Christopher Harper-Mercer was listed as a 2009 graduate of the Switzer Learning Center in Torrance, California. The Switzer Learning Center is a private school for students with learning disabilities, emotional issues and other special-education needs. His mother was extremely overprotective of him, telling neighbors her son was working on mental issues. In an online forum his mother admitted to a reader that her son had Asperger’s. Christopher joined the Army for a month in 2008 but was discharged before finishing basic training (even the Army knew there was a serious mental issue with Christopher).
He moved with his “newly divorced” mother to Oregon from Torrance, California in 2013. He frequently wore the same clothes (army pants and military style boots). He was quiet and withdrawn. Christopher made great efforts to form some semblance of community in online forums, dating sites, and file sharing sites. He collected handguns and rifles and frequented local gun ranges with his mother. He tracked other mass shootings. On social media he expressed a fascination with the Irish Republican Army and expressed hatred for traditional organized religion.
On October 1st, Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, carried out the worst shooting rampage in Oregon’s history at Umpqua Community College. He killed nine people and wounding many others. He was armed with six guns, body armor and spare ammo magazines. The authorities found more than a half dozen additional guns, and more ammo at his mother’s apartment. While executing the rampage he asked some victims if they were Christians before shooting them. Christopher Harper-Mercer committed suicide after being wounded by law enforcement officers.
Those are the facts as we can best describe them. Now let’s look at the evolution of this horrific incident in purely empirical scientific terms:
- 1 – Christopher was extremely shy and withdrawn according to neighbors.
- 2 – Christopher had an obsession with guns and shooting.
- 3 – Christopher’s mother knew he had a mental disability and condoned his access to guns.
- 4 – Christopher’s mother accompanied him to shoot guns knowing he had a mental disability.
- 5 – Christopher’s mother publicly acknowledged her son’s mental disabilities to others.
The president immediately used the media as his tool to demonize the background check process and demand more gun control before even checking his facts. The facts here plainly tell a story of a disenfranchised mother willing to do anything to maintain a bond with her mentally challenged son. She allowed this even if that meant allowing a dangerous situation to evolve into a “powder-keg” waiting to be ignited.
Christopher Harper-Mercer’s mother is responsible (as the facts bear out) for the deaths of those nine victims. She should be prosecuted and sent to prison for life on each count of murder. The ATF should investigate Laurel Harper and determine when she knew her son was mentally ill (obviously while in high school) and why she allowed him to have access to ANY firearms. Instead of helping her son she knowingly allowed a mentally ill person to buy firearms (a federal offense). She then stockpiled firearms because she anticipated stricter gun laws. Laurel Harper should be locked up and the key thrown away. She is a poor excuse for a mother!