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Ep 192_My Father’s Day Episode From a few Years Ago.

Today we discuss fatherhood by the numbers.  Our society and our schools are failing because the family is failing.  Today I will simply cite the facts and show you what a positive impact a father has on a family financially, emotionally, and with regard to the law (legally).  Be prepared to be shocked, amazed, and emboldened.

 

The Father’s Day Podcast_ A Tribute

Data on the Consequences of Father Absence
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America — one out of three — live in biological father-absent homes.

Consequently, there is a “father factor” in nearly all of the social issues facing America today.

Scroll down to view data on the effects of father absence on: poverty, maternal and child health, incarceration, crime, teen pregnancy, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, education, and childhood obesity.

Father Factor in Poverty

Children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor. In 2002, 7.8 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 38.4 percent of children in female-householder families.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Children’s Living Arrangements and Characteristics: March 2002, P200-547, Table C8. Washington D.C.: GPO, 2003.

During the year before their babies were born, 43% of unmarried mothers received welfare or food stamps, 21% received some type of housing subsidy, and 9% received another type of government transfer (unemployment insurance etc.). For women who have another child, the proportion who receive welfare or food stamps rises to 54%.
Source: McLanahan, Sara. The Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study: Baseline National Report. Princeton, NJ: Center for Research on Child Well-being, 2003: 13.

A child with a nonresident father is 54 percent more likely to be poorer than his or her father.
Source: Sorenson, Elaine and Chava Zibman. “Getting to Know Poor Fathers Who Do Not Pay Child Support.” Social Service Review 75 (September 2001): 420-434.

When compared by family structure, 45.9% of poor single-parent families reported material hardship compared to 38.6% of poor two parent families. For unpoor families who did not experience material hardship, 23.3% were single-parent families compared to 41.2% of two-parent families.
Source: Beverly, Sondra G., “Material hardship in the United States: Evidence from the Survey of Income and Program Participation.” Social Work Research 25 (September 2001): 143-151.3
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Father Factor in Maternal and Infant Health

Infant mortality rates are 1.8 times higher for infants of unmarried mothers than for married mothers.
Source: Matthews, T.J., Sally C. Curtin, and Marian F. MacDorman. Infant Mortality Statistics from the 1998 Period Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set. National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 48, No. 12. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 2000.

Based on birth and death data for 217,798 children born in Georgia in 1989 and 1990, infants without a father’s name on their birth certificate (17.9 percent of the total) were 2.3 times more likely to die in the first year of life compared to infants with a father’s name on their birth certificate.
Source: Gaudino, Jr., James A., Bill Jenkins, and Foger W. Rochat. “No Fathers’ Names: A Risk Factor for Infant Mortality in the State of Georgia, USA.” Social Science and Medicine 48 (1999): 253-265.

Unmarried mothers are less likely to obtain prenatal care and more likely to have a low birth-weight baby. Researchers find that these negative effects persist even when they take into account factors, such as parental education, that often distinguish single-parent from two-parent families.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. Report to Congress on Out-of-Wedlock Childbearing. Hyattsville, MD (Sept. 1995): 12.

Expectant fathers can play a powerful role as advocates of breastfeeding to their wives. Three-fourths of women whose partners attended a breastfeeding promotion class initiated breastfeeding.
Source: Wolfberg, Adam J., et al. “Dads as breastfeeding advocates: results from a randomized controlled trial of an educational intervention.” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 191 (September 2004): 708-712.

Fathers’ knowledge about breastfeeding increases the likelihood that a child will be breastfed. Children who fathers knew more had a 1.76 higher chance of being breastfed at the end of the first month and 1.91 higher chance of receiving maternal milk at the end of the third month.
Source: Susin, Lurie R.O. “Does Parental Breastfeeding Knowledge Increase Breastfeeding Rates?” BIRTH 26 (September 1999): 149-155.

Twenty-three percent of unmarried mothers in large U.S. cities reported cigarette use during their pregnancy. Seventy-one percent were on Medicare.
Source: McLanahan, Sara. The Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study: Baseline National Report. Table 7. Princeton, NJ: Center for Research on Child Well-being, 2003: 16.

A study of 2,921 mothers revealed that single mothers were twice as likely as married mothers to experience a bout of depression in the prior year. Single mothers also reported higher levels of stress, fewer contacts with family and friends, less involvement with church or social groups and less overall social support.
Source: Cairney, John and Michael Boyle et al. “Stress, Social Support and Depression in Single and Married Mothers.” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 38 (August 2003): 442-449.

In a longitudinal study of more than 10,000 families, researchers found that toddlers living in stepfamilies and single-parent families were more likely to suffer a burn, have a bad fall, or be scarred from an accident compared to kids living with both of their biological parents.
Source: O’Connor, T., L. Davies, J. Dunn, J. Golding, ALSPAC Study Team. “Differential Distribution of Children’s Accidents, Injuries and Illnesses across Family Type.” Pediatrics 106 (November 2000): e68.

A study of 3,400 middle schoolers indicated that not living with both biological parents quadruples the risk of having an affective disorder.
Source: Cuffe, Steven P., Robert E. McKeown, Cheryl L. Addy, and Carol Z. Garrison. “Family Psychosocial Risk Factors in a Longitudinal Epidemiological Study of Adolescents.” Journal of American Academic Child Adolescent Psychiatry 44 (February 2005): 121-129.

