That’s very interesting, Mitt.
We’ve had a lot of mass shootings in 2012. Were they caused by single parenting? Were these all young people?
- This guy shot a carload of seven teenagers in Philadelphia. 30 years old, married with children.
- Jeong Soo Paek burst into a spa his family owned near Atlanta, Ga, killed four relatives and then himself. He was 59, married with children. Also, he was previously acquitted of having murdered 3 other people in a completely seperate incident.
- Nathan Van Wilkins shot 17 people in a bar in Alabama. He was 44 years old. He also set fire to his former workplace, where he had been fired a few months before. He was divorced with children.
- School shooter T. J. Lane killed three fellow students near Cleveland. 17 years old, being raised by a grandfather.
- 30 year old John Shick fired into a Pittsburgh psychiatric clinic, hitting 7 people and killing one. He had been fired from his job for harassment. He seems to have been raised by two parents (but has changed his name many times, so it’s difficult to know for sure).
- A disgruntled former student opened fire on campus at Oikos University in Califormia, killing seven people. 43 years old, unmarried, raised by 2 parents and close to both.
- 19-year-old Jake England and 32-year-old Alvin Watts went on a racist killing spree in Tulsa on Good Friday, killing 5 people in separate shootings. The killings were partially motivated by the shooting of England’s father 2 years before.
- Ian Stanwicki, 40, opened fire at a Seattle coffeeshop and killed 5 people. He was unmarried, a loner, raised by two parents.
- James Holmes burst into a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight” and killed 12 people. Holmes was 24 years old and was raised by two parents.
- Wade Michael Page shot and killed 7 people at a Sikh temple in a white supremacist killing. He was 40 years old, a skinhead, and had just broken up with his girlfriend.
- Thomas Caffeell opened fire on Texas A&M campus and killed 2 people. He was 35 years old and had been raised by his mother and a stepfather.
- Jeffrey Johnson shot ten people outside of the Empire State Building. Johnson was 58 years old and had just been fired from his job inside the complex.
These are just the worst mass public shootings in 2012.
Let’s notice some things about this: these are not children in single-parent households - with one exception, these are grown men. All but one of them are white men. In the cases I was able to confirm, none of them were raised by single mothers.
Several of these men were ex-army. Several of them had recently lost their jobs. Several others had recently divorced, broken up, or lost a family member. Some of them had an ongoing history of mental illness.
ALL OF THEM HAD GUNS.