The official report on the Oct. 1, 2015, Umpqua Community College shooting is finally complete, and it is to be hoped that indeed that will be another step in the healing process as one person was quoted as having said in the article in the Sept. 8 newspaper.
However, in reading all of that coverage carefully, I see one aspect that is glossed over. Although we have detailed information on the number and type of weapons the shooter brought to campus with him that terrible day, nowhere is there a mention of how he obtained those weapons.
Were they weapons he purchased himself? If so, were those sales made legally? If not, whose weapons were they and how were they stored? Was there negligence on someone’s part that allowed the shooter to get to and use them?
The District Attorney’s Office has stated that no criminal charges are to be filed, but if the shooter had access to guns he did not purchase legally himself, it seems that someone is to blame for that and should be held accountable.