You might have seen this story:
The 15-year-old freshman who opened fire on his Oregon high school Tuesday wanted to kill "sinners," the teen wrote in his diary.Here's a bit more about Earl Milliron and his relationship to Padgett's family:
Jared Padgett, an active member of an Gresham, Ore., Mormon church, shot and killed a student and injured a teacher during the attack on Reynolds High School before turning the gun on himself, police said.
While searching through the teen's home, officers found his journal, Portland's KGW reported.
In the diary, Padgett detailed plans to kill the "sinners" at his school, police said....
Church elder Earl Milliron told the TV station that the 15-year-old was "highly regarded for his spirituality."
... Earl Milliron, 86, [is] a member of the same Mormon church ward as the family. They all attended the Hartley Park Ward in Gresham.Elsewhere in that story, Milliron is called the Padgetts' "home teacher."
Milliron knew the entire family, in part because he performs monthly home visits with church members to talk about spiritual and family issues. He said Jared Padgett was a deacon in the church and "was a quiet young man who was very involved in the church."
If you go to this ad for a used rifle at the website of Cabela's, the sporting goods chain, you'll be told that "The stock was made by famous stockmaker Earl Milliron of Portland, OR." (Gresham is a city just east of Portland.) Here's an reference to Earl Milliron of Portland, Oregon, bore-sighting a Remington rifle, from the 1974 volume Outdoor Life's Deer Hunting Book. Here's a 1971 book depicting a "spiffy" rifle with a stock made by Earl Milliron.
I'm not 100% that this is the same Earl Milliron, but he's old enough (86) to have been working forty-plus years ago, and the location seems right. (Here's a PeekYou listing for 86-year-old Earl Milliron, who's lived in both Portland and Gresham.)
Gunmaking is an honest craft, and it seems as if Milliron did fine work in his day. It's just striking to me that the shooter had a spiritual counselor who was a gunmaker, if that's the case.
A story in The Oregonian quotes a classmate who say Padgett loved guns:
Kaylah Ensign, 15, a freshman at Reynolds High School, was close friends with Emilio Hoffman, the boy who died in Tuesday's shooting. She had known Hoffman since middle school. She also knew Jared Padgett, although they weren't close, she said....What was not to love? If it's true that a spiritual adviser was intimately involved with guns, how could Padgett see them as anything other than a good thing?
[Padgett] ... seemed most engaged when talking about guns, Ensign said, adding that he would talk about hunting rabbits and could talk in detail about firearms.
"It was insane how much he knew," she said. "He would say all the types of guns and could name anything."