Tragedy struck Saturday night when a gunman killed 10 and injured 10 others in a mass shooting at a dance studio. The suspect, later identified as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, opened fire at those attending a dance class at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, killing five men and five women. Ten others were wounded, with seven being treated at a local hospital. Their conditions range from stable to critical.
Our society largely fails to cultivate young men, to teach them about their fallen natures, and to morally form them to choose love over hate and courage over violence. Thus, the epidemics of addiction, aimlessness, depression, irresponsibility, perversion, selfishness, victimhood, and low expectations continue. Until we face the fact that the root of our problem lies here, the fruit will continue to be bitter. Unless we rebuild the institutions of civil society that cultivate young men—especially the family—there is no way forward.