In a new blog post, posted Tuesday, Louisiana governor and Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal contends that Ian Mercer, the father of Oregon gunman Chris Harper-Mercer, is partly to blame for the recent Umpqua Community College shooting.
Jindal began his post by writing that the “root” of “evil acts” like the shooting that left nine dead, and nine wounded, is a “deep and serious cultural decay in our society.”
The 44-year-old said that “senseless acts of violence” are glorified by pop culture, before delving specifically into the Roseburg incident.
“Now, let’s get really politically incorrect here and talk specifically about this horror in Oregon,” he wrote. “This killer’s father is now lecturing us on the need for gun control and he says he has no idea how or where his son got the guns.”
During a Saturday interview with CNN, Mercer called for stricter gun laws and said he didn’t understand how his son was able to “compile 13 guns.”
“Of course he doesn’t know,” Jindal said in his blog post. “You know why he doesn’t know? Because he is not, and has never been in his son’s life. He’s a complete failure as a father, he should be embarrassed to even show his face in public. He’s the problem here.”
The politician asserted that Mercer “failed to raise his son” and “owes us all an apology.”
Harper-Mercer was born in the U.K. but moved to the U.S. as a young boy. The 26-year-old, who authorities said committed suicide while exchanging fire with cops, had not seen his father in over two years, CNN reported.
Jindal said any serious efforts to change the growing trend of mass gun violence in America must “address the root problems” and stop blaming “pieces of hardware.”
“As long as we place no value on human life, as long as we glorify senseless violence and evil, we will get the exact same result,” he wrote.
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