Roseburg Oregon Protesters Greet Obama With Guns In Hand And Confederate Flags Flying

Protesters mourning the Umpqua Community College mass shooting brought guns, banners, signs and Confederate flags to protest Barack Obama’s visit to Roseburg, Oregon. A crowd of around 300 pro-gun protesters assembled outside the Roseburg airport to make their voices heard.

While the President met with the families of the victims, gun rights’ advocates organized through a Facebook page called “Defend Roseburg-Deny Barack Obama.” The demonstrators gathered in a less somber tone, instead honking horns and carrying signs that read “Obama free zone,” “Go Home-You’re Not Wanted Here” and “Warning: Protected by 9mm”. The protesters also flew American flags, as well as Confederate flags and Gadsden flags.

Just days after a horrific gun massacre, demonstrators defiantly carrying guns and boisterously slamming the president while he was comforting the families of the victims, seems tragically irreverent. While the protesters blasted President Obama for supposedly politicizing the shooting, it was they who turned Obama’s visit into a political carnival. Rather than holding a somber protest in honor of the deceased, the group of raucous 2nd Amendment zealots decided to turn Obama’s visit into a right-wing rally for gun fetishists.

One of the protesters, who flew a Gadsden flag and the Confederate flag, told reporters:

As an American, I think it’s always good to be armed in case of an emergency, in case accidents happen, like the school shooting. Say somebody was to be armed in that situation, that would have been taken care of real quick.

Of course what he failed to point out is that somebody was armed in that situation. That armed person shot 18 people, killing 9 of them, and then turned the gun on himself. Furthermore, the mass shooting wasn’t an accident, it was intentional.

Another demonstrator complained:

We are mad, we’re upset that this has become a national issue.

An angry woman opined:

He [Obama] needs to be in Chicago, in his own hometown and his own home state. This is where there is a gun problem; we don’t have one here.

Nope, no problem at all. The depths of her denial is palpable. The Community College shooting wasn’t a “problem,” it was just an unfortunate accident, that could have been prevented if only there had been more guns on the scene.

Perhaps the people in Roseburg and surrounding communities really are appalled that the President had the temerity to suggest that America has a gun problem, as he consoled the victims of the 45th school shooting in the country this year. Some of them made their voices heard. Unfortunately, what the message looked like to the rest of the country, is that some residents care more about their guns than they do about their fallen neighbors.

73 Replies to “Roseburg Oregon Protesters Greet Obama With Guns In Hand And Confederate Flags Flying”

  1. It is known that Roseburg is a strongly conservative town in a mostly liberal state…

    Still, it does not excuse the actions of the nincompoops who protested the President’s visit. Like the article said, he didn’t politicize this visit, you guys did.

  2. John. To much Neanderthal DNA and not enough of the the Homo Sapien enhanced trait of Empathy for your fellow Species.

  3. …if you don’t wanna respect others, you don’t respect yourself…
    …also, don’t demand that those YOU refuse to respect have to respect you…it do NOT work that way…

  4. You feature if any eevil libruls had shown up like that within ten miles of George W. Bush. You know what this is, but if you need a refresher, just watch Blazing Saddles.

  5. There comes a time when you have to overlook stupidity. But what else would you expect from a bunch of inbred yahoos. Besides if President Obama wouldn’t have gone, then the damn idiots would have been accusing him of not caring for the families. But it’s a shame he had more respect the families than the idiots.

  6. As it happens, the man who organized the armed anti-Obama protest to greet the President as he arrived in Roseburg, Oregon, to comfort the families of the victims who were gunned down in the town, is a felon.
    The organizer of the event titled “Defend Roseburg, Deny Barack Obama,” Casey Runyan, won the Republican primary for House District 9 in Southern Oregon in July of 2014, but he was rejected by GOP leadership when he asked for support.

    “The reason I am not getting any support from the Republican leadership is because of a crime that occurred,” Runyan admitted at the time.

    In December 2004, Runyan was arrested on charges of felony assault and driving under the influence in which he later pleaded guilty and served eight months in county jail.

