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...


is the managing editor of the Howard Center's quarterly journal, The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #35, Winter 2015 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |