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Our Nation Is Suffering an Epidemic of 'Fatherless' Children

James and Kimberly Snead, the couple who welcomed Nikolas Cruz into their home after his adoptive mother died in November, described the 19-year-old Florida school shooter as “very polite” and “normal,” during an interview on “Good Morning America” Monday. James Snead and his wife had tried to help Nikolas by letting him move in with them when his adoptive mother died last November. His adoptive father died in 2004.

“The latest school shooting in Florida is the ultimate nightmare,” said Glenn on the show today. “I don’t care who you are, it hurts your heart. Our hearts ache for the families of the murdered and injured students. There aren’t words for this kind of tragedy.”

Besides being a young male, the Florida shooter has something else in common with almost every single mass shooter in recent years — he grew up without a father, noted Glenn. “This isn’t to drum up sympathy for the murderers. And obviously, not everyone who grows up without a father has their life ruined, becomes a criminal, or worse. But America has an epidemic of fatherless homes and we are only getting worse.”

In 1960, just 5 percent of American children were born out of wedlock; today it’s over 40 percent. “Marriage means nothing to people,” Glenn said. “Our society is feeling the stress of more than half a century of this epidemic. So many of our children are lost and it’s getting worse.”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Where do we begin today?

I guess the quote, "He looked lost, absolutely lost." That's the way that James Snead described the 19-year-old Florida school shooter. He saw him up close. He was led inside of police headquarters in handcuffs.

James Snead and his wife had tried to help the teenager.

They had been -- they took him in. He was living with them. The shooter's mom who had adopted him when he was a baby, died last November. His adopted father died in 2004.

So this couple took him in. The latest school shooting in Florida is the ultimate nightmare. And I don't care who you are. It hurts your heart.

Our hearts ache for the families of the murdered and injured students. And there aren't any words for this kind of tragedy.

It's unreal to me that we're referring to this as the, quote, latest school shooting. We are caught in a vicious cycle of tragedy. And it's dividing us, because we're all trying to win.

We're -- we're pointing fingers. We're blaming. And we're -- we're making the other side into monsters.

When something like this happens, it's natural to scramble to pinpoint something or someone to blame. It's the human way of trying to make sense of a tragedy and trying to make things better.

It's the gun. It's the person. It's the FBI. It's the social services. It's the school district.

We all want to prevent this. All of us who -- those who believe in the Second Amendment and those who don't, we all want to solve this. But nobody has all the answers. And there isn't a single solution. And -- and we as a people are being pushed into ridiculous corners. The political hard left sees no issue other than guns. And you'll notice, it's, why won't the Republicans do anything?

And the hard political right sees no issue beyond gun rights. They're just coming after our guns.

Well, they can argue all they want. But that leaves this huge, deep canyon of problems, all in the middle, that everyone is refusing to even look at.

We're sick as a society. A kid could have walked in the 1960s into any gun store and bought any gun and all the ammunition he wanted at any time and no questions asked.

We didn't have shooters. There were more guns per capita 150 years ago than there are now. We didn't have people going in and doing this. Why?

What is happening to us? It is clearly not the gun! There is something deeply wrong and ill in our society.

Have you heard anybody talk about this one fact? The Florida shooter had something else in common with almost every other single mass murderer in recent years.

He grew up without a father. Why aren't we talking about that? The data is so clear about the links between fatherless children and violence and suicide and dropping out of school and drug and alcohol abuse.

Of the deadliest mass shootings in the last 15 years, nine of them were committed by males under 30 years old. Seven of those nine came from fatherless homes.

Now, this isn't to drum up -- oh, we're trying to -- no, we're not. We're trying to understand it.

And obviously, not everybody who grew up without a father has their life ruined, becomes a criminal, becomes a murderer. But America has an epidemic of fatherless homes! And we are only getting worse.

We are now saying that every single choice is acceptable, when we don't know if that is true.

We're conducting a grand experiment on the human race. And we have no idea -- do you know what really -- really the effects are, of your kids on social media? No. We can guess. I can tell you this, the leaders of Silicon Valley, they don't have their kids on Facebook. They don't have their kids on Instagram.

What do they know that we don't?

We don't know what that effect will be in 20, 30 years. It may be nothing.

How about video games? How about violent movies? Do you know that the -- that you can say all you want, my kids know. Well, they don't. Until they're 24, they don't.

The brain is different in children. Do you also know that even your brain, it doesn't separate fact from fiction. You can. You can.

You can look at that and go, well, that was a movie. But your brain processes the traumas exactly the same thing, as if you would have seen it firsthand. How many murders have we all seen? How many violent murders have we all seen?

Have we even noticed that heads pop on the screen now? That people take head shots and they pop and you see the gore?

Where were the people that used to say all the time, well, I don't want to see all the gore. That's in everything now.

You know, this -- this kid, he shot two people in the head. Head shots are pretty difficult.

