The leader of a ministry focused on healing broken families says the life of the Las Vegas shooter should remind society of the impact fatherlessness has on the culture.
Officials continue to determine why Stephen Paddock killed dozens and injured more than 500 people in Las Vegas on October 1. The history on Paddock is that he was the son of a bank robber who on the FBI's most-wanted list during the 1970s. According to Paddock's brother, they didn't know their father.
Ed Tandy McGlasson is the founder of Blessing of the Father Ministries. He says it was more than the absence of a father that led to this massacre. But the former NFL offensive lineman explains that according to the National Center for Fathering, 20 million children in the U.S. live in a fatherless home – and fatherlessness has been linked to increased rates of crime, domestic violence, incarceration, substance abuse, and other problems.
"I've learned this truth as a father that is sobering to me and my own relationship with my kids: that who I am as a man when no one is looking many times would be the kind of life that my kids lead when everybody sees them," he offers.
"In other words, we're only really able as fathers to give away and to bless our kids with who we are and who we become – and when we're not there in our kids' story, it wounds them."
On the positive side, McGlasson says fathers have an incredible responsibility – and more than ever in today's culture, fathers have an opportunity to make an amazing difference.