On Asperger’s and Umpqua


If Chris Harper-Mercer didn’t take the coward’s way out after the shooting at Umpqua Community College I imagine his defense would have been one of two things, either bullying or Asperger’s. In the 15 years I’ve been writing about school shootings those seem to be the two most popular scapegoats for those looking to escape their responsibility for school violence. As I’ve said before Asperger’s doesn’t make people into killers. Asperger’s does not cloud your sense of right and wrong or what’s legal and what is not. Many Asperger’s patients are successful well-adjusted people. Unfortunately Harper-Mercer was not one of those people and his mother doesn’t seem to be one either.

Not only did Harper-Mercer allegedly have Asperger’s but so does his mother, Laurel Harper. Asperger’s patients can obsess over a hobby; for the Harpers their obsession was with guns. Ms. Harper was of the belief that the government would revoke the 2nd Amendment any day now and is said to have stockpiled firearms. For those of you who may be of the same mind it takes a two-third majority vote of both houses to amend the Constitution. The last time that happened was 20 years ago and that concerned the salaries of congressmen so you know that would pass with no problem. So in short, Obama ain’t comin’ for yer guns. Harper and her son really seem to have the Nancy/Adam Lanza vibe going on. She should probably consider herself lucky that her son didn’t kill her.

The problem with a lot of Asperger’s patients is that they’re self-diagnosed. These people are usually just anti-social jerks hiding behind the Autism spectrum to blame other people for their problems. I really have to wonder if that’s the case here.

Donation pages for the victims of the Umpqua Community College Shooting


The following are the GoFundMe pages for many of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting. Some are survivors and unfortunately too many are not. All their families need assistance with various costs stemming from the shooting. Please consider donating. Any help they can receive would go a long way in helping not only the victims and their families heal but would help heal the Roseburg community as well.

Ana Boylan, 18 – Survivor
Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, 16 – Survivor
Chris Mintz, 30 – Chris was the man who threw himself in front of the gunman to protect others. On his GoFundMe page he asks that before you donate to him consider helping the other victims first.
Julie Woodworth, 19, you can read the extent of Julie’s injuries here.
Amber McMurtrey, 34 – Survivor
Rand McGowan, 18 – Survivor

Rebecka Carnes, 18, deceased.
Lucero Alcaraz, 19, deceased.
Quinn Cooper, 18, deceased.
Kim Dietz, 59, deceased.
Treven Anspach, 20, deceased.
Jason Johnson, 34, deceased.
Sarena Moore, 44, deceased, does not have a donation page as far as I know but this article needs to be read to see just how much of a coward the gunman really was.

There’s also the UCC Relief Fund through the United Way.

If you know of any more donation pages for the victims please let me know and I will have them added.

Why the Umpqua shooter’s manifesto should be released


During the Umpqua Community College shooting the gunman, Chris Harper-Mercer, is said to have spared one victim in order to hand them a manifesto to be made public. While the complete details of the manifesto have not yet been made public it’s been leaked that Harper-Mercer allegedly bemoaned that he wasn’t too successful with the ladies. I’ll be getting into his lack of social skills in a future post.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin has gone on record saying that he will not mention the gunman by name

Roseburg’s anonymity campaign — appearing in hashtags like #dontsayhisname — has been driven in part by Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, who told reporters, “You will never hear me say his name.”

Hanlin reportedly does this in order to avoid giving undeserving fame to the shooter. I disagree with him on this point, but I digress.

It stands to reason that since Hanlin won’t name the killer he may not ever release the killer’s manifesto to the public. I think this is a mistake and the manifesto should be made public.

Several years ago a U.S. District Judge ordered depositions given by the parents of the Columbine shooters were to be kept sealed in the National Archives until 2028. Similarly former Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink had the infamous Basement Tapes destroyed in 2011 without notifying any kind of media. It wasn’t until earlier this year that anyone knew that the tapes had been destroyed. In both instances both decisions were made in order avoid any more copycat shootings. Unfortunately that has not been the case. Instead of having knowledge of how the gunmen acted and planned we have myths and legends born out of ignorance that some have used in order to stage their own killings.

Knowledge is power and the more knowledge we have about how mass murderers like this act and think the better chance we have of stopping the next possible shooting.

Oikos University gunman declared competent to stand trial

One Goh

One Goh

The last time we heard anything about Oikos University gunman One Goh he had been ordered to a state psychiatric hospital after being declared mentally incompetent to stand trial for gunning down seven people at the small religious Oakland college. Recently the state hospital has declared Goh mentally competent to stand trial. His attorney is appealing and a hearing on Goh’s competence has been scheduled for November.

Goh was previously enrolled at the school and went on his killing spree after being expelled from the school and perceived bad treatment from other students. However Goh himself was said to be an anti-social troll would be verbally abusive to women and would go and pick fights.

Goh would have been eligible for the death penalty if it wasn’t found unconstitutional in California last year.