Children who live apart from their fathers are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma and experience an asthma-related emergency even after taking into account demographic and socioeconomic conditions. Unmarried, cohabiting parents and unmarried parents living apart are 1.76 and 2.61 times, respectively, more likely to have their child diagnosed with asthma. Marital disruption after birth is associated with a 6-fold increase in the likelihood a children will require an emergency room visit and 5-fold increase of an asthma-related emergency.
Source: Harknett, Kristin. Children’s Elevated Risk of Asthma in Unmarried Families: Underlying Structural and Behavioral Mechanisms. Working Paper #2005-01-FF. Princeton, NJ: Center for Research on Child Well-being, 2005: 19-27.
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Father Factor in Incarceration

Even after controlling for income, youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families. Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds.
Source: Harper, Cynthia C. and Sara S. McLanahan. “Father Absence and Youth Incarceration.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 14 (September 2004): 369-397.

A 2002 Department of Justice survey of 7,000 inmates revealed that 39% of jail inmates lived in mother-only households. Approximately forty-six percent of jail inmates in 2002 had a previously incarcerated family member. One-fifth experienced a father in prison or jail.
Source: James, Doris J. Profile of Jail Inmates, 2002. (NCJ 201932). Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, July 2004.
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Father Factor in Crime

A study of 109 juvenile offenders indicated that family structure significantly predicts delinquency.
Source: Bush, Connee, Ronald L. Mullis, and Ann K. Mullis. “Differences in Empathy Between Offender and Nonoffender Youth.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 29 (August 2000): 467-478.

Adolescents, particularly boys, in single-parent families were at higher risk of status, property and person delinquencies. Moreover, students attending schools with a high proportion of children of single parents are also at risk.
Source: Anderson, Amy L. “Individual and contextual influences on delinquency: the role of the single-parent family.” Journal of Criminal Justice 30 (November 2002): 575-587.

A study of 13,986 women in prison showed that more than half grew up without their father. Forty-two percent grew up in a single-mother household and sixteen percent lived with neither parent. (Fathers and Daughters)
Source: Snell, Tracy L and Danielle C. Morton. Women in Prison: Survey of Prison Inmates, 1991. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report. Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, 1994: 4.

Even after controlling for community context, there is significantly more drug use among children who do not live with their mother and father.
Source: Hoffmann, John P. “The Community Context of Family Structure and Adolescent Drug Use.” Journal of Marriage and Family 64 (May 2002): 314-330.

Youths are more at risk of first substance use without a highly involved father. Each unit increase in father involvement is associated with 1% reduction in substance use. Living in an intact family also decreases the risk of first substance use.
Source: Bronte-Tinkew, Jacinta, Kristin A. Moore, Randolph C. Capps, and Jonathan Zaff. “The influence of father involvement on youth risk behaviors among adolescents: A comparison of native-born and immigrant families.” Article in Press. Social Science Research December 2004.

Of the 228 students studied, those from single-parent families reported higher rates of drinking and smoking as well as higher scores on delinquency and aggression tests when compared to boys from two-parent households.
Source: Griffin, Kenneth W., Gilbert J. Botvin, Lawrence M. Scheier, Tracy Diaz and Nicole L. Miller. “Parenting Practices as Predictors of Substance Use, Delinquency, and Aggression Among Urban Minority Youth: Moderating Effects of Family Structure and Gender.” Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 14 (June 2000): 174-184.

In a study of INTERPOL crime statistics of 39 countries, it was found that single parenthood ratios were strongly correlated with violent crimes. This was not true 18 years ago.
Source: Barber, Nigel. “Single Parenthood As a Predictor of Cross-National Variation in Violent Crime.” Cross-Cultural Research 38 (November 2004): 343-358.
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Father Factor in Teen Pregnancy

Being raised by a single mother raises the risk of teen pregnancy, marrying with less than a high school degree, and forming a marriage where both partners have less than a high school degree.
Source: Teachman, Jay D. “The Childhood Living Arrangements of Children and the Characteristics of Their Marriages.” Journal of Family Issues 25 (January 2004): 86-111.

Separation or frequent changes increase a woman’s risk of early menarche, sexual activity and pregnancy. Women whose parents separated between birth and six years old experienced twice the risk of early menstruation, more than four times the risk of early sexual intercourse, and two and a half times higher risk of early pregnancy when compared to women in intact families. The longer a woman lived with both parents, the lower her risk of early reproductive development. Women who experienced three or more changes in her family environment exhibited similar risks but were five times more likely to have an early pregnancy.
Source: Quinlan, Robert J. “Father absence, parental care, and female reproductive development.” Evolution and Human Behavior 24 (November 2003): 376-390.

