Family Of Oregon Massacre Victim: Obama’s Visit Brought Us Peace, Was Not Political
When the Oregon shooting took place, President Obama stated that he would visit the victim’s families.
Republicans had a field day, criticizing the president for politicizing a tragedy, when in reality, he was more interested in offering his compassion to those in need.
Chris Dietz ex-wife Kim was shot to death at the shooting. He felt comforted by Obama’s visit.
“A lot of people can seem larger than life. Especially somebody on TV all the time, big important people like that. Certainly all the security presence is impressive. But he’s a very personable man. Have you ever had encounters where there was a lot more feeling involved than the words that were said? That’s the kind of meeting this was. He’s the president of the United States, but he was very there in the moment with us. It was a good feeling,” he said.
Occupy Democrats reports:
Dietz also had some harsh words for our country’s healthcare system, very concerned about those who fall through the cracks but somehow still have access to deadly weapons. “The mental health system in this country was dismantled back in the ’80s, and it’s never been put back together. Situations like this are a part of that.”
President Obama’s meeting was a beautiful display of true leadership. Sidestepping the politics for the moment and making sure the people of America knows he really supports us, in times both good and bad. The right-wing’s relentless smear campaigns against him and against the people’s efforts to enact some kind of reasonable gun reform is an absolute disgrace to our nation and an insult to all the Americans who are killed by guns every week. The madness has to stop at some point.
Authorities identified the nine victims as 19-year-old Lucero Alcaraz, of Roseburg; 18-year-old Quinn Glen Cooper, of Roseburg; 59-year-old Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, of Roseburg; 18-year-old Lucas Eibel, of Roseburg; 67-year-old teacher Lawrence Levine, of Glide; Jason Dale Johnson, of Winston; 18-year-old Rebecka Ann Carnes, of Myrtle Creek; 44-year-old Sarena Dawn Moore, of Myrtle Creek; and 20-year-old Treven Taylor Anspach, of Sutherlin.
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