The publisher of a local paper in Roseburg, Oregon, where last Thursday’s Umpqua Community College mass shooting took place, said President Obama would not be welcome in their town.
David Jacques, publisher of the Roseburg Beacon, responded to the possibility of the president visiting the community in the wake of last week’s tragedy that left ten students dead, and several others wounded. The problem, the newsman said, is that Obama “has no connection with this community” and “no connection with any of the families.” Instead, he would be coming to town with a political agenda.
He noted that the very day of the shooting the president said the incident “needs politicizing.” Jacques continued, “I think that is very inappropriate and disrespectful to the families.”
In his remarks Thursday night, Obama said: “This is something we should politicize,” adding that it is “a political choice that we make to allow [these shootings] to happen every few months in America.”
Jacques said of the president’s statement: “We haven’t even identified bodies…and he’s holding a press conference three thousand miles from here telling us, almost implying, that he single-handedly could have prevented this if Congress would have listened to him.”
“It shows not only a total disdain and disregard for our Constitution, but our very citizens, and especially those of us right here in Douglas County,” he added. “We believe in the Second Amendment. We believe in the whole Constitution.”
The publisher also spoke highly of Douglas County Sheriff John Hamlin and the lawman’s commitment to the Second Amendment. “We’re very proud of our sheriff. He’s basically put the administration on notice, that if you pass any laws or edicts or executive orders that are either unconstitutional or extra-constitutional, they will not be enforced in Douglas County and we’re proud of that. That is the kind of sheriff we elected overwhelmingly.”
In his Thursday night remarks, the president called for “common-sense gun safety laws.” Presumably, he is referring to those laws that he advocated for in the aftermath of 2012’s Sandy Hook shooting, including universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
Federally licensed gun dealers are required to do background checks, but private individuals who sell guns to each other are not.
As reported by Western Journalism, Democrats passed an assault weapons ban in 1994, which President Bill Clinton signed into law. The bill had a 10-year sunset provision, which lifted the restrictions in 2004. The ban was not renewed.
According to the Justice Department, with or without assault weapons bans, gun violence in the United States dropped significantly between 1993 and 2011. Gun-related homicides fell nearly by 50 percent, and non-fatal crimes involving guns dropped by 70 percent.
National Review’s, Charles C.W. Cooke points out that during this time frame, the country was flooded with up to 180 million new weapons, meaning the presence of more or fewer weapons does not correlate with the way people use them.