Not only are they difficult in skill level, head shots are also really difficult emotionally. It -- it took us over 100 years to get people to do head shots on the first time shooting a human being.

There are so many problems. But can we talk about some of them that we can solve? In 1960, 5 percent of American children were born out of wedlock. Today, that's over 40. Forty! And it's not getting better, because marriage means nothing to people.

Why does it mean nothing? I hear the lecture my grandmother gave me. Do you think my grandfather and I loved each other all those years? Well, yeah, grandma, I kind of did. No. Marriage is hard.

Sometimes we chose just to stick it out, because we were married and it meant something. I don't want to bring more anger and divisiveness, boy, that is the problem. Our society is feeling the stress of more than half a century of this epidemic.

So many of our children are lost. And it's getting worse. Look at the depression and suicide rates. It's getting worse.

They have no moral compass. No truth to anchor their souls. Our schools, we should remove guns. Well, you've already taught them that you use a finger gun and it's dangerous. And yet, it seems to be getting worse, because the problem is in the soul. The problem is inside each of us.

How many of our kids are growing up without an identity? Or, you know what, a fake identity. They're growing up with a fake identity. Everything is great. You're perfect. You're special.

You know what, that's a lie. You're not -- I'm sorry. Your singing wasn't so good. Let's find some things that you are good at. Because everything is good at something. Just, not everybody is great at that.

Our kids don't know who they are. In the US, genealogy websites are the second most visited category site, after pornography.

Genealogy. Why? People are trying to figure out who they are. What is true? Where did I come from?

Having a father isn't a guarantee of anything. It's not a cure all. We make our own choices. We're responsible for our own choices. And there are plenty of abusive, or fathers that are in the home, but are completely absent. Trying to be a good dad. Seems like a niche thing these days. Trying to be a good man, I don't even know what that means. How do we expect a teenage boy to understand what a man is, when you can't even talk about it?

Try to understand what a -- what is a man? Tell me, what is a man? What is a good man? Is a good man a guy who picks up the recent Sports Illustrated bikini issue that doesn't have them in bikinis at all, but has -- what is it? No more hashtag bullcrap written all over their bodies, so we can teach our kids not to objectify women, through the objectification of women. Oh, my gosh. How do you expect a young man to grow up? How do you expect them to know what's right and what's wrong? What's up and what's down?

Our society is running the narrative right now that men are bad. That we don't place cultural value on masculine influence. We think we've evolved beyond the need for fathers. We don't need them anymore. Because they've done too much damage, you know.

And, men, you're not off the hook. We have not done ourselves any favors with our behavior. Too many of us are pigs. Too many of us are lazy. Too many of us are absent. And I include myself in these.

The unpopular truth is, we need a nuclear family. We need a father. We need to know what a man is.

The nuclear family is -- is not -- is not something from the 1950s. It's from the beginning of time. It's the bedrock of every society. And our bedrock has deep cracks into it. And it is starting to shake into sand.

You want to know what you can do? If you're a dad, dig in and do better. If you have the means, reach out and be a father figure to somebody who doesn't have a father.

We can make a bunch of reactionary laws, but laws mean nothing. Eventually, we can all be in a prison. And somebody will still be shivved in the prison, because it's not the shiv or the gun, it's what's inside.

And these reactionary laws will make us feel better for a while. Because we fixed it. But you cannot legislate the deepest needs of the human soul. And those deepest needs are to be known, to be heard. To have a place, to be accepted, and to be loved.

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FEC's Twitter/Hunter Biden ruling was RIGHT? Conservative FEC Commissioner explains

Remember when Twitter blocked the New York Post's Hunter Biden laptop story from being shared right before the 2020 election? The FEC ruled that Twitter did NOT violate election laws by doing so. But while many on the right questioned if this was the right call, Glenn has a talk with conservative FEC Commissioner Trey Trainor, who explains why he personally disagrees with Twitter's decision to block the story, but agrees with the FEC's final ruling: "Everybody on the right would have gotten a complaint filed against them immediately if we would have found that Twitter violated campaign finance rules."

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WATCH: Weaponizing Crisis: Exposing the Hidden Hand After January 6

First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:

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‘Both miraculous and horrendous’: Glenn Beck gives emotional update on Afghanistan rescue

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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Economic TAILSPIN? THIS may be why The Fed stopped publishing GDP reports

Branches of The Federal Reserve Bank recently announced — while nobody was paying attention — their decisions to stop publishing GDP forecast reports that the financial industry 'has used forever,' Glenn says. But now new updates from the Atlanta Fed may provide clues as to why these reports have been suspended. Those clues hint at a coming 'economic tailspin,' Glenn says. And, 'When you know something is going to cause the economy to go into a tailspin,' Glenn explains, 'you can either just say, well, that's the truth…or you can just hide it. You can just not publish it.'