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The search for explanations in the Oregon shootings

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 7:44 AM

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Social media mining has begun in the search for motivation (as if) in the mass shooting yesterday at an Oregon community college. A sample here of what's being unearthed about the young man identified as the shooter, who died in an exchange with police.

If blog posts found are indeed those of the shooter, some themes emerge: A 26-year-old man with emotional or learning problems who'd thought and written about similar shootings and the celebrity they created for the shooters.

A Los Angeles TV station talked with former neighbors. More here from NBC.

Guns: Oregon is an open carry state. The restrictions on guns in public places provides many exceptions for those with concealed carry permits, including college campuses.

President Obama's statement here.  An excerpt:

And what’s become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun legislation. Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out: We need more guns, they’ll argue. Fewer gun safety laws.

Does anybody really believe that? There are scores of responsible gun owners in this country —they know that's not true. We know because of the polling that says the majority of Americans understand we should be changing these laws — including the majority of responsible, law-abiding gun owners.

There is a gun for roughly every man, woman, and child in America. So how can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more guns will make us safer? We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don't work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns is not borne out by the evidence.

Yes, he anticipated the usual criticism of his view.

"And of course, what’s also routine is somebody somewhere will comment and say, 'Obama will politicize this issue.' Well, this is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to our body politic."

"This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families."

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