The gun grabbers are NOT going to like this one single bit!
New emerging details regarding the Oregon gunman who last week killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, reveal that he was discharged from the Army’s basic training in 2008 for attempting suicide.
The Army refused to confirm these details due to privacy restrictions, but local law enforcement officers familiar with the case told the Wall Street Journal the discharge was not dishonorable.
Such a discharge would have required that the Army seek out a court martial, and apparently the Army didn’t want to have to deal with the hassle. As such, Harper-Mercer retained his right to legally purchase a deadly firearm.
Had he been dishonorably discharged, he would have been barred from obtaining a weapon.
According to new reports, the gunman also had Asperger syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism. Individuals with AS and related disorders exhibit serious deficiencies in social and communication skills. Their IQ’s are typically in the normal to very superior range. They are usually educated in the mainstream, but most require special education services. Because of their naivete, those with AS are often viewed by their peers as “odd” and are frequently a target for bullying and teasing. People with AS often get into trouble without even realizing they have committed an offense.
“My son has Asperger’s,” a user with an email address linked to his mother, Laurel Harper, wrote in an online forum, according to the Wall Street Journal. “He’s no babbling idiot, nor is his life worthless. Asperger is often confused for other conditions and there can be symptom overlap.”
Asperger syndrome may explain why he became despondent in basic training, where dozens of men are forced to live among each other for an extended period of time.