Question asked by Oregon shooter could be just another Selfish Act
After reading so much about this coward who shall remain nameless within my portion of this article, I have heard several speculative observations but the one that seems quite consistent is the one which says he targeted Christians. Now many who repeat this are also quick to point out that the targeting of Christians was his main focus along with becoming famous and like so many others, all this reading has given me a speculative observation that I would like to share. My observation is born after reading several things about this coward but mainly comes from an article titled “Oregon shooter said to have singled out Christians for killing in ‘horrific act of cowardice’” by Eli Saslow, Sarah Kaplan and Joseph Hoyt for the Washington Post. In it you shall find “investigators including cyber-experts and hate crime specialists peered Friday into the life of a 26-year-old gunman whose massacre across an Oregon campus may have been driven by religious rage and a fascination with the twisted notoriety of high-profile killers. What is known so far about the attacker — identified by a U.S. law enforcement official as Chris Harper Mercer — appear only as loose strands that suggested an interest in firearms and the infamy gained by mass shooters. Witnesses also said he seemed to seek specific revenge against Christians, and police examined Web posts that hinted of wider antipathy toward organized faith. But authorities still struggled to build a clearer picture at what drove the California-raised Mercer to stalk rural Umpqua Community College — armed with three pistols and a semiautomatic rifle — and methodically pick off students and professors Thursday on the fourth day of the fall semester. In one classroom, he appeared to single out Christian students for killing, according to witness Anastasia Boylan. “He said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,'” Boylan’s father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying his daughter’s account while she underwent surgery to treat a gunshot to her spine. “And then he shot and killed them.”
Another account came from Autumn Vicari, who described to NBC News what her brother J.J. witnessed in the room where the shootings occurred. According to NBC: “Vicari said at one point the shooter told people to stand up before asking whether they were Christian or not. Vicari’s brother told her that anyone who responded ‘yes’ was shot in the head. If they said ‘other’ or didn’t answer, they were shot elsewhere in the body, usually the leg.”
After reading all that, what if the question posed by this coward was not about targeting Christians at all but a more selfish reason? What if asking about being a Christian was somehow seen as a way for this shooter to gain favor with the God that everyone says he must have hated? What if finding out that they were Christians was his way of ensuring that they would go to heaven while those who did not answer or said other was left alive to make their way to God before they die? No one truly knows what goes through the mind of any coward bent on maintaining company to the misery of their lives so again I say this is simply my guess. What we do know is this was not an act of a brave boy nor is it the act of anyone who should be made famous because of it. It was the act of a pure unadulterated coward who targeted humans without giving them an equal chance. He escaped responsibility by some accounts of committing suicide but he will never escape responsibility to the God that he supposedly hated.