Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Oregon School Shooter's Mom, Laura Harper - Shades of the Lanza Family


His mother, Laurel Harper wrote about her passion for firearms in online postings to Yahoo! Answers three years ago. "I keep all my mags full. I keep two full mags in my Glock case. And the ARs & AKs all have loaded mags," she wrote, referring to magazines of ammunition, a Glock handgun and military-style rifles. 

"No one will be 'dropping' by my house uninvited without acknowledgement," the post went on to say. Another post criticizes another person over poor judgement using "airsoft" pellet guns, and emphasizes gun safety. 

Harper did not return phone calls and emails from NBC News. The email address used in some of the postings appears to be linked to her. 

In another post nine years ago about autism, Laurel Harper said: "My son has Asperger's. He's no babbling idiot nor is his life worthless. He's very intelligent and is working on a career in film making." 

A note was found at the scene of the rampage in which Christopher Harper-Mercer said he was "in a bad way" and was depressed, law enforcement officials said. His mother told investigators that he struggled with mental health issues, The Associated Press reported.


  1. Don't think the comparison between Laura Harper and Nancy Lanza is completely accurate. Lanza knew her son was a nut, which is why she needed to get away and she warned people to watch themselves around him. Harper seems to be an educated firearms owner concerned about her personal defense as well as gun safety. She's not living a surreal existence like Lanza

    1. Both moms were gun nuts and taught their sons to be. Quibble all you want, but that's the main point.