Researchers using a pool from both the U.S. and New Zealand found strong evidence that father absence has an effect on early sexual activity and teenage pregnancy. Teens without fathers were twice as likely to be involved in early sexual activity and seven times more likely to get pregnant as an adolescent.
Source: Ellis, Bruce J., John E. Bates, Kenneth A. Dodge, David M. Ferguson, L. John Horwood, Gregory S. Pettit, and Lianne Woodward. “Does Father Absence Place Daughters at Special Risk for Early Sexual Activity and Teenage Pregnancy.” Child Development 74 (May/June 2003): 801-821.
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Father Factor in Child Abuse

Compared to living with both parents, living in a single-parent home doubles the risk that a child will suffer physical, emotional, or educational neglect.
Source: America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being. Table SPECIAL1. Washington, D.C.: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 1997.

The overall rate of child abuse and neglect in single-parent households is 27.3 children per 1,000, whereas the rate of overall maltreatment in two-parent households is 15.5 per 1,000.
Source: America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being. Table SPECIAL1. Washington, D.C.: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 1997.

An analysis of child abuse cases in a nationally representative sample of 42 counties found that children from single-parent families are more likely to be victims of physical and sexual abuse than children who live with both biological parents. Compared to their peers living with both parents, children in single parent homes had:
a 77% greater risk of being physically abused
an 87% greater risk of being harmed by physical neglect
a 165% greater risk of experiencing notable physical neglect
a 74% greater risk of suffering from emotional neglect
an 80% greater risk of suffering serious injury as a result of abuse
overall, a 120% greater risk of being endangered by some type of child abuse.
Source: Sedlak, Andrea J. and Diane D. Broadhurst. The Third National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect: Final Report. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Washington, D.C., September 1996.
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Father Factor in Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Researchers at Columbia University found that children living in two-parent household with a poor relationship with their father are 68% more likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households. Teens in single mother households are at a 30% higher risk than those in two-parent households.
Source: “Survey Links Teen Drug Use, Relationship With Father.” Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly 6 September 1999: 5.

Even after controlling for community context, there is significantly more drug use among children who do not live with their mother and father.
Source: Hoffmann, John P. “The Community Context of Family Structure and Adolescent Drug Use.” Journal of Marriage and Family 64 (May 2002): 314-330.

In a study of 6,500 children from the ADDHEALTH database, father closeness was negatively correlated with the number of a child’s friends who smoke, drink, and smoke marijuana. Closeness was also correlated with a child’s use of alcohol, cigarettes, and hard drugs and was connected to family structure. Intact families ranked higher on father closeness than single-parent families.
Source: National Fatherhood Initiative. “Family Structure, Father Closeness, & Drug Abuse.” Gaithersburg, MD: National Fatherhood Initiative, 2004: 20-22.

Of the 228 students studied, those from single-parent families reported higher rates of drinking and smoking as well as higher scores on delinquency and aggression tests when compared to boys from two-parent households.
Source: Griffin, Kenneth W., Gilbert J. Botvin, Lawrence M. Scheier, Tracy Diaz and Nicole L. Miller. “Parenting Practices as Predictors of Substance Use, Delinquency, and Aggression Among Urban Minority Youth: Moderating Effects of Family Structure and Gender.” Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 14 (June 2000): 174-184.
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Father Factor in Childhood Obesity

The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth found that obese children are more likely to live in father-absent homes than are non-obese children.
Source: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth

Study that looked at family lifestyle and parent’s Body Mass Index (BMI) over a nine year period found:
Father’s Body Mass Index (BMI) predicts son’s and daughter’s BMI independent of offspring’s alcohol intake, smoking, physical fitness, and father’s education
Furthermore, BMI in sons and daughters consistently higher when fathers were overweight or obese
Physical fitness of daughters negatively related to their father’s obesity
Obesity of fathers associated with a four-fold increase in the risk of obesity of sons and daughters at age 18
Source: Burke V, Beilin LJ, Dunbar D. “Family lifestyle and parental body mass index as predictors of body mass index in Australian children: a longitudinal study.” Department of Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, University of Western Australia, and the Western Australian Heart Research Institute; Perth, Australia.

A fathers’ body mass index (a measurement of the relative composition of fat and muscle mass in the human body) is directly related to a child’s activity level. In a study of 259 toddlers, more active children were more likely to have a father with a lower BMI than less active children.
Source: Finn, Kevin, Neil Johannsen, and Bonny Specker. “Factors associated with physical activity in preschool children.” The Journal of Pediatrics 140 (January 2002): 81-85.

A study that looked at dietary intake and physical activity of parents and their daughters over a two year period found:
Daughter’s BMI predicted by father’s diets and father’s enjoyment of physical activity
As father’s BMI rose, so did their daughter’s BMI
Source: Davison KK, Birch LL. “Child and parent characteristics as predictors of change in girls’ body mass index.” Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA.

Study that looked at the relationship between parent’s total and percentage body fat and daughter’s total body fat over a two and one-half year period found:
Father’s, not mother’s, total and percentage body fat the best predictor of changes in daughter’s total and percentage body fat.
Source: Figueroa-Colon R, Arani RB, Goran MI, Weinsier RL. “Paternal body fat is a longitudinal predictor of changes in body fat in premenarcheal girls.” Department of Pediatrics, General Clinical Research Center, Medical Statistics Unit, Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.

