Governor Bobby Jindal says the Oregon shooter’s father is a loser who needs to stay out of political discussions on gun control. Jindal says the father is to blame for the shooting because the father and mother got divorced, and she moved away with their son. Jindal has no problem with the fact that the mother knew her son had mental issues, and was not always taking his medication, but chose to keep an arsenal of fourteen weapons in their home, including loaded assault rifles and a Glock handgun. As the mother once wrote: “I keep two full mags in my Glock case. And the ARs & AKs all have loaded mags.”
Jindal has made the following statements on the issue:
The 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 is a complete failure as a father, he should be embarrassed to even show his face in public. He’s the problem here.
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We have a culture that doesn’t value life. We’ve got millions of boys growing up without a father figure, without that guidance at home. Too often these shooters are misguided young men. So you’ve got Hillary Clinton, [President] Barack Obama and now this 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 sons life, hadn’t been communicating with him since he was living with his mother. He doesn’t need to be lecturing us on gun control.
It is absolutely amazing how members of the Republican Party literally cannot hold a discussion on any issue they disagree, and instead will attack anyone who has a contrary opinion. Their level of hate and ignorance is shocking, but what is even more staggering is that approximately 50% of the voters in this country support them. It’s a sad reality that we at Ring of Fire cannot comprehend.