Quoting Quiverfull: Divorce Causes Mass Shootings?

Quoting Quiverfull: Divorce Causes Mass Shootings? November 12, 2015

quotingquiverfullby Matt Walsh of the Matt Walsh Blog as quoted by It’s The Women Not The Men – Good Guys  (linked through Do Not Link)

Editor’s note: This isn’t to put down gun control or support gun control. This is being posted because it is a perfect example of QF Fundamentalism’s tendency to take complex issues and reduce them down to something simplistic. That simple solution is always something ‘Bible based’ instead of researched, given any amount of deep thought or alternative solutions. Hungry? You must be lazy and the Bible says lazy people don’t eat. Have depression? You’re selfish. Sick? You must have sinned in some way… the list goes on and on. You disrespect others when you reduce different issues to some easy Bible fix.

Still, I can’t help but note that Ian Mercer was interviewed from the home he didn’t share with his son. The shooter came from a divorced family. He lived with his mother. Same was true of Dylann Roof, who also slaughtered nine people. Same was true of Adam Lanza, who massacred 20 children a couple years ago. All came from broken homes. None was close with his father.

In all of these cases, the media and Obama — and this time even the perpetrator’s father — diligently counted how many guns the killers had in their homes but failed to notice how many parents they had in their homes. That seems like quite a detail to overlook. Before we wonder if a guy’s access to guns turned him into a murderer, you’d think we’d pause to reflect on whether his lack of access to his own father might have played a role.

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  • MizzKittay

    Numerous people have mommy or daddy issues but we don’t see them shoot up everyone in sight. Next strawman argument please.

  • Allison the Great

    I’ve known people who have come from far worse than just a broken home. They’re not killing people. The people who leave quiverful, which is filled with “intact homes” that are far more fucked up than one can ever imagine and they’re not killing people. Let’s talk about the fact that the mothers of these kids didn’t teach their kids not to kill people.

    There are millions of people who come from single-parent homes who do not go out and shoot people.
    Let’s not sit here and talk about the media and the POTUS like they’ve got anything to do with what happened.

  • Nea

    And what, Mr. Walsh, was the marital status of Timothy McVeigh’s parents? Or Dylan Roof’s? Could it be that you are cherry-picking your examples?

  • Joy

    And people wonder why single parents leave the Church…

  • Nefercat

    And of course, it doesn’t occur to the disgusting cretin that the marriages of the parents of these shooters may have broken under the strain of trying to cope with a child who was presenting challenges long before they were finally diagnosed.

    It is not as though everything at home was rainbows and fluffy kittens and then suddenly mommy decided sonny didn’t need daddy or daddy decided to abandon his family just for the hell of it.

    Hey, chew on this, Mr. divorce expert. All the shooters you mentioned were white and male. Why aren’t the daughters of divorce mowing down friends, families, neighbors, and classmates? Why aren’t children of color doing the same?

  • pinkie

    Wait a minute, I thought abortion caused mass shootings. Or was it feminism?
    *runs in circles waving hands around* The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

  • B.A.

    LMFAO!

  • Saraquill

    Ever hear of the Hotchkiss mountain gun? It’s a multi barreled used to shoot hundreds of civilians, including children fleeing for their lives. It was used for massacres decades before divorce was common in the US.

  • Antoinette Herrera

    Shorter Matt Walsh: Single mothers are always to blame, whether their sons go on killing sprees or become the President of the United States. Doubly so if they’re divorced: that evil Jezebel spirit poisons and warps little boys cruelly denied the loving presence (and draconian discipline) of Godly, macho, patriarchal fathers. QED.

  • SAO

    Guns don’t kill people, divorce kills people? Nice try, but the problem is that it just doesn’t mesh with reality.

  • Mel

    The first massed school murder (and still the largest, I believe) in the USA happened in Bath, Michigan.

    A married man who was angry about having his taxes raised (and probably a psychopath) bought explosives over several months and hid them under the school building. He also timed a series of explosions ending with him blowing up his truck to maximize the deaths and injuries.

    He killed 44 people and injured 58 others.

    This happened in 1927. You know, the good ol’ days.

  • gimpi1

    I was going to start mentioning the killers who came from intact homes, but you beat me to the punch.

  • gimpi1

    Sooo, if divorce and single mothers raising sons causes mass shootings because a couple of murderers were the sons of single moms… and Josh Duggar molested his sisters and cheated on his wife with sex-workers… and he comes from a God-fearing, conservative Christian, intact, patriarchal quiverfull family… and his parents, in his defense, said that the sort of molestation he was guilty of is common among their peers… then, the conservative Christian patriarchal quiverfull lifestyle causes sexual predation, right?