Laurel Harper—the mother of gunman Chris Harper-Mercer who murdered nine people at Umpqua Community College last week—is not only an active and passionate gun owner, but an active and passionate fan of Donald Trump, according to a Yahoo Answers account uncovered by The New York Times.
Harper’s account, which has since been set to private, contains almost 34,000 answers amassed over a period of ten years, “mostly answering medical questions from strangers, occasionally citing her own difficulties raising a troubled child.” Some of these included answers in which she would cite an (unnamed) son with Asperger’s syndrome who had been “among other things, a head-banger” but was “very intelligent” and now in college.
Fact: Before my son was even born, I was reading out loud to him from Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal. And as for the “gesture effect,” I was practically a mime. And now my son invests in the stock market along with me, turns a profit and is working on a degree in finance. His language and reading skills are phenomenal.
Answering a question about state gun laws several years ago, Ms. Harper, a registered nurse, took a jab at “lame states” that impose limits on keeping loaded firearms in the home, and noted that she had AR-15 and AK-47 semiautomatic rifles, along with a Glock handgun. She also indicated that her son, who lived with her, was well versed in guns, citing him as her source of information on gun laws, saying he “has much knowledge in this field.”