Nine people were killed at Umpqua Community College on the morning of the first of October, the latest victims in yet another horrific shooting that occurred in the United States.
26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer entered the community college and began a rampage of terror that ended up leaving a total of 10 dead, including Mercer himself, and at least seven others wounded in Oregon’s worst mass shooting since the Thurston shooting of 1998.
While a clear motive has yet to be established, a look into Mercer’s background revealed that he seemed to have an innate dislike of organized religion, leading him to prioritize Christians as his primary targets.
The latest shooting, revealed by the Washington Post to be the 294th shooting that resulted in four or more deaths in the United States this year, has once again left the country in shock. Yet as more and more mass shootings take place each month, a chilling acceptance has mostly replaced surprise in the eyes of Americans, as such incidents have become almost a routine.
Indeed, as President Obama said in response to the tragedy, it’s almost as if people as a whole seem to have become “largely numb to [mass shootings.]” And as yet another round of gun control debates begin, Americans as a whole must ponder what the best course of action to bring such events to a virtual halt.
“Each time this happens, I’m going to bring this up,” the President added in his address. “Each time this happens, I’m going to say that we can actually do something about it.” Obama himself will be visiting Roseburg this coming Friday, where he will meet with the families of those killed and injured in the shooting.