Bobby Jindal points to 'cultural decay,' lack of father figures for spate of mass shootings _lowres

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal penned a new opinion pieceon Tuesday in which he laments the recent spate of mass shootings and points the blame on “cultural decay in our society.”

Jindal even directly calls out the father of the mass shooter who recently killed nine people at an Oregon community college for being absent from his son’s life. According to Jindal, Ian Mercer, the father of shooter Christopher Harper Mercer, “should be ashamed of himself” and “owes us all an apology.”

“Who is it that generally commits these evil acts of mass murder that are becoming routine? It’s almost always young men who have either no father figure in their lives, or a broken relationship with their father. Is this just a coincidence? Of course not,” Jindal writes.

The elder Mercer, told CNN that he didn’t know his son had guns. He has spoken in favor of gun control.

“These acts of evil are a direct result of cultural rot, and it is cultural rot that we have brought upon ourselves, and then we act like we are confounded and perplexed by what is happening here,” Jindal writes on his website.

Louisiana has one of the highest rates of gun violence in the country.

Jindal lists several examples of what he sees as proof of such cultural decay driving mass shootings, from violence in television shows and movies to broken family structures.

“If anyone is at all serious about changing any of this, they must address the root problems, and those are cultural decay, the glorification of evil, the devaluation of human life, the breakdown of the family, and specifically the complete abdication of fathers,” Jindal writes.

Read the full op-ed here.