Saturday, April 4th, 2015
A massacre at Oregon college claimed 10 lives
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A 26-year-old man started fire on a junior college grounds here in a frenzy that left 10 individuals dead and seven injured and transformed this rustic stretch of southern Oregon into the most recent American district attacked by a mass shooting.
Students portrayed their observations as scenes of gore moved in an open talking class that was in progress in a humanities building of the college, and individuals escaping in madness from classrooms as they heard shots adjacent. According to the law enforcement officials, Umpqua Community College of Roseburg, USA went into lockdown, and the shooter killed in encounter with the police who took prompt action.
Reports collected from witnesses revealed that the shooter was wearing ‘body armour’, three guns and one long firearm, and also a lot of bullets and shells were recouped from there. Many confusing reports of the casualties came after the shooting chaos. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said earlier that 13 individuals were killed and 20 others were injured.
The Douglas County sheriff, John Hanlin told on Thursday night that his office would likely not discharge the shooter’s personality and the victims for another 24 to 48 hours. Kortney Moore, a student of 18 told that the shooter shot her instructor in the head – then made a query to others about their religion (i.e. if they were Christian or not) before shooting once more. Father of another student, named Anastasia Boylan described the killer’s words before killing them as “Good, because you’re Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second.”
The law enforcement authority’s reports of the loss of life changed throughout the day with anxious parents waiting near the campus and the police searching from classroom to classroom. John Hanlin, the sheriff of Douglas County, told in a news meeting at about 5 p.m. that he accepted there were 10 dead, calling the toll the “best, most exact data we have as of now.” He declined to say whether the shooter was incorporated into the loss of life.
Authorities recognized the shooter on Thursday night as Chris Harper Mercer saying that he had three weapons. It was not clear whether he tried to fire all of them. The authorities said that the man lived in the Roseburg territory. The F.B.I. has dispatched many of their agents to help the investigation system.
The incident added the community college to a series of schools that have been left lamenting after mass killings. The list consists of Columbine High School, where a massacre happened in 1999, Virginia Tech, where a massacre happened in 2007, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where 20 youngsters were murdered on the 14th December 2012 and many more.
President Barack Obama addressed the Roseburg as a community of genuinely good people. He also told that the victims and their families were in his prayers and beliefs in a speech at the White House. He reminded the necessity of gun reforms and expressed his anger on the situation that shootings have become very unexceptional in America.
People of authorities all became inhibited. Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown told at a news meeting that she felt “significant consternation and grievousness.”
John Hanlin, the sheriff of Douglas County wrote to the vice-president, Joe Biden on January 2013 that gun control had become unable to be denied to the people of USA. That letter had become much more relevant after this incident. Hanlin was one of the significant persons to propel the agenda “last line of defence” touching “unconstitutional gun control measures” of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. Hanlin also promoted a petition to the White House in December 2012. He urged that President Obama should stand with the lawful gun owners in this time of tragedy. He also requested not to indulge to the politics, because mania of new ‘gun legislation’ is not the proper solution.
Anticipating the response to his latest call for gun control after this incident, Obama expressed that somewhere somebody would comment on his call saying that he politicised the issue. He added that this was such an issue that should be politicised. The President said, “We spend over a trillion dollars, and pass countless laws, and devote entire agencies to prevent terrorist attacks on our soil, and rightfully so. And yet, we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths. How can that be?”
Hanlin, who has worked in the Douglas County sheriff’s office for a long time, is in his second term as sheriff after first being chosen in 2009. Hanlin, whose diversions incorporate ‘hunting’, ‘fishing’ and ‘riding his Harley Davidson’, grown up in the Roseburg region and went to the Umpqua Community College in the middle of 1980s. He broke the shootings’ news with this announcement to the press that it was clear with the southern Oregon incident that it has not been a decent evening, but a dreadful day. He and Obama would at least converge on this point.