The father of the shooter in the Umpqua Community College massacre questioned his son’s ability to obtain firearms and called for strict gun control measures following the shooting.
Ian Mercer spoke to CNN’s Ryan Young (below), expressing his heartbreak for the families who lost their loved ones at the hands of his son and saying he had “no idea” that the 26-year-old owned any guns.
“You know, they talk about gun laws, they talk about gun control. Every time something like this happens, they talk about it, and nothing is done,” Mercer said.
“I’m not trying to say that that’s to blame for what happened, but if Chris had not been able to get ahold of 13 guns, it wouldn’t have happened.”
The number of guns owned by Chris Harper-Mercer was found to be 14, with several found at the scene of the massacre that killed nine people. Harper-Mercer took his own life following the rampage.
“You don’t see these kinds of mass shootings all over the world on a consistent basis like you do in the United States. So somebody has to ask the question, ‘how is it so easy to get all these guns?’” Mercer said.
“I’ve never held a gun in my life, and I never want to. But I know there are people that do.”
Watch Mercer’s entire interview below.