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Oregon gunman was Army dropout who studied mass shooters

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published October 2, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. Updated October 2, 2015 at 6:03 p.m.

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This undated photo from a MySpace page that appeared to belong to Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer shows him holding a rifle. Authorities identified Mercer as the gunman who went on a deadly shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

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Deadly shooting rocks Oregon college

Shooting at Oregon community college

A deadly shooting rampage in Oregon has left at least 10 people dead.

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ROSEBURG, Ore. — The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire in a community college English class, killing nine, was an Army boot camp dropout who studied mass shooters before becoming one himself.

A day after the rampage in an Oregon timber town, authorities said Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer wore a flak jacket and brought at least six guns and five ammunition magazines to the school. Investigators found another seven guns at the apartment he shared with his mother.

Also Friday, officials released the names, ages and brief biographical information about the nine dead, who ranged in age from 18 to 67 and included several freshmen and a teacher. They were sons and daughters, spouses and parents.

One of the freshmen was active in the Future Farmers of America and loved to play soccer. Another was on only his fourth day of college. Grieving families began sharing details of their loved ones.

"We have been trying to figure out how to tell everyone how amazing Lucas was, but that would take 18 years," the family of Lucas Eibel, 18, said in a statement released through the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Quinn Glen Cooper's family said their son had just started college.

"I don't know how we are going to move forward with our lives without Quinn," the Coopers said. "Our lives are shattered beyond repair."

Nine other people were wounded in the attack, officials said.

Harper-Mercer, who died during a shootout with police, was armed with handguns and a rifle, some of which were military grade. The weapons had been purchased legally over the past three years, some by him, others by relatives, said Celinez Nunez, assistant field agent for the Seattle division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Harper-Mercer's social media profiles suggested he was fascinated by the Irish Republican Army, frustrated by traditional organized religion and that he tracked other mass shootings. In one post, he appeared to urge readers to watch the online footage of Vester Flanagan shooting two former colleagues live on TV in August in Virginia, noting "the more people you kill, the more you're in the limelight."

The Army said Harper-Mercer flunked out of basic training in 2008

In Washington, President Barack Obama lamented the government's inability to pass stricter gun laws even after attacks like the one in Oregon.

At a news conference Friday at the White House, Obama said he plans to keep talking about the issue and "will politicize it" because inaction is itself a political decision the U.S. is making.

He said it's impossible to identify mentally ill people likely to perpetrate mass shootings ahead of time. The only thing the U.S. can do, he explained, is ensure they don't have an arsenal available "when something in them snaps."

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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carpenterretired says... October 2, 2015 at 12:07 p.m.

Seems to have followed NRA doctrine of having good quality guns and plenty of ammo as well as being a good marksman .

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BEARTRAP919 says... October 2, 2015 at 1:09 p.m.

Gun Culture Gone Wild, NRA and Republicans Demand more Gun Rights, Open Carry seems to be Legal In Arkansas per The Attorney General. Buy Fresh AMMUNITION,

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RestoftheStory says... October 2, 2015 at 1:10 p.m.

This story has very little to do with the NRA and everything to do with a maniac that targeted Christians. The national media has provided evidence that he asked victims if they were Christian before shooting them. This Dem/Gaz article indicated that he disliked "religious" people, but that is partially correct. If he intended to kill Christians, he would have found a way whether he had guns or not. Will you ban airplanes, pressure cookers, fertilizer, and pipes? All of these and more can be used by people to inflict harm on others if a person is so inclined.
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We have had plenty of guns throughout the history of the U.S., but mass shootings have not been commonplace. Why? First, the President of the U.S. has created an environment of unrest, and he keeps stirring the pot. Second, some in this country are attempting to transition away from the Bible to a system where everybody does what is right in their own eyes. There is one ultimate standard, and it is not Islam, Buddhism, Yoga, or Psychology. It is the Bible. If this country continues to reject God and the Bible, you will continue to see an increase in sin and debauchery no matter how many gun laws you pass.

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BOLTAR says... October 2, 2015 at 1:16 p.m.

REVEALED HERE FIRST: THE SUPER-DUPER, HONEST-TO-GOD PLAN FOR OVERTHROWING THE KENYAN TYRANT

According to their own logic, those who are most adamantly against gun control should actually support legislation in favor of it because gun control inevitably guarantees their rise to power.

Here is why.

The most virulent gun fetishists love to make these two proclamations as fundamental articles of faith:

1) "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!"
2) "You can take my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!"

These same people either join or sympathize with so-called citizens' militias who dress up in Wal-Mart camouflage and play soldier in the woods in preparation for the big war against Uncle Socialist when the Kenyan Tyrant makes his move.

When the Kenyan Tyrant comes for their guns next Wednesday, the forest patriots predict these two steps in the early stages of the coming war:

1) The Kenyan Tyrant will outlaw all guns and demand they be surrendered under threat of prosecution.
2) All true patriots will refuse to surrender their guns and will be branded as outlaws to be rounded up and thrown forever into the vast system of gulags that have just been completed somewhere in Texas during the recent military exercises.

Now the most ingenious phase of the struggle begins.

Hearken back to the first proclamation that says, "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!" If this is true (and the gun fetishists all swear it is), the smartest of the camouflaged bush beaters will slyly rejoice when the Kenyan Tyrant falls into their trap. For when all guns are outlawed, those who cling to their weapons will officially become outlaws, and ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE GUNS!

Taking over the country will be a cakewalk when only they -- the outlaws - have guns!

After that, it will be a simple matter to throw all the losers into the gulags with the Kenyan Tyrant they love so much!

Then they can re-establish the Judeo-Christian government and clear out all the riff-raff!

Yee-haw!

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Kharma says... October 2, 2015 at 1:26 p.m.

Before the Gun Control Act of 1968 one could order WWII battle rifles and sundry other semi-automatic weapons through the mail. Before the NFA of 1934 one could own sawed-off and even fully automatic weapons w/o restrictions.

Mass shootings are a (relatively) recent phenomena. Why is this? This a societal problem. To commit mass murder is evidence of a defect. There are too many defective people.

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BOLTAR says... October 2, 2015 at 1:32 p.m.

A million defective persons with zero guns cause zero gun-related deaths. A mental defect is not required for a gun-related death. Only a person with a gun is required for a gun-related death. Do the math. What is the critical element here? Most people can figure this out.

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Kharma says... October 2, 2015 at 1:41 p.m.

The critical element is that high powered semi-automatic, and until 1934, even fully automatic, weapons have been freely available since the late 1800s, and yet the mass shooting problem is a recent problem. The problem is not guns it is people. Your position will not win. There will be no mass attempt to disarm the citizenry. Most people can figure this out.

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3WorldState1 says... October 2, 2015 at 1:47 p.m.

I can guarantee more guns aren't the answer.
We think the middle east people are crazy. We kill more people here violently than they do. They prob look at us and say, "holy sh*^&%, Americans are crazy. People just go around and shoot people everyday. And they say we're crazy?"
A plane or a pressure cooker was not made to expel a metal ball 2500 fps. Guns were made to kills things. Man did not make a gun to "practice shoot". He made it to kill bears, hunt, and kill those that tried to hurt him. To kill things.
Now, are their insane regulations on planes and cars and everything else dangerous? Yes.
As a gun owner, this country should have much stricter guns laws. As you have said, "if your not doing anything wrong..."

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BOLTAR says... October 2, 2015 at 2:07 p.m.

To assert an idea is not popular has no impact on whether the idea is valid..

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3WorldState1 says... October 2, 2015 at 2:54 p.m.

Zactly.

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