Two studies that have looked at the determinants of physical activity in obese and non-obese children found:
Obese children less likely to report that their father’s were physically active than were the children of non-obese children. This determinant not found for mothers.
Father’s inactivity strong predictor of children’s inactivity.
Source: Trost SG, Kerr LM, Ward DS, Pate RR. “Physical activity and determinants of physical activity in obese and non-obese children. School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia.
Source: Fogelholm M, Nuutinen O, Pasanen M, Myohanen E, Saatela T. “Parent-child relationship of physical activity patterns and obesity.” University of Helsinki, Lahti Research and Training Centre, Finland.

Children who lived with single mothers were significantly more likely to become obese by a 6-year follow-up, as were black children, children with nonworking parents, children with nonprofessional parents, and children whose mothers did not complete high school.
Source: Strauss RS, Knight J. “Influence of the home environment on the development of obesity in children.” Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903, USA.
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Father Factor in Education

Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. Survey on Child Health. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1993.

Father involvement in schools is associated with the higher likelihood of a student getting mostly A’s. This was true for fathers in biological parent families, for stepfathers, and for fathers heading single-parent families.
Source: Nord, Christine Winquist, and Jerry West. Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2001.

Students living in father-absent homes are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school; 10 percent of children living with both parents have ever repeated a grade, compared to 20 percent of children in stepfather families and 18 percent in mother-only families.
Source: Nord, Christine Winquist, and Jerry West. Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2001.

Students in single-parent families or stepfamilies are significantly less likely than students living in intact families to have parents involved in their schools. About half of students living in single-parent families or stepfamilies have parents who are highly involved, while 62 percent of students living with both their parents have parents who are highly involved in their schools.
Source: Nord, Christine Winquist, and Jerry West. Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2001.

In 2001, 61 percent of 3- to 5-year olds living with two parents were read aloud to everyday by a family member, compared to 48% of children living in single- or no-parent families.
Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2002. Table ED1. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2003.

Kindergarteners who live with single-parents are over-represented in those lagging in health, social and emotional, and cognitive outcomes. Thirty-three percent of children who were behind in all three areas were living with single parents while only 22% were not lagging behind.
Source: Wertheimer, Richard and Tara Croan, et al. Attending Kindergarten and Already Behind: A Statistical Portrait of Vulnerable Young Children. Child Trends Research Brief. Publication #2003-20. Washington, DC: Child Trends, 2003.

In two-parent families, children under the age of 13 spend an average of 1.77 hours engaged in activities with their fathers and 2.35 hours doing so with their mothers on a daily basis in 1997. Children in single parent families spent on .42 hours with their fathers and 1.26 hours with their mothers on daily basis.
Source: Lippman, Laura, et al. Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, 2004.

A study of 1330 children from the PSID showed that fathers who are involved on a personal level with their child schooling increases the likelihood of their child’s achievement. When fathers assume a positive role in their child’s education, students feel a positive impact.
Source: McBride, Brent A., Sarah K. Schoppe-Sullivan, and Moon-Ho Ho. “The mediating role of fathers’ school involvement on student achievement.” Applied Developmental Psychology 26 (2005): 201-216.

Half of all children with highly involved fathers in two-parent families reported getting mostly A’s through 12th grade, compared to 35.2% of children of nonresident father families.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics. The Condition of Education. NCES 1999022. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, 1999: 76.

 

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There is no question that children who grow up in fatherless homes have a much greater risk of major challenges in life than those who grow up with a father at home. These statistics are alarming and should give any father pause.
Incarceration Rates. “Young men who grow up in homes without fathers are twice as likely to end up in jail as those who come from traditional two-parent families…those boys whose fathers were absent from the household had double the odds of being incarcerated — even when other factors such as race, income, parent education and urban residence were held constant.” (Cynthia Harper of the University of Pennsylvania and Sara S. McLanahan of Princeton University cited in “Father Absence and Youth Incarceration.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 14 (September 2004): 369-397.)

Suicide. 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of the Census)

Behavioral Disorders. 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (United States Center for Disease Control)

High School Dropouts. 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.)

Educational Attainment. Kids living in single-parent homes or in step-families report lower educational expectations on the part of their parents, less parental monitoring of school work, and less overall social supervision than children from intact families. (N.M. Astore and S. McLanahan, American Sociological Review, No. 56 (1991)

Juvenile Detention Rates. 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept 1988)

Confused Identities. Boys who grow up in father-absent homes are more likely that those in father-present homes to have trouble establishing appropriate sex roles and gender identity.(P.L. Adams, J.R. Milner, and N.A. Schrepf, Fatherless Children, New York, Wiley Press, 1984).

Aggression. In a longitudinal study of 1,197 fourth-grade students, researchers observed “greater levels of aggression in boys from mother-only households than from boys in mother-father households.” (N. Vaden-Kierman, N. Ialongo, J. Pearson, and S. Kellam, “Household Family Structure and Children’s Aggressive Behavior: A Longitudinal Study of Urban Elementary School Children,” Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 23, no. 5 (1995).

Achievement. Children from low-income, two-parent families outperform students from high-income, single-parent homes. Almost twice as many high achievers come from two-parent homes as one-parent homes. (One-Parent Families and Their Children, Charles F. Kettering Foundation, 1990).

Delinquency. Only 13 percent of juvenile delinquents come from families in which the biological mother and father are married to each other. By contract, 33 percent have parents who are either divorced or separated and 44 percent have parents who were never married. (Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Social Services, April 1994).

