Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal doubled down on his comments blaming the Oregon’s gunman’s father for the death of 10 people and injuring nine others.
In an interview with ABC News, the Republican presidential hopeful said he still “absolutely” agrees with the statement he issued in the wake of the shooting.
We’ve got a moral decay going on in our culture. We’ve got graphic violence in our movies, our video games, our TV shows, we’ve got senseless violence being depicted in our songs, we’ve got a culture that doesn’t value life, we’ve got millions of boys growing up without father figures, without the guidance at home. Too often, these shooters are misguided young men.
You have Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, now the shooter’s father lecturing us on the need for gun control. He doesn’t need to be lecturing us. He, by his own admission, didn’t know how his son got those guns, didn’t know how many guns his son had, by his own admission wasn’t involved in his son’s life, hadn’t been communicating with him since he was living with his mother. He doesn’t need to lecture us on gun control.
We need to fix our culture. We need a renaissance of decency. We need a spiritual revival in this country. Passing more laws to take away the rights of law-abiding Americans won’t stop this problem. Won’t stop the next massacre. Won’t stop the next tragedy.
On Oct. 6, Jindal wrote a “rant” or more of a “sermon” on his campaign website to talk candidly about the horrific incident where he was critical about violent movies, music, TV and current pop culture in America.
And who is it that generally commits these evil acts of mass murder that are becoming routine? It’s almost always young men who have either no father figure in their lives, or a broken relationship with their father. Is this just a coincidence? Of course not.
Now, let’s get really politically incorrect here and talk specifically about this horror in Oregon. 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.
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.
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.
When he was asked what his relationship was with his son, he said he hadn’t seen him in a while because he lived with his mother. Case Closed.
The New York Times reported that the gunman, 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer, was described as a withdrawn and quiet individual who spent most of his time inside his mother’s apartment. Neighbors often saw him wearing combat boots and Army pants. When people were able to get him to open up, he talked about guns.
His mother, Laurel Harper, who acknowledge he had a common type of mental illness, like Asperger’s syndrome, connected with him through firearms by talking them and going shooting together.
The Times traced his online history where he spent much of his time and often expressed animosity toward organized religion, complained of never having a girlfriend, interest in the Irish Republican Army and recent mass shootings.
Mercer’s parents divorced when he was about 16 years old and he lived with his mother. In the wake of the shooting, his father, Ian Mercer, who lives in California, said he didn’t have any answers or the right words for the victims, but believed the availability of firearms was part of the problem.
“We talk about gun laws. We talk about gun control. Every time something like this happens, they talk about it and nothing gets done. I’m not trying to say that that’s to blame for what happened, but if Chris had not been able to get hold of 13 guns, this wouldn’t have happened,” Mercer told CNN.
Mercer said he has never held a gun. He doesn’t want to, he said. He laid out his personal philosophy on the issue: “I’m a great believer (in) you don’t buy guns, don’t buy guns, you don’t buy guns.”
He said he had a “harmonious” relationship with his son although he hadn’t seen him since before his son moved to Oregon a couple years ago.