The insignificance of the Umpqua Community College shooter


I guess we have to talk about the shooting at Umpqua Community College. I almost didn’t want to. When I first saw the headline that there had been a school shooting with nine dead I literally could not believe it. I had to double-check the headline to make sure I wasn’t misreading it. I thought maybe I was having a bad dream. I just didn’t want to believe it this time. When it finally registered that it did happen it threw me into a deep depression. I’d like to say that I waited almost week before posting about it because I wanted to wait to get all the pertinent information but 24-48 hours is usually sufficient for that. Instead I just kept putting it off because I was too depressed. I’m not trying to make this story about me but if the next few posts about the shooting feel disjointed that’s why.

Before we get started though let’s take some time to remember the victims.


Starting at top left Lucas Eibel, 18, Sarena Dawn Moore, 44, Quinn Glen Cooper, 18, Professor Lawrence Levine, 67, Lucero Alcaraz, 19, Treven Taylor Anspach, 20, Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, Jason Dale Johnson, 34, and Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18.

I know I don’t have to rehash the details but for the record 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, killing the nine victims listed above.

What I wanted to talk about in this post is something that the gunman allegedly posted in a 4chan thread where he reportedly announced his intention to commit a school shooting.

The first 4chan post

The first 4chan post

Later on in the thread he reportedly said the following

“This is the only time I’ll ever be in the news. I’m so insignificant,” read an apparent post by the would-be Oregon gunman.

It’s my contention that he’s still insignificant and always will be. In a few months time his name will be forgotten to most everyone living outside of Roseburg.

For example do you remember the shootings at Red Lake High School or NIU? Nine people were killed at Red Lake and five at NIU? Now, can you remember the names of the gunmen off the top of your head? Chances are that you can’t. I took to my personal Facebook to ask my friends if they could name either one of the gunmen. Out of all the people who responded only two people could name either one of them. One is a former columbiner and the other is another crime blogger.

In another one of his online posts he went on about his admiration for Roanoke news gunman Vester Flanagan

“I have noticed that so many people like [Flanagan] are alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”

Except you’re only in the supposed limelight for the briefest of times. In the history of man you won’t even be a footnote. I had even completely forgotten Flanagan’s name until it was brought back up by the most recent shooting. Let’s examine that a little more. So Harper-Mercer was supposedly influenced by Flanagan. In turn Flanagan was influenced by the Virginia Tech and Columbine gunmen. So in Harper-Mercer we have a copy of a copy of a copy. It’s hard to be significant when you’re just another clone.

Speaking of copies Harper-Mercer is said to have asked some of his victims what religion they were. This harkens back to a Columbine trope where one of the gunmen there allegedly asked victim Cassie Bernall if she believed in God before shooting her. That’s been repeated in at least one other school shooting so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where this loser got it from.

Hell, this isn’t even Roseburg’s first school shooting. There was a shooting at Roseburg High School back in 2006. Like most school shooters if this assclown had an original thought it would die of loneliness. Also like most shooters this is just another self-absorbed and entitled asshole who thought the world owed him fame and everything else and instead of owning up to his own failures he blamed everyone else. Also just like every other clone who came before him he took the coward’s way out. It’s difficult to be significant when you’re just another copy.

If you want to be significant do something great with your life, Volunteer, write, paint, sing, become a first responder, enlist in the military, do something with your life that earns you the privilege of being remembered. Mass violence and suicide are nothing more than weak cop-outs.

Does the media glorify killers with history?


In the wake of the tragic loss of life at Umpqua Community College the debate has stirred up again whether or not naming the killers is giving them the fame that they craved. As I’ve said in a previous blog post I believe that the killers should be named so they don’t become more legend than statistic. However there is something that most media outlets use usually on the heels of such a crime that does more damage than naming the killers and that’s the ‘timeline’.

It never fails after a mass shooting like this. Just about every known part of the media will publish the list of the past mass shootings in this country, usually using Columbine as a starting point.

Here’s an example of some of the headlines I received in the days after the tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon.

“Recent history of mass shootings in the United States”

“Tragic List: The Deadliest Mass Shootings in US History”

“The worst school shootings in American history”

“142 school shootings since Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn” (Trench’s note: That stat is grossly overblown, I posted about this last year when the number was claimed to be 74)

“In the wake of Oregon massacre, here are 11 of the bloodiest school shootings since Columbine”

“Major school shootings in US since 1999”

“Factbox: Major shootings in the United States”

“5 Deadliest Mass School Shootings in Oregon”

“A look at the history of high-profile shootings in the Pacific Northwest”

“Deadliest shootings on or near U.S. college campuses”

“Timeline: Deadliest school shootings since Columbine”

“A look at major school shootings that have erupted in the US over the past decade”

“A look at deadliest shootings on or near US college campuses”

And so on.

These timelines are not only unnecessary but just lazy journalism. They’re used in out post Buzzfeed society to garner pageviews and anyone with a half a brain already knows that there is a crisis of violence in our country unmatched by any other Western society. We don’t need a constant reminder of every singe tragedy and every single loser who perpetrated it. When you do that it’s my opinion that the killers are then being glorified by posting these ‘hall of fame’ lists.