Criminal Activity. The likelihood that a young male will engage in criminal activity doubles if he is raised without a father and triples if he lives in a neighborhood with a high concentration of single-parent families. Source: A. Anne Hill, June O’Neill, Underclass Behaviors in the United States, CUNY, Baruch College. 1993

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EP 191_4-Day Handgun at FrontSight and Why Glocks SUCK

Wow, FrontSight, was amazing.  I took a 4-day handgun class and talk about it.

Let me warn you, though.  I recorded this episode on the way home after a drive through the desert.  A drive RIGHT after my garbage Glock handgun jammed and disqualified me from passing the shooting test.  This podcast is heated and dripping with frustration and hate for the Glock I immediately got rid of.

A warning to Glock fanboys, don’t listen to this episode.  You won’t be able to handle my assessment of and real examples of why Glocks, IMHO, really are garbage weapons I’d NEVER bet my life on.

By the way, I traded the Glock for a Sig I will put through its paces this weekend.  I’ll let you know how it went.

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Yes, Glocks Still Suck IMHO

I recently took a FrontSight 4-day handgun class and had a blast…except for my gun malfunctioning on me time after time after time…I didn’t pass the timed test in the class because the gun kept jamming when throwing a lot of lead.  It was fine firing the first round, but I need something that will keep working.  I traded a rifle for the G23 I used and wanted to give Glocks a fair test and see if my bad previous experiences with Glocks was just a fluke–so I took it to frontsight and gave it the 4-day test.  Many other people there had glocks and didn’t have a problem.  But me…I had more malfunctions than the REST of the class combined…yes, I said the REST of the class combined…and that was an additional 35- 40 people.

So, in short, When I got home I traded the glock for an entry-level Sig and will give it the once-over and see its durability.  I traded the gun to a collector/dealer who won’t use it as a defensive weapon and who happens to be a Glock Fanboy…But me, I couldn’t rely on the weapon to do the right thing and work in an emergency…and that’s why I own a gun and why I took the class.

Feel free to tell my your experiences with Glocks.

Talk to you soon,

Dan

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Congrats to Our Government

Congratulations to the 2-party system and the trillions wasted in Iraq.  The Establishment class got their war, their war profits and their new world order. 

 I called this before we invaded.  I said that whether we stayed a year or a decade, the minute we leave it will go back to chaos and all of our work and taxpayer money would be wasted.  

I guess I was right. 

 Nation building in the Middle East is a waste of taxpayer money.  

My tax money was wasted on another BS war. 

Thank you Repubs and Dems….

As you place blame on each other, know any person with a little common sense could have predicted this.

The beltway retards rational thought and common sense.

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4-Day Defensive Handgun at Front Sight

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Ep 190: Feedback

Today I answer two listener’s e-mails and give some practical advice.

First, 4-in1 trees are practical and can add variety as well as pollinators to your orchard in a small space.  Just don’t do it if you’re looking for maximizing yields.  Drawrf and semi dwarf trees pale in comparison to the originals when it comes to yields.

Second, Remember how lucky you are and that everyone bears a cross.  Know that YOU probably have a lot to be thankful for and should be thankful for the many blessings in your life.

 

Third, I’m laying hardwood engineered floors and may reward myself with a toy or some money in the truck savings kitty. We’ll see.

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Newspapers Say Ammo Relief On The Way

Ammunition stores reload as shortage eases in U.S.

City sports stores are refilling shelves

On Wednesday, a shelf at the back of the Gander Mountain store in Moon displayed an abundant supply of ammunition for handguns and rifles. That was a big change from several months ago, when a nationwide ammunition shortage left the shelf barren.

“There probably wouldn’t be a whole lot for you to buy” back then, said Tom Ferry, the store’s hunting manager.

Pittsburgh’s sporting goods stores are recovering from an ammunition shortage that forced them to ration some bullets in the past year. Most types of ammunition are readily available now, employees said, although some, such as .22 long rifle bullets, remain scarce.

“It’s loosened up a little bit,” said Keith Savage of Braverman Arms in Wilkinsburg. “There are still some types of common ammunition we can’t get.”

Less common ammunition, such as that for .32 Colts, is still hard to come by, Mr. Savage said. But the big gap in local stores’ shelves is for .22 long rifle ammunition, a relatively cheap type.

Despite its full shelf, Gander Mountain is limiting customers to about 1,000, .22 bullets in one purchase. On Wednesday afternoon, the nearby Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods had signs up informing customers that they could just buy three boxes of the ammunition per day. At Island Firearms in Neville Township, owner Wayne Lykens limited each customer to one box of .22s, because he had just seven left.

The popularity of .22 long rifle ammunition could be a result of its low price; it usually costs about 6 to 20 cents per round, depending on the quantity purchased.

As the price of ammunition rose steeply in recent years, some customers sought cheaper options.

Prices peaked last fall, when the shortage was severe, Mr. Savage said. Since then, the price of a box of 9 mm ammunition, for instance, dropped gone from about $70 to $18.

The rise in demand for guns and ammunition dates back about a decade, said Mike Bazinet, director of public affairs at the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Some Americans decided to become gun owners after the 2008 Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller affirmed the right to keep guns in the home, he said.

