Today, a twenty-year-old man opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, killing at least ten people, and injuring more than twenty others, several in critical condition. It seems like this is becoming an everyday occurrence, and yet the U.S. Congress is doing absolutely nothing to prevent easy access to guns.
What is much more disturbing about this incident is that many people knew the young man was going to do it, and even encouraged him. What the hell is happing to people in this country? Would the Republican Party and its leaders please stop all the hate rhetoric that is dividing this country.
The following appears in CNN.
According to the source close to the investigation, authorities are looking at social media posts between a person they believe may have been the shooter, and others.
The conversation happened Wednesday night on 4chan.
In it, the writer talks about planning to carry out a shooting. Others egg him on, giving him suggestions on how to do it, and the type of weapons to use.
The responses are mixed — with some users characterizing the would-be gunman as a pathetic loser. Others called him a twisted hero.
In the posts, there is a reference to the UC Santa Barbara shooter, who wrote a manifesto and videoed himself before opening fire a year ago.
“This is the only time I’ll ever be in the news. I’m so insignificant,” reads an apparent post by the would-be Oregon gunman.