Obama in Oregon: ‘Strong Feelings’ About Preventing Next Shooting
President Obama visited the Oregon shooting victim’s families on Friday. Careful not to politicize the event, Obama wanted to offer his condolences and send a strong message against the senseless violence of these shootings.
“There are gonna be moments as we go forward where we’re gonna have to come together and figure out how do we stop things like this from happening,” Obama said in brief remarks after meeting with families. “I’ve got very strong feelings about this because when you talk to the families you are reminded this could be your child … or your mom or your dad or your relative or your friend,” he said.
Sadly, two other shootings occured on Friday, demonstrating the very real need for gun control laws.
Obama has been clear where he stands on gun control. Following last week’s tragedy, he gave his 15th response to a mass shooting since taking office, blasting Congress for its unwillingness to act on gun control and saying gun violence is something that should be politicized.
These latest remarks advocating for stricter gun control laws are causing problems for many in the small conservative town of Roseburg, who disagree with the President on gun control and don’t want him to visit.
Gun rights activists created a Facebook page with more than 8,000 supporters entitled, “Defend Roseburg, Deny Barack Obama,” arranging a protest of the President’s visit that includes two peaceful pro-gun events.
The rhetoric leading up to the President’s trip became so heated, local Roseburg officials issued a statement that the President was welcome and would be extended “every courtesy.”
Obama didn’t mention any of that tension in his brief remarks. The White House stressed that the trip will not be about politics but about “consoling the families of those who were so profoundly affected by that tragedy.”
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