After Oregon: we need to talk about narcissism

In the aftermath of last week’s mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, hands were once again wrung, and familiar, emotive pleas issued. Tighten up gun controls. Better still, ban the sale of guns full stop. After all, as unstable, as volatile as 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer was, if he couldn’t get his hands on the guns – he used six in total – then he wouldn’t have murdered those nine unfortunates. ‘It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun’, said US President Barack Obama.

To the converted, Obama’s preaching makes perfect sense.

  • Martin B

    Good essay, but there won’t be a serious debate about pathological narcissism as long as the Narcissist In Chief is in the White House.

    • Ha!

    • Clausewitz

      I’m sure this dude also had an obsession with selfies. Selfies are what we used to call Onanism back in the day. Self absorption, a pinch of Narcissism, with a big load of unfulfilled self esteem.

  • Frances

    Where was his mother as he was assembling the arsenal in the apartment?

  • Frances

    This man killed nine: a young man killed five in Calgary in 2014 – they were all stabbed. Do we ban knives as well?

  • Petrilia

    Obama’s son. Half white, half black.

  • Petrilia

    No the killer was black.