Parental Guidance Required

Youth Violence & Family Breakdown

In October of this year, a deranged young man named Christopher Harper-Mercer walked onto the campus of Umpqua Community College in Oregon and opened fire, killing nine people and injuring nine more.

The following weeks featured a blizzard of media attention, most of it focusing on how such a tragedy could have been avoided. The usual suspects were called up—shortcomings in the care of mental illness, too-loose gun control laws, the trauma of childhood bullying. But the media studiously avoided two significant facts: First, Harper-Mercer specifically targeted Christians, and second, his parents were divorced.

Two Neglected Facts

The first fact is...


is the managing editor of The Natural Family, the quarterly publication of the International Organization for the Family.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #35, Winter 2015 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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