The only place I found that used the timeline concept wisely was the Washington Post who posted a list of the victims who should be remembered rather than the monsters who killed them.

Idaho school district bought guns in case of school shooting

And not one of these either. Get it? Because Idaho.

And not one of these either. Get it? Because Idaho.

All joking aside the Garden Valley School District in Idaho has purchased an undisclosed amount of firearms and are have said to have trained six of their staff in case a school shooting were to happen there. While I do support the 2nd amendment this is not a good idea.

First off the article states that it takes 45 minutes for police to get to the school which would be a somewhat reasonable argument however when I looked up the schools on Google Maps this is what I found.


Granted I don’t live even remotely close to Garden Valley so if I have the wrong location or the police department is only an annex station by all means correct me.

But what it really comes down to is two things. The first is unless they served in the military or in law enforcement there’s no amount of training that can prepare school employees for an active shooter situation unless they continue to undergo ongoing training and even then there’s still no guarantee that armed teachers would cause more good than harm. Secondly, and this is the most important part, if there are guns in a school, no matter how secure they may be, it can become a temptation for would be shooters from within the school. If a kid is determined enough, and we’ve seen some abnormally determined kids over the years, they will find their way to the guns come hell or high water.

New Colorado law makes schools liable for school shootings


Recently the state of Colorado passed a law that would make the schools themselves financially liable for school shootings.

Lawsuits would be limited to $350,000 per victim or $900,000 per incident when there are serious injuries or deaths from violence and the school is accused of negligence.

This legislation was born out of one incident and that was the shooting at Arapahoe High School where Karl Pierson shot and killed Claire Davis before taking his own life. Claire Davis’ parents believe that the school knew Pierson was a threat and failed to do anything about it.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper had this to say…

“Certainly for our children to learn and to grow, we need to make sure that we ensure their safety,” Hickenlooper said moments before signing the bill at the state Capitol.

While I feel for the friends and families of all school shooting victims this law will do nothing to keep children safe. It is nothing more than what I call ‘feel good legislation’ devised mainly to look good in the press and to get politicians re-elected. For example see my posts on Roy Cooper and Richard Blumenthal.

Think of all the school shooters since the late 90s. Could any of them have been deemed a threat by the school before their acts of violence? Only peripherally at best. That opens up a whole other can of worms. Now schools could go overboard in naming students as potential threats. That in turn could lead to more lawsuits by parents whose precious snowflakes were deemed threats.

Also does this law hold the school liable when the shooters are from outside the school like an Adam Lanza or a Charles Carl Roberts IV? Colorado has had at least two of these incidents where adult shooters Bruco Eastwood and Duane Morrison fired on schools.

In my opinion this law will only cause more problems and will not make our children any safer.

30-year-old school shooting has modern connections

A then 14-year-old James Alan Kearbey at the time of his arrest.

A then 14-year-old James Alan Kearbey at the time of his arrest.

I had never heard of the school shooting at Goddard Junior High School in Goddard, Kansas, until recently. Close friend of the site Denise sent me this article detailing the shooting 30 years later. The shooting happened on January, 21st 1985. I was 16 at the time. I don’t ever recall the news of it making it out to the East Coast of that time unlike today when we hear about events like these almost as they’re happening.

14-year-old James Alan Kearbey entered the school that morning armed with a .308 rife and a .357 Magnum. Before it was over he had shot and killed Principal James McGee and wounded three others before he surrendered to police. Much like modern-day school shootings there were claims of bullying however investigations would show that Kearbey was a tough acting loner obsessed with guns. Other students have said that he was difficult to get along with. Much like the Jonesboro shooting Kansas had no laws at the time where Kearbey could be charged as an adult. As you can see in the photo Kearbey wore a long coat and sunglasses, instead of making him look like a bad ass he looks more like a boy playing dress up in his father’s closet. Ten years after his release he found himself in trouble with the law again on firearms and domestic violence charges, not that unlike Kenny Bartley who was the Campbell County High gunman.

So it seems that even 30 years ago there were people of my generation who felt that they were entitled victims who could only cowardly solve there problems through violence. Not many as there are today but still some.

Shooting at school in Estonia leaves teacher dead

Winter Forest flag of Estonia

Winter Forest flag of Estonia

Recently there was a school shooting in the Baltic nation of Estonia that left a teacher dead. A 15-year-old student shot and killed his teacher in the middle of a class with his father’s legally owned handgun. According to the news this is the first of its kind in the country.

In Estonia guns can be legally purchased but each gun has to be registered. A little more restrictive than the US but not by much and very liberal by European standards.

So much like I did in my post about the Russian school shooting earlier this year and in my post about Tommy Guns I have to say that it’s not access to guns that are to blame for school shootings in the US but the sense of entitlement that too many parents are instilling into their kids. And I don’t even own a gun nor do I plan to.