community. This is not ideological. After 4 generations of black matriarchy, we now know the truth…. the end result. The facts are indisputable and clear. Who do you think is raping, robbing, killing and terrorizing the black community? ..70% of prison inmates come from single parent homes. Who do you think are the overwhelming majority of drop outs, unemployed, improvised stuck in dead end social engineering programs? Their is not one black community in this country with a high illegitmacy rate that is productive, functional raising and educating it’s black kids to compete academically with kids of other races. Not one! It amazes me how black folk reject common sense for the liberal talking points of their bought and paid for “all in” black leaders. I can’t do it. Love your people enough to speak the truth.

    We know pre 1960 black women had the highest marriage rate of any race and almost every black kid had a father in the home. The black community was productive and extremely stable in spite of abject poverty (I’m talking 8 in a 2 bedroom apt or shack), racism, discrimination and segregation. Are we suppose to now act like the black family and community has always been dysfunctional? That this is and has always been our culture? It’s an insult to our ancestors. I can’t do it.

  18. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    The black and white number of murders are almost the same 7,000. Even though the white population is aprox 263 mill and the black population is only 40 million. A black man is 9 times more likely to be murdered than a white man. 94% of all black murders are committed by other blacks.

    Sometimes we are so Politically Correct that we contradict basic commonsense and the observations of our lifetimes.

  19. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    First of all Mitt has no right turning a gun law question into an attack on single moms aka black mothers. We do not want to hear it coming from him , okay. The problem is here ( i.e. single households) , so what is going to be done about it?? Noone in the hood cares what Romney thinks we should be doing or how we need to raise our kids. He would be more effective coming up with solution based PLANS AKA ACTION,rather than just pointing out the problem, which in this case was totally off base.

    Let’s get to the root cause OF WHY we have so many out of wedlock births, WHY are so many women opting to procreate with men who are of no substance, WHY are fathers opting to leave their children, we all talking about the symptoms but noone is talking about the disease.

  20. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    People kill people!!!

  21. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    And those who pick up the guns that kill people are more likely to come from

    single parent homes. But go ahead and deny, deny, deny because denial has worked so well in the past.

  22. October 22, 2012 - Reply

    This is why Romney feels comfortable saying this…. because this is always where this argument goes. The topic is GUN CONTROL. How are these weapons getting in the hands of those in inner cities? Why don’t we have stronger gun laws? What is the punishment for those who sell guns illegally? etc.

    Yes, there are plenty of black children born out of wedlock in single parent homes. That is NOT the issue at hand. When you focus on the effect and not the cause, the NRA and their cronies (romney) get away by using smoke and mirrors.

    The issue is GUN CONTROL.

  23. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    If guns kill people the forks make people fat.

    A gun is an inanimate object. We need to focus on fostering a better society that will, if some chose to own them, use them responsibly.

  24. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    Just accept the truth, single parents are ruining society.

  25. November 3, 2012 - Reply

    Exactly, guns don’t kill people! People do! Stats don’t lie! A child is more likely to have more problems coming from a single parent home than, coming from a two parent home.

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