On Sunday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had already slammed Ian Mercer, the father of Umpqua Community College shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer, as a “complete failure as a father,” doubled down on ABC’s This Week.
I absolutely believe he has no right to be lecturing the rest of us. Look, gun control is not going to solve this … 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 be lecturing us on gun control.
Jindal pointed out that American society had deteriorated morally, stating, “We have a moral decay going on in our culture. We’ve got graphic violence in our movies, our video games, our TV shows. We have 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 that guidance at home.”
Last week, Jindal bluntly asserted, “These acts of evil are a direct result of cultural rot, and it is cultural rot that we have brought upon ourselves, and then we act like we are confounded and perplexed by what is happening here.” After listing numerous examples of the violence pervasive in American culture, Jindal wrote:
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.
Ian Mercer and Christopher Harper Mercer’s mother, Laurel Margaret Harper, married in 1989, but separated just 11 months later. They officially divorced in 2006. The murderer lived with his mother, 64, who stockpiled guns in the apartment they shared.