According to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the real culprit in the Oregon massacre is the shooter’s father for being an anti-gun advocate who was never in his son’s life. Seriously. Apparently single mothers bear zero responsibility in the outcome of their children. Talking Points Memo reports:
“This killer’s father is now lecturing us on the need for gun control and he says he has no idea how or where his son got the guns,” Jindal wrote. “Of course he doesn’t know. You know why he doesn’t know? Because he is not, and has never been in his son’s life. He’s a complete failure as a father, he should be embarrassed to even show his face in public. He’s the problem here.” The father, Ian Mercer, has told the media he believes the shooting wouldn’t have happened if gun control laws had prevented his son from accessing the 13 weapons linked to him during the investigation into the shooting, which left 10 dead including Harper Mercer. It’s been reported that Harper-Mercer’s mother Laurel Harper had bragged prior to the shooting about the stockpile of firearms she had been collecting, and that she and her son were frequent visitors of the local gun range. According to the New York Times, Laurel Harper and Ian Mercer had divorced about a decade ago, and Ian had not seen his son in the two years since Chris Harper-Mercer moved to Oregon with his mother.
Jindal says the father owes America an apology: “He brags that he has never held a gun in his life and that he had no idea that his son had any guns. Why didn’t he know? Because he failed to raise his son. He should be ashamed of himself, and he owes us all an apology. Case Closed.”