President Obama is headed to Roseburg, Oregon on Friday to visit a town that is torn apart by last week’s college shootings. This week, both Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly have been covering Obama’s eventual visit and the publicity isn’t very nice. On Wednesday evening, O’Reilly showed a video that quoted David Jaques, publisher of the Roseburg Beacon, speaking about Obama’s visit.
“He wants to come to our community and stand on the corpses of our loved ones to make some kind of a political point and it isn’t going to be well received. Not by our people, not by the families and not even by our elected officials.”
Bill O’Reilly had Chris Boice, the commissioner for Douglass County, on his show to speak about Obama’s visit.
“You know, I hope that’s the case, Bill. It’s difficult to judge one’s motives. The President has been very clear since the beginning of this that he has an agenda about gun control,” Boice said in response to Obama’s statement that there will be no politics in his visit; he just wants to visit friends and family.
Boice added that if the president is truly coming to visit the families, he will be welcomed with open arms.
On Tuesday evening, Megyn Kelly had Stacy Boylan, the father of Ana Boylan, a young woman who is recovering from a gunshot wound to her back after last weeks shootings. Mr. Boylan was not thrilled with Obama’s visit.
“Well, I do believe it was Rahm Emanuel [Obama’s former Chief of Staff] who said never let a good tragedy go to waste. And I really feel that his visit here is completely to support his gun control agenda.”
Kelly asked Boylan how he felt as a supporter of the second amendment.
“You know, my position on this is that, you know, gun-free zones are a problem. They’re an issue. They’re a target for crazy people because they know they’re not going to be met with resistance,” Mr. Boylan answered.
Boylan says he and his family will not be meeting with the President during his visit, especially because he feels that it’s all backed by an agenda. Boylan did speak about his daughter Ana’s condition.
“Ana is recovering from her physical wounds. We are now, you know, of course, dealing with, you know, the aftermath of all of this. The dust is starting to settle, but you know, there’s still a lot of interest in this event. And emotionally, she’s processing. And we’re just all being there to support her.”
The massacre that took place at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College has divided Americans on many issues. Some think it’s about gun control and others think it’s about hatred toward Christians, who were the targets of the shootings. The issue of race has even entered the debate, since the shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, was half black. CNN has been accused of altering the photo of Herper-Mercer to make him look white, although the cable network completely denies this.
Whether or not Chris Harper-Mercer was more white than black or whether or not the students could have been protected if they all carried guns has potentially come to overshadow the fact that ten people died on October 1 and several others were injured. Let’s hope the lives of all people affected by the tragedy are never forgotten about or never taken for granted.
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