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Residents, Leaders: Obama's Anti-Gun Message Not Welcome in Roseburg

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 Oct 2015 09:15 PM

Roseburg, Oregon, the site of the community college shooting that left nine dead last week, is a conservative area and not welcoming to President Barack Obama's anti-gun message, a county official and newspaper publisher say.

The White House says Obama plans to visit with survivors and family members on Friday, but spokesman Josh Earnest says the visit won't be political

"I hope that's the case," Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor." "For us in this community, our desire is to support the families and help them with whatever they would like. If the president is truly coming to visit the families, that'd be great."

David Jaques, publisher of the Roseburg Beacon, was more emphatic on the same program on Monday.

"If he wants to come to our community and stand on the corpses of our loved ones to make some kind of a political point, it isn't going to be well-received, not by our people, not by the families," Jaques told host Bill O'Reilly. "I guess I would question his agenda for coming to visit families."

An angry Obama held a press conference on the day of the shootings and said he would not apologize for politicizing it to press for more gun control.

Roseburg has long been a conservative, gun-rights enclave. The Washington Post and other news sites posted video of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy speaking up for gun control in the city during his 1968 presidential bid. He was met with signs reading, "Protect Your Right to Keep & Bear Arms."

Stacy Boylan, father of survivor Ana Boylan, told Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File"on Tuesday that his family supports Second Amendment rights and will not be meeting with the president if asked.

Boylan was critical of Umpqa Community College's gun-free policy, which he said only invited people with problems onto campuses because they know they won't be met with resistance.

"My daughter said to me, 'What if somebody would've had gun?' Gun-free and gun control takes that option off the table."

Some welcome Obama's visit, including Mayor Larry Rich and City Council President Tom Ryan. Rich who told host Megyn Kelly he was the one who spoke to the White House and told them Obama would be welcome.

Rich said he might disagree with some of Obama's statements, but he should be welcomed as holder of the office.


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