September 20, 2013

David Robinson’s story is tragic and troubling [“Guns in America: In D.C., bullets leave another fatherless child,” front page, Sept. 15]. It is heartbreaking, in fact, as he never had a chance. He was born to parents who weren’t grown-ups.

Rather than focusing on the role that guns played in his troubles, however, perhaps The Post should do a story on the breakup of the American family, white and black, and on absentee fathers especially.

I do volunteer work with pregnant women; most tell me the father is gone and wants nothing to do with the baby. That is the story here: women making babies without regard for who will raise these lovely children and men who are interested in only the sex and not the outcome. It is a calamity of biblical proportions. The sins of the fathers are visited on the children.

Guns merely are a substitute for a strong male presence and an unselfish devotion to raising a child.

Have the courage to tell the real story. Start by defining how many of these victims come from intact families with a male presence. Between government and popular culture, we all participated in the murder of young Robinson.

Carole Buchanan, Darnestown

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