Deaths by drug overdose, particularly from the class of heroin-containing drugs known as opioids are generally high. But there is one demographic that constitutes only 32% of America’s population but accounts for over 70% of opioid deaths—single men. They do stand out, but there is another group that stands out even more conspicuously for deaths by crime, overdose, suicide and disease. Their statistics are even worse than for single men in general. This group is men who are not fathers. They are the most dangerous and the most vulnerable group in the United States.
Not only are they vulnerable but by far and away, men who are not fathers and who never had fathers themselves, perpetrate most violent crime. Mass shooters are overwhelmingly single men but there are exceptions. For instance, Stephen Paddock, the 2017 Las Vegas shooter, had been married twice and had a girlfriend. However, he had never been a father. If instead of identifying them as single men, we identify men who are not fathers, that pretty much covers all the mass shooters in recent American history.