Also, shooting has become more popular as a hobby, with retailers reporting that 25 percent of their customers buying guns are first-time owners.

“Ranges have become more friendly. They’re becoming more of a destination,” Mr. Bazinet said. “People go to ranges and share their experiences with friends on social media.”

Moreover, ammunition hoarding is a major reason for shortages, Mr. Bazinet said. Some gun owners are worried that President Barack Obama wants to limit second amendment rights, so they’ve stocked up on guns and ammunition. Recent mass shootings, such as the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have created fear among some gun owners of new state or federal legislation that may restrict gun ownership.

In response to last fall’s shortage, ammunition manufacturers have increased production, Mr. Bazinet said. Still, they’re having trouble keeping the market satisfied.

“It’s a slow process, and it varies from region to region,” Mr. Bazinet said. “Supply and demand are coming back into balance, slowly.”

Thomas Cook, assistant chief at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, said that storing ammunition in one’s home creates a fire hazard, but not a severe one. A fire can ignite a bullet that’s kept in storage, but there won’t be much force behind it because there’s no gun barrel to concentrate the energy.

“It’s really not any more hazardous than the other chemicals stored in the home,” Mr. Cook said.



 

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Ep189_ Life Lessons

Today’s show is about life lessons and three different and unrelated examples:

1. Bob Mayne

Visit Today’s Survival Show and the Handgun World Podcast.  Both are on itunes.  Bob is going through a lot.  Pray for him and his family. His podcasts are excellent.  He has been a mentor to me and I wish him well.

2. Lemon tree that could. After three moves around my yard, my one lemon tree is flourishing.  I almost gave up on it, but I gave it one more shot.  How many times have you given someone a second or third chance?  If you don’t you’re giving up on something that may flourish with a little patience.  Give that person/relationship/thing another chance.  You’ll be the one who benefits.

3. That Annoying Lady at Church.  At church the other day, a woman sat next to me and spent almost the ENTIRE service digging through her purse and she never stopped..probably going on half an hour…at the end of this, she pulled out a few coins to put in the collection plate,,,her everything.  She gave more than most of us in church that day, because she gave from her needs and I from my wants…what a life lesson…be patient and give people the benefit of the doubt.  You’ll be amazed at what you find when you do.

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Glock ‘Perfection” Ends Up with Accidental Discharge

Some gun enthusiasts really get angry over safeties and want to preach to others how “safe” a gun is without a safety…especially a Glock.  People become insanely angry when you mention a gun without a safety (external) may be unsafe.  Well, the following email is linked to a youtube article where MULTIPLE law enforcement officers have had accidental discharges from their guns because a drawstring cord on their coat caught on the trigger when drawing or re-holstering…

Glock fanatics will rail against this video and and blame everybody and everything…but the gun:

 

Front Sight Blog: (video) Jacket Drawstrings Causing Glocks to Fire

March 18th, 2014

Here is something you will not see every day.

A police chief shoots himself when the drawstring of his jacket lodged in the trigger area of his Glock pistol.


Watch this news video, complete with surveillance video of the actual incident and then see my comments that follow…

 

 

Comments:

  1. Even though the drawstring was the culprit in the negligent discharge of the police chief’s weapon, he could use some improvement in his gun handling techniques. Specifically, he should treat all guns as if they are loaded and never let the muzzle cover anything he is not willing to destroy… that includes his hand and those around him. Watch the surveillance video again and you will see what I mean.
  2. As we teach at Front Sight, train to present your weapon quickly, but take your time to holster the weapon, making sure your shirt and jacket are clear of your holster.
  3. Good story by the news agency and good lesson for all to learn.
  4. Good of the police chief to want others to know of his injury, but quite surprising and a bit disconcerting that he is seen in this video covered his hand with the muzzle of the gun he was handling, after previously shooting himself in the hand in 1999 when handling a gun he thought was unloaded.

So let’s review THE FOUR UNIVERSAL SAFETY RULES…

  1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond your target.

Please forward this e-mail, to everyone you know and encourage them to do the same. Spread this information to make a safer gun owning public.

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Tax-Loving Hollywood Liberals Whine for Tax Breaks

Harvey Weinstein–uber liberal and Tax loving moron, whines that the People’s Republic of California needs to provide tax breaks (special treatment) to its hollywood elite.

 

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Model/Runner Confesses to Body Image Issues

This is a great read about keeping in real.  Keep exercising.  Keep trying and NOBODY always looks good.

 

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Gun Crime Goes Down as Gun Ownership Rises

That’s bad news for the libtards.  Only government should save us, right?

 

For those of us not contaminated from liberalism or are, perhaps, detoxing like me (a recovering college-educated liberal), we realize you take care of yourself, become self-reliant, yet know the joy of truly being dependent on HIM (our Lord).
Dr. Ignatius Piazza

Monday, March 3, 2014

My New Year’s Resolution is to be as pro-active as possible in spreading the truth about the importance of our cherished Second Amendment, while exposing the liars, whores and thieves who conspire to strip us of our freedoms, and to continue to provide you and the rest of America with the absolute greatest opportunities to become armed and trained.

I firmly believe our future, and the future of our children and grandchildren, depends on it.

