In a staggering twist of logic, the father of Umpqua Community College killer Christopher Harper-Mercer is blaming guns, rather than his son, for the bloody killing spree that ended with nine innocent people dead.
In an interview with CNN, Ian Mercer claims he doesn’t blame guns, then spends much of the interview refuting that assertion. Mercer does not indicate that he believes his son was solely responsible for the massacre.
“That’s what guns are,” he stated. “The killers. It’s as simple as that. It’s black and white.”
The facts are even simpler: His son massacred nine people and wounded seven more, some severely.
Mercer also blames Congress for not enacting more stringent gun laws.
“They talk about gun laws,” he said. “They talk about gun control. Every time something like this happens, they talk about it and nothing is done.”
Some pundits wondered if Mercer believes the ammunition was a co-conspirator in the community college bloodbath.
Apparently unfamiliar with other massacres involving disturbed madmen around the globe, Mercer stated, “Look all over the world. You don’t see these kind of mass shootings all over the world on a consistent basis like you do in the United States.”
Social media exploded with anger over Mercer’s statements, putting the blame squarely where it belongs and questioning the father’s parental responsibility for how he raised his son.
“This idiot [needs to be] charged with a crime. He knew his insane son had 13 guns and he did nothing,” wrote one.
Another tweeted, “Father of killer blames guns. No one ever takes responsibility for their actions. What about parenting of this kid?”
“I’m a great believer, you don’t buy guns,” Mercer concluded. “Don’t buy guns. Don’t buy guns.”
“Another idea,” noted The Right Scoop, “might be don’t raise a mass-murdering monster.”