Boys Need Fathers: Trail Life USA Boss Links Violent Teens to Fatherless Homes

Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA, talked about one of the least discussed aspects in school shootings on the Todd Starnes Show, the absence of male role models found in the shooters’ lives.

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A main talking point in school shootings is that these tragedies could have been avoided. Examples stemming from hints of massacres and disturbing activity on social media, history of mental illness that had never been dealt with or even just bullying have been pathways for troubled boys to fall down a dark path.

For Hancock, having a father in the home or a father figure has to be the most pivotal missing piece in the puzzle that never seems to be mentioned in the media.

“We really need to get to the core of it,” he said. “The last 56 shootings, only 18% of the shooters had a stable home life and the others didn’t have a father in the house. 82% of these shooters didn’t have a dad-like figure in the house. Maybe there’s something in that.


The deterioration of men in today’s society has spiraled into boys growing up being told they have little to no worth and that their traditional roles in the family and culture is rooted in “toxic masculinity”.

Trail Life USA also encourages men who don’t have kids to find a boy with no male role model and be present and engaged in their lives. By first acknowledging the science that boys and girls are different, men can positively structure the direction of their lives.

“We have to get back to recognizing the power of boyhood,” he said. “It’s not like it’s some kind of social disease that needs to be eradicated. There is something in a boy that, if developed properly through winning and focused men who are leading them, that boy becomes a winning and a focused man.”

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