The insufficiency or absence of government social programs does not fuel violent crime. The social science literature is conclusive on one all-important point: The real root cause of violent crime is the breakdown of family and community, especially in Americas inner cities.

The professional literature shows that the failure of fathers and mothers to care for the children they bring into the world is at the heart of violent crime. Absent fathers, absent mothers, parental fighting and domestic violence, lack of parental supervision and discipline of children, patterns of parental abuse, neglect or rejection of the child, and criminality among the parents themselves all are conditions that contribute to the creation of a violent criminal, and all are most present in the social atmosphere created by broken families and illegitimacy.