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Sandy Hook Elementary School

Sons and gun lovers in American culture

According to the Associated Press, the mother of the 26-year-old Oregon gunman who killed nine and injured nine "told investigators he was struggling with some mental health issues." Yes, he was. Neighbors have described Christopher Harper-Mercer as an anxious, alienated young man. His mother, Laurel Harper, appears to have written in online forums about his mental and social struggles. It's a profile so familiar it's cliché. Dylann Roof, the "quiet" 21-year-old white supremacist accused of murdering nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in June, was similarly disturbed. And, of course, Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who in 2012 sprayed...