Laurel Harper, the mother of Oregon shooter Chris Harper Mercer, reportedly defended open-carry laws and bragged about the number of guns that she owned, including assault weapons.
Harper made her remarks during a Facebook discussion about the open carry of guns in September 2014, according to Vocativ.
Harper reportedly wrote, “You can’t be that naive, can you? It’s ridiculously easy to understand the apprehension associated with open carry. I moved from So. Calif. to Oregon, from Southern Crime-a-mania to open carry. An open carry law won’t work everywhere!"
“And when the mood strikes, and as long as we’re tossing around brand names, I sling an AR, Tek-9 or AK over my shoulder, or holster a Glock 21 (not 22), or one of my other handguns, like the Sig Sauer P226, and walk out the door. I find the shotguns are a little too cumbersome to open carry."
According to reports, Harper and Mercer moved from Torrance, California, to Roseburg, Oregon, back in 2013 to get a fresh start.
Law enforcement said on Oct. 2 that seven guns were found at the apartment that Harper and Mercer shared; the weapons were legally purchased by Mercer and other family members. Mercer took six additional weapons with him during the deadly shooting on Oct. 1 at Umpqua Community College, which took nine lives. Mercer took his own life, according to a report by a medical examiner, reports CNN.
Some residents of Roseburg are refusing to mention Mercer's name because they want to make him anonymous, even though the mass shooter's name been reported world-wide for days, notes the Los Angeles Times.
The Roseburg News-Review published a picture of Mercer, a community vigil and the headline: "UNITED IN GRIEF," which brought outrage from some locals on the newspaper's Facebook page. The Roseburg News-Review didn't mention Mercer's name in next issue, but plans to mention him when needed.
Apparently, some of this has been fueled by Douglas County, Oregon, Sheriff John Hanlin, who told the media, "You will never hear me say his name." However, law enforcement also announced a tip line for people with information about Mercer (whose name won't be used by Hanlin or by some in the community).