Chris Harper Mercer
The research on guns and gun ownership is clear. Having firearms in your home makes everyone who lives there more likely to be a victim of gun violence, period. That's irresponsible parenting.
"There are quite a few people who would rather be famous than good," a psychiatrist says.
Investigators say Harper-Mercer's mother has told them the son was struggling with some mental health issues.
Almost three years have gone by since the horrific Newtown, CT shootings, and here we are again: Ten dead, and 20 injured in Oregon. Yes, there have been school shootings in between (approximately one per week), but the similarities between Chris Harper Mercer, Elliot Rodger in 2014, and Adam Lanza, revolve around suspected autism spectrum conditions.
There are many pieces to this complex puzzle but another important place for prevention is within our schools. It should not be overlooked that most of these shootings take place in institutions that house our most vulnerable citizens -- our children
Authorities say the gunman, like other mass shooters, bought them legally.
Sherry Towers talks about why we need federal funding to study mass shooting that happen in the U.S.
"You will not hear anyone from this law enforcement operation use his name."
Six weapons were recovered from the school and seven from the gunman's apartment.
In a press conference covering the brutal mass murders at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Sheriff John Hanlin defiantly refused to mention the name of the perpetrator, Chris Harper Mercer, and encouraged the media to do the same. The media should reject the Sheriff's request.