10 dead, 7 hurt in school shooting in Roseburg

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin speaks about the UCC shooting at a press conference the afternoon of October 3, 2015

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin speaks about the UCC shooting at a press conference the afternoon of October 3, 2015

The Roseburg Sheriff’s Office released a corrected count Friday, saying that 10 were killed and nine were wounded in the shooting that took place at Umpqua College Thursday.

The OregonLive has confirmed the shooter is Chris Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old resident of Winchester near the college. Harper-Mercer was a student in class. Those he killed are Lucero Alcaraz, 19; Treven Taylor Anspach, 20; Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18; Quinn Glen Cooper, 18; Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59; Lucas Eibel, 18; Jason Dale Johnson, 34; Lawrence Levine, 67; and Sarena Dawn Moore, 44.

Reporters spoke to the gunman’s father Ian Mercer outside of his home in California.

“I know words cannot bring families back. I know there’s nothing that I can say that can change what happened,” Ian Mercer said outside his home in California. “But please believe me, my thoughts are with all of those families and I hope they can get through this,” Ian Mercer said.

It seems like school shootings have been on a never ending rise since the Columbine shooting that occurred in April of 1999. Many of these crazed shooters end up having some deeper lying cause as to why they committed such acts, but how can we prevent these shootings from happening? Many cases show that the shooters had previous mental health issues that caused them to do it. In the case of the Roseburg shooting, Ian Mercer would not comment on his sons mental health? Hmm…?  He also claims that he had no idea of his son owning guns.

“I had no idea he had any guns. I have no idea that he had any guns whatsoever,” Mercer said. “And I’m a great believer you don’t buy guns, don’t buy guns, you don’t buy guns,” Ian Mercer said.

Mercer wouldn’t comment on whether his son had emotional or mental issues. “That is for investigators to determine,” he said.

There seems to be a lot of missing information right now on the gunman himself, but this epidemic of school shootings needs to be stopped. Innocent lives are being taken for seemingly no reason. These middle aged adults are committing terrible acts and it is hard to determine why because these shootings often end in the gunman committing suicide. This is so devastating for everyone involved. It is just odd to me that there is a pattern among these school shooters. They are typically young men that have had mental health issues. Somehow there must be a way to prevent people suffering from an illness from committing such acts. The shootings keep happening, and seemingly nothing is being done about them.



Ronda Rousey becomes first woman to land Men’s Fitness cover

3 Oct. 2015

3 Oct. 2015

UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey adds another accolade to her incredible 2015 by gracing the cover of Men’s Fitness, Saturday. Unbeaten in the UFC, Rousey is declared the first woman EVER to be on the cover of Men’s Fitness Magazine. This Men’s Fitness edition is from Australia, coincidentally where Rousey’s next fight will take place against Holly Holm on Nov. 14, 2015.

This is a brilliant promotion for the fight, as well as Rousey’s impeccable 2015 career. Rousey is extremely influential to women everywhere. Her outlook on success proves to be beneficial in the octagon with 12 wins and 0 losses. She will have to put her skills to the test as she faces Holly Holm who also boasts an undefeated record of 9 wins and 0 losses.

The contenders in this match up both have very successful careers, although Holly Holm has the upper hand when it comes to experience. Holly has been around the UFC 5 more years than Rousey. Will a veteran in the octagon put up more of a challenge for Ronda? Hopefully this fight will get past the first round since Ronda has been known to finish her opponents in less than two minutes.

One thing is for certain, from a public relations standpoint, it must be a nightmare to be her personal assistant. We are talking about a woman who called out one of the biggest names in men’s boxing, Floyd Mayweather. This is not just a one time occurrence. Ronda is very confident in herself and believes she can beat anyone, even Floyd. She is very blunt and to the point with her opinions. During interviews and podcasts, she has the ego of Donald Trump mixed with the mouth of a sailor.

“I don’t shy away from any questions. I’m not scared of any question. I’ll give you an answer. A lot of people are scared of having actual opinions out there. People are so scared of criticism… I’m not scared of people disliking me,” Rousey said.
This is exactly why Rousey has gained so much popularity among her fans and women empowerment in general. She exemplifies everything that a woman should feel about their self esteem. She is such a great role model because she has been made fun of about her body being too manly and gross but she found that it’s the complete opposite.
When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine. I was a 16-year-old girl with ringworm and cauliflower ears. People made fun of my arms and called me ‘Miss Man.’ It wasn’t until I got older that I realized: These people are idiots. I’m fabulous,” Ronda said.
I am a full supporter of Ronda being featured on the cover of Men’s Fitness Magazine because what she is achieving right know is truly amazing. She is a powerhouse bruiser with a message and story to tell. Ronda will be one of the greatest women icons in the next few years. I do not see her streak ending anytime soon, and she most definitely will continue with success.