Much to the chagrin of the liberal media, several Republican presidential contenders have been focused on the issue of mental health in the wake of Oregon’s mass shooting, and their argument just got a big boost.
Christopher Harper-Mercer, the 26-year-old gunman who killed nine people at Umpqua Community College before taking his own life, was suffering from mental health issues, according to his own mother.
Excerpts of the manifesto authored by the killer emerged Monday, suggesting mental health played a role.
Harper-Mercer had spared the life of a student to deliver an envelope containing a flash drive that is now in the possession of police. The student read portions of the manifesto to a reporter.
“I’ve been forced to align myself with these demons and become one of them,” the source said, reading the manifesto aloud. “At first, it was involuntary, but now I am aligned with them. I now serve. When I die I will become one of them.”
“My success in Hell is assured,” Harper-Mercer continued. “Other people think I’m crazy, but I’m not. I’m the sane one.”
The gunman also complained about not having a girlfriend and being a virgin at the age of 26, in the writings he left behind.
The killer’s mother, Laurel Harper, a practicing nurse, told officials that her son had “mental problems,” according to the Associated Press, and had previously described his struggle with mental illness to the family of one of her patients.
Harper-Mercer undeniably struggled with mental illness, but the facts seem irrelevant to opportunistic, propagandizing liberals.
Democrats are relentlessly ridiculing conservative politicians and pundits for addressing mental health as the root cause of the shooting.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump slammed Obama Monday for talking about guns as opposed to mental health.
“It’s not the guns that do the shooting, it’s the people,” he said. “It’s the mind that does the shooting.”
Trump mentioned practical steps during the interview, like giving mental hospitals the funding they need.
Republican presidential contender, Dr. Ben Carson, also offered a voice-of-reason for many Second Amendment supporters.
“Obviously, there are going to be those who are going to be calling for gun control,” Carson said Thursday. “Obviously, that’s not the issue. The issue is the mentality of these people.”
Identifying people who are suffering from mental illness and showing early signs of violence is something that society needs to learn to do, Carson said.
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