Sigh . . .
Fucking Again . . .
The gunman who carried out the deadly attack at Umpqua Community College was a student in the same class as many of his nine victims: Writing 115, also called Introduction to Expository Writing.
Authorities identified the dead on Friday and they, as well as friends and family, shared details about those lost.
Some were teenagers, trying to make their way toward four-year colleges. The oldest was their teacher, Larry Levine, 67, an assistant professor of English who taught part time at Umpqua for many years so he could pursue his other passions – fly fishing on the Umpqua River and writing about the outdoor world he loved.
In between, there were mothers and fathers just looking to learn.
“This is one of the hardest things that anyone has to do,” C. Lance Colley, city manager in the small town of Roseburg, said when the victims were named. “Something that we hoped won’t happen anywhere, much less our community.”
In addition to Levine, the slain victims were identified as Lucero Alcaraz, 19; Quinn Glen Cooper, 18; Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59; and Lucas Eibel, 18, all of Roseburg, Ore.; Jason Johnson, 33, of Winston, Ore.; Sarena Dawn Moore, 44, and Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18, both of Myrtle Creek, Ore.; and Treven Taylor Anspach, 20, of Sutherlin, Ore.
The gunman was described Friday as a “hate-filled” individual with anti-religion and white supremacist leanings who had long struggled with mental health issues, law enforcement sources said.
The family of Chris Harper-Mercer, who is suspected of killing at least nine people Thursday in Oregon, says they are in shock.
Officials said Friday that they recovered 13 weapons linked to the shooter, identified as Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer, 26. Six weapons were found at the college, seven were found during a search of his apatrtment—and all were legally purchased, officials said.
And as in past mass shootings, the gun nuts went in to hyperdrive mode before the corpses were cold repeating their hoary old mantra that if only a good guy with a gun had been present ... yada, yada, yada . . . .
Well, turns out, in this case in Oregon this past week, a good guy with a gun was present and his take on the whole thing was practical and unlike the NRA gun clowns, reality based:
A veteran who says he was carrying a concealed weapon on the UCC campus Thursday when 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer went on a murderous rampage, says he didn’t intervene because he knew police SWAT team members wouldn’t know him from the shooter.
In an interview with MSNBC, vet John Parker said he knows lots of students who conceal carry at the school because, despite a school policy that discourages weapons on campus, Oregon state law does allow it.
“Luckily we made the choice not to get involved,” he explained. “We were quite a distance away from the building where this was happening. And we could have opened ourselves up to be potential targets ourselves, and not knowing where SWAT was, their response time, they wouldn’t know who we were. And if we had our guns ready to shoot, they could think that we were bad guys.”
And there it fucking is. Because in a fluid, chaotic situation like that, how the fuck are the trained authorities to know exactly who the fucking true bad guy is if every fucking NRA Yosemite Sam, dickhead wannabe is running around with his own firearms in hand?
Yet this is the society that the NRA assholes would have you believe is the society that is best for America - a society awash with guns, guns in everyone's hands, guns of every size, power and killing capability, a society where a car backfiring has families and children diving for cover in their own neighborhoods, or now even in public places, a society where even babies in their classroom at school are considered expendable. It is, as Geraldo Rivera says (and The Gadfly rarely agrees with that asshat) a "gun sick" society.
The American voters have a ton of blood on their hands for this ongoing slaughter. They continually vote for asshole politicians who are bought and paid for tools of the NRA and the gun manufacturers and who also buy in to the warped, sick neo-biblical views of these same ignorant creeps and their equally ignorant and criminally incompetent mouthpieces in the media.
The Gadfly is convinced that if the real Jesus Christ were to return to this planet today, and see the hateful, death cult sickness that is being perpetrated in his name and see how all of these people are distorting his teachings to fit their own narrow-minded, regressive political and social narratives, he would truly fucking weep .. and then .. in a moment of uncontrolled rage .. (in The Gadfly's vision) he'd turn them all in to fucking cockroaches.
Hey .. a dirty old fucking liberal hippie can dream --- can't he? . . . . .