The father of the perpetrator of the recent shooting in Oregon: “I’m not trying to say that [it’s] to blame for what happened, but if Chris had not been able to get ahold of 13 guns, it would not have happened,” Mercer said.
In search of answers as to why this guy committed murder, authorities and society and individuals are looking for a motive, evidence of mental illness, evil, a bad childhood, drug abuse, something to explain why. We want somehow to know that this happens to other people, for reasons that we can eradicate in our own communities. But the truth is that none of us is safe, not in our schools, grocery stores, Walmarts, churches, McDonald’s, parks, highways, workplaces, concert halls. There are guns everywhere. Your neighbor has three. The clerk at Lowe’s has ten. The assistant manager at Burger King has thirteen, like Chris Mercer. Any one of them could be the next star of his own private vengeance movie.
There have always been disaffected young men, adrift, with violent tendencies. They will always be with us, in every society, every country. Here in the U.S., we choose to arm them.
I don’t want to have to be armed to go outside my house.
I want to live among others who are not paranoid, who accept that we drive on the right side of the road and do not shoot each other. I do want to take away your guns, if you want to be in this community with me.
If your guns are so damn important to you, live elsewhere, and arm your angry young men all you want. Leave us peaceable people in peace.