As part of my New Year’s Resolution, I will do my very best to deliver to you hard-hitting and entertaining blogs. You can help greatly, by doing two things for me…

  1. Send me great videos and articles you find, to share with our hundreds of thousands of Front Sight Subscribers.
  2. When I send you a Front Sight Blog, please forward it to all on your list and ask them to do the same. With hundreds of thousands of Front Sight subscribers and the vast power of the Internet, we can literally educate the world if we each do our part. I will dedicate my time and resources to this end. Please assist me in our mission to pro-actively and positively change the image of gun ownership in our lifetimes.

With that in mind, here is the truth about guns, straight from the FBI Uniform Crime Report for the first six months of last year.

Look at the across-the-board drop in crime! Most remarkable is the 18.5% drop in murders in cities over 1 million people!

And ALL of these lowered violent crime stats occurred during a year when over 21 million guns were sold, a record breaking year with 1.5 million more guns sold than the previous year! That’s right, over 40 million guns placed in the hands of Americans over a two year period and instead of seeing a rise in crime (as the gun grabbing politicians wanted everyone to believe would happen) murder and violent crime dropped like a rock!

See the statistics for yourself, right from the FBI, and then forward this e-mail to everyone you know so they can forward it to everyone they know. Spread the truth… MORE GUNS = LESS CRIME!

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God n Guns

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Ignatius Piazza
Dr. Ignatius Piazza

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dear dan,

My New Year’s Resolution is to be as pro-active as possible in spreading the truth about the importance of our cherished Second Amendment, while exposing the liars, whores and thieves who conspire to strip us of our freedoms, and to continue to provide you and the rest of America with the absolute greatest opportunities to become armed and trained.

I firmly believe our future, and the future of our children and grandchildren, depends on it.

As part of my New Year’s Resolution, I will do my very best to deliver to you hard-hitting and entertaining blogs. You can help greatly, by doing two things for me…

  1. Send me great videos and articles you find, to share with our hundreds of thousands of Front Sight Subscribers.
  2. When I send you a Front Sight Blog, please forward it to all on your list and ask them to do the same. With hundreds of thousands of Front Sight subscribers and the vast power of the Internet, we can literally educate the world if we each do our part. I will dedicate my time and resources to this end. Please assist me in our mission to pro-actively and positively change the image of gun ownership in our lifetimes.

With that in mind, yesterday I sent you a news video about a woman who had a gun placed to her head, but instead of complying with her attacker’s demands, she grabbed the gun she was legally carrying and sent her attacker to the morgue. Her husband says it was the grace of God that saved her. I say it was the grace of God and the gun in her hand!

Today, I have a news video of a bus driver who was saved from death when the Bible he was carrying in his shirt pocket stopped two bullets fired by thugs trying to kill him. Watch the video below and then see my comments that follow…

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Comments:

  1. Notice this courageous bus driver did not rely solely on his Bible to protect him. Quite the contrary, he took the fight to his attacker when he realized they were going to hurt him.
  2. The news report indicates he fought them, disarmed them and even shot at them with their own gun!
  3. During the fight, he sustained a stab wound to the arm and a gunshot to the leg, but fought through it all.
  4. It was only after the fight that he noticed two bullets lodged in the Bible he carried in his shirt pocket.
  5. God must favor warriors over martyrs because His grace was with this courageous bus driver and the equally courageous woman I shared with you yesterday.
  6. Nice to see the good guys win, while setting an example for us all to follow when dealing with evil.

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A BIG Reason Gun Crime is Plummeting

This is a newsletter I received from my gun training school.  Dr. Piazza always asks that we spread the word, so I forward this to you:

 

 

 

Front Sight
Ignatius Piazza
Dr. Ignatius Piazza

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My New Year’s Resolution is to be as pro-active as possible in spreading the truth about the importance of our cherished Second Amendment, while exposing the liars, whores and thieves who conspire to strip us of our freedoms, and to continue to provide you and the rest of America with the absolute greatest opportunities to become armed and trained.

I firmly believe our future, and the future of our children and grandchildren, depends on it.

As part of my New Year’s Resolution, I will do my very best to deliver to you hard-hitting and entertaining blogs. You can help greatly, by doing two things for me…

  1. Send me great videos and articles you find, to share with our hundreds of thousands of Front Sight Subscribers.
  2. When I send you a Front Sight Blog, please forward it to all on your list and ask them to do the same. With hundreds of thousands of Front Sight subscribers and the vast power of the Internet, we can literally educate the world if we each do our part. I will dedicate my time and resources to this end. Please assist me in our mission to pro-actively and positively change the image of gun ownership in our lifetimes.

With that in mind, here is a very cool map that dramatically shows not only are we winning the battle with the gun grabbers state by state, gun owners, especially concealed carry permit holders can claim a BIG stake in the overall drop in violent crime our nation has experienced over the last 10 years.

Violent crime has dropped in direct proportion to the increase in guns purchased and states adopting “shall issue” concealed carry laws.

The Gun Grabbers don’t want anyone to see that more guns in the hands of responsible citizens results in a decrease in violent crime so make sure you spread this e-mail far and wide.

See this cool Concealed Carry Map for yourself, then forward this e-mail to everyone you know so they can forward it to everyone they know. Spread the truth… MORE GUNS = LESS CRIME!

