Oregon Shooting

Olivia Hansen, Co-editor

  Umpqua Community College in Oregon was recently the scene of a religion based school shooting on Oct. 1. The gunman targeted students of Christian belief specifically, and killed ten victims, ranging from students aging from 19 to 67. The gunman, Chris Harper Mercer, killed himself after committing the crime.

  The gunman allegedly entered a classroom, and shot the professor right away. He proceeded to ask if any of the students were Christians, and after they stood up to show they were, he shot them after being quoted saying, “Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second.” From then he aimed one of his fourteen firearms at the students and killed them.

  Sources say that the first 911 call came around 10:38 a.m. and within minutes Oregon police officers were on the scene. The officers exchanged gunfire with Mercer, but then a report came in of a “suspect down”. The gunman’s body was investigated by the state medical examiner and they ruled the gunman’s death as a suicide.

  “Somehow this has become routine,” President Barack Obama tells reporters. “The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.” Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America — next week, or a couple months from now.”

  President Obama plans to push for a change in gun laws in the future.


Source: CNN News