Mister Rogers and Mass Shootings

This is SO TIMELY! Gave me goosebumps, too. 🙂

I can’t help but wonder what proportion of children raised on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood like I was has committed a violent crime as compared to the proportion of children who were not raised on Mr. Rogers. Not to be greedy, but I’d like to see two questions, the first a yes or no question, and the second followed by five categories:
 
Have you ever committed a violent crime?
 
How many times a week did you watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?
1. Never
2. Less than once a week
3. Two or three times a week
4. Four or five times a week
5. More than five times a week
 
If a Democrat were to design this study, they would make it far more complicated and yet fail to get at the crux of the matter, the heart of the truth, with these two simple questions from which we could learn so much.
 
I wonder how many prisons would slowly empty, never to be refilled, if the only programming on television in prison was half an hour a day, twice a day, of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?
 
Rogers graduated from Latrobe High School (1946). He studied at Dartmouth College (1946–48), then transferred to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he earned a B.A. in Music Composition in 1951. Rogers was also a trained general aviation pilot.
At Rollins, he met Sara Joanne Byrd (born c. 1928), an Oakland, Florida, native; they married on June 9, 1952. They had two sons, James (b. 1959) and John (b. 1961).
In 1963, Rogers graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained a minister in the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. 
Rogers was red–green color blind, swam every morning, and neither smoked nor drank. He was a vegetarian on ethical grounds, stating “I don’t want to eat anything that has a mother.”
Despite recurring rumors, he never served in the military.

A Call For Fathers

A lot of people believe raising kids without their fathers no big deal.

Some people believe sons need their fathers, but daughters don’t.

Here’s reality:

1. Both sons and daughters do far, far better in an environment where both parents are reasonably present and available. fathersHowever, boys and girls react differently to the absence of their fathers.

2. Less than 3% of men in prison said they had a good relationship with their father growing up. Compare this to more than 40% for the general population. Thus, boys who don’t have a good relationship with their father while growing up are more than 13 times more likely to wind up in prison.

3. When you plot incarceration rates per capita in the U.S. over time, it very closely matches plots of divorce rates and rates of children born out of wedlock.

4. At 716 inmates per 100,000, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, more than 48% higher than the fathersrunners-up: Rwanda and Russia. Despite this, our crime rate remains average among industrialized nations. Clearly, “locking ’em up” isn’t solving the problem. Letting them out, however, wouldn’t solve the problem, either.

5. While boys with absentee fathers tend to feed the criminal population, girls with absentee fathers tend to produce more boys and girls with absentee fathers, thereby perpetuating the cycle.

The only long-term solution is simple, but effective:

1. Stop having sex out of wedlock. Naturally, having the love and stern guidance of a good father around helps a great deal. A good fathersfather helps keep their sons on the straight and narrow, and provides a great role model as well as incentive for their daughters to wait for the right man.

That’s it. People might think merely encouraging contraception will work. These myopic people forget we’ve been doing that for 50 years — half a century — while failing to realize the problem is worse than ever.