More Roseburg protestors showing off their right to carry guns well ahead of the President's arrival pic.twitter.com/QHBH2Y0sYh— Nina Mehlhaf (@NinaMehlhaf) October 9, 2015
Arguing that President Obama rushed to politicize last week's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Oregonian gun enthusiasts greeted Obama's arrival in Roseburg this morning by protesting with handguns in hand. No joke.
The President came to Roseburg today to meet privately with the families of the victims of the shooting. As Talking Points Memo reports, charmingly, some of the protesters even brought "Go Back to Kenya" signs. Stay classy, Oregon.
A Facebook event titled "Defend Roseburg - Deny barack 0bama" garnered 8,500 attendees. The text of the event says, in part, "If you choose to carry a firearm that is your right. Be safe, be responsible. We suggest that you carry a handgun as opposed to a rifle, but again, you have the right to carry what you wish." Jesus Christ.
Umpqua alumna and Roseburg native Michelle Finn told The Oregonian, "My family, my friends, everybody down here is not happy about him coming. He already says he's going to politicize this he's already going to push his agenda."
Last week's shooting at the hands of a 26-year-old man with Asperger's syndrome claimed the lives of nine people.
As the New York Times reported this week, the shooting and Obama's subsequent response to it has brought out a a lot of pro-gun talk in Oregon. "In some ways," they write, "the rampage at the college by a 26-year-old student, Christopher Harper-Mercer, has actually tightened the embrace of guns in a rural town where shots at rifle ranges echo off the hills and hunters shoot deer and elk through the fall."