CCW By State
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Share on Facebook Please forward this e-mail to everyone you know and encourage them to do the same. MORE GUNS = LESS CRIME. We are winning the battle state by state!

And be part of the solution for a stronger America! Take advantage of our 5 Day Defensive Handgun Course, 30 State Concealed Weapon Permit and our entire set of 7 training manuals (over $2700 in total value) for only $200. Get yourself and your family trained!

That’s right! Only $200. But you will need to act fast. Go here http://www.frontsight.com/patriot/ to grab a 5 Day Front Sight Course, plus 30 State Concealed Weapons Permit, and our entire set of 7 Front Sight Training Manuals for only $200. Just do it before the offer sells out!

And here is a great video we recently created so you can share it with your family and friends:

A Taste of Front Sight
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I highly recommend you view it in 720 (a selection you can make at the bottom of the video window)…so you can see all the awesome detail.

Sincerely,

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Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Founder and Director
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
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Remington Fed-up with Liberal States BS?

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Remington Arms to open factory in Alabama; Cuomo aide says no jobs leaving NY

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Remington Outdoor Co. plans to open a new plant in Huntsville, Ala. File photo, Ilion, N.Y., January, 2013. (Mike Groll / AP)
Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com
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on February 15, 2014 at 3:21 PM, updated February 16, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Updated: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s spokesman says on Twitter no Remington jobs leaving New York for Alabama. See below.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Remington Outdoor Co. plans to open a 500,000-square-foot factory in Alabama that would employ 2,000 people, AL.com and the Military Times reported today.

The Military Times story says the expansion would not affect the gun company’s factory or jobs at the plant in Ilion, Remington’s oldest and largest manufacturing site. Remington employs about 1,300 people in the Herkimer County village.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi posted this on Twitter at 8:30 p.m.:

 

Remington, one of the nation’s largest gun manufacturers, has been shopping for a new factory site for months in response to demand.

Nearly a year ago, the federal government awarded Remington an $80 million contract to make 5,000 military sniper rifles at the Ilion factory. Last March, the company announced a $20 million expansion in Ilion.

Remington and its workers have been key voices in protests against the NY Safe Act, a series of stricter gun laws signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo 13 months ago. Last May, the company wrote on its Facebook pay that the military contract was not a sign that Remington had been paid off to stay in New York.

Still, the company made no promise to stay in Ilion.

“Remington will not run or abandon its loyal and hard working 1,300 employees without considerable thought and deliberation,” the company wrote last May.

The new plant in Huntsville would be about half the size as the one in Ilion. Production would not begin before 2015.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/02/remington_outdoor_co_to_open_factory_in_alabama.html

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A Little 1911 Love

I’ve been learning and training with my 1911 pistols after a training malfunction with my Glock a few months ago.  I love those 1911s…Rock Island Armory/Citadel makes some solid guns…metal on metal and not a drop of plastic.  Now I need to get to Frontsight and do some additional training.  Don’t worry, I still have some polymer gun love, too…I need to go train with my LCP again soon.  And never count out me picking up a Smith n Wesson M&P 9mm…the ergonomics are fabulous…and the financial returns on a weapon in a shtf/post Wall Street world will be amazing.  Ammo is a great investment, too.  All the preps in the world are worthless if you can’t defend them.

Back to the 1911…because of the year it was created, some might think this weapon is outdated…but know this: the 1911 was created by the greatest gun maker ever: John Browning.  His design is timeless, elegant, and reliable.  It’s such a great pistol that our military is turning towards it again…see the leathernecks bringing them back.

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The Russians and Chinese are Playing Chess…

…while our president is playing golf.

Why is China supportive of what the Russians did in the Crimea?

Look for the Chinese to Annex Taiwan or those disputed islands off of Japan…

Quid Pro Quo.

Our Country is failing because the government is corrupt.  They serve themselves and weaken our once great nation.

Think globally.

Act locally.

Make your family/neighborhood/town/county the best it can be.  You can’t save the world, but you just might save your family.  If enough people did this, the country would take care of itself!

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North Korea Launches Missles

A country that is so poor its citizens starve can put four missles in the ocean for “testing.” A country where the government owns all the weapons is a tyrrany.  A country where the people own the weapons and the government runs scared is called a democracy.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/27/world/asia/north-korea-missiles/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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You Know, You know?

It is really annoying how often I said “you know” in my podcasts.

It’s getting better, but I apologize. My older podcasts are virtually unlistenable because of it.  If you can get through one of my early episodes, you have the patience of Job!

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Ep 188: A Post-Winter Evaluation and Checklist

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show about what to do as winter winds down.  While the problems are still fresh in your mind, now is the time to list and prioritize tasks for making the home ready for next winter.

Winter is over, which is why it is the perfect time to assess what you need to do to get ready for next winter.  You’ll have all summer and fall to schedule the work, so get going.  Be sure to consider: HVAC repair/service Roofing concerns Painting (both exterior and interior) Buying/considering a secondary heat source Deals on wood stoves and other winter merchandise – See more at: http://hdivs.com/episode-007-do-a-post-winter-to-do-list/#sthash.gvqE4PfM.dpuf

 

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