John DeVore’s tweet is meant as a joke, but it brings up some of the most important conversations we need to have in order to help prevent young men from becoming both perpetrators and victims of violence. After all, between the ages of 15-25, the second leading cause of death for young men is homicide. Even after that, until age 35, homicide is the third leading cause of death.
How have we failed our boys and young men?
What support systems need to be put in place to support young men in this country who are struggling?
What major changes do you believe need to happen to help reduce violence perpetrated by young men in their late teens and 20s?
How do we identify which young men are going to be perpetrators of mass events like Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Boston and others?
And ultimately, how do we talk honestly about the issue of male-perpetrated violence without casting masculinity as the cause? Because we know that the vast, vast majority of men are good citizens who are adding to the goodness of the world.
How do we address these as issues surrounding men, without casting all young men in the same light?