  7. Who are these anti Americans? I hope DHS and the FBI were active in identifying these crazies!
    Were they even from the area, or did the Bundy ranch oath keepers come out into the light?

  8. “This is where there is a gun problem; we don’t have one here.”

    Except for the tiny fact that nine innocent people were gunned down to death. But yeah, other than that, no problem!

    Just how stupid and delusional can these people be?

  9. These people are just hopelessly, abysmally stupid. Fvck them. They deserved a massacre. They deserve another one. And they’ll bring it upon themselves.

  10. They may not be the best image to present of America. Yet the protest (& it pains me to say it) demonstrates some of the best of American principles.

    Think about it. Freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petitioning the government (more or less). The right to bear arms, even though the 2nd Amendment has probably been grossly misinterpreted.

    Yes, in America people have the right to flaunt their ignorance, unreason, lack of compassion, selfishness, and racist ideology. People can openly express disrespect for the President of the United States. All with impunity.


    (1) we have to put up with their stupidity.

    [“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Voltaire]


    (2) we have to negate their votes for politicians who think like they do. If we don’t, it’s “nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye” to any chance at commonsense gun safety.

  11. It’s unfortunate what happened but one lunatic does not constitute a gun problem.
    It’s not the guns that are a problem.I have three and have yet to see any of them display any problems or influence me in any way to have a problem.In fact I can’t think of anyone I know of that had any firearms go rouge or cause them to.
    So yeah I guess from your point of view and others like you it’s easier to blame the gun.

  12. So there were ~300 testosterone poisoned a-holes (I include the women in that) at this protest. Roseburg OR has a population of about 22,000. I suck at math, but I work it out to about .01%. They just happen to be the loudest, most ignorant .01%. They are insignificant. Hopefully, next November they’ll find out just how insignificant they are.

  13. Well… They didn’t stop the school shooting with all guns they had… And they definitely didn’t stop Obama from coming to visit..

  14. In spite of the fact that no new federal gun legislation has been passed since 2008 the flotsam and jetsam of Roseburg complete with Confederate flags insisted on turning out not to welcome President Obama.

  15. Do these people have jobs or do they live off the taxpayers? They just proved their ignorance by thinking they were protesting the Pres., not the family’s of the victims. They are really screwed up.

  16. “People can openly express disrespect for the President of the United States. All with impunity.”

    That certainly seems to be true when the president is a Democrat, but not so much when he is a Republican. Remember the Dixie Chicks?

  17. “They just happen to be the loudest, most ignorant .01%”

    And I’ll bet they consider themselves the “Silent Majority”.

  18. I expect they completely fail to see the irony, or is it hypocrisy, in stating “As an American ….” while waving a Confederate flag. Do they not even realize that the Confederacy was an *enemy* to America?

  19. You just gave me an idea for a cartoon show, “The Jetsams”. Instead of a flying car, George drives a ratty old Chevy pickup, and instead of a highrise, the family of six (all lifetime NRA members) lives in a trailer, one room of which is devoted to guns, ammo, back issues of “Guns and Ammo” and a framed picture of Charlton Heston. It could run on the Cartoon Network (with irony), or on the Faux Network (without.)

  20. These wild eyed freaks do not represent our country and we must not allow this attitude to define us or intimidate us. It is absolutely imperative for this President to act against the nonsensical access to guns by people like this. Not a single one of those freaks should qualify for gun ownership.

  21. I see those old rebel flags flying while those Oregoneons are celebrating their southern heritage and pride, because it just can’t be about hate and racism .. right? Hell, I must have been home sick from school that day teacher told the class about Oregon being one of the Confederate states .. huh? Yep, that must be it ..

  22. Why is anyone not in law enforcement allowed to carry a gun in the vicinity of the President of the United States?

  23. Sadly, their weapons give them the spine they would not have otherwise. That gun makes them think they are bigger and better than the rest of us, and they are free to insult anyone who disagrees; otherwise, they’ll just shoot ya. I have been awakened to the frontier brand of total ignorance that thrives in our country.

  24. Maybe they should join the Westboro Babtist Church. They would fit right in there.
    I bet some of those alleged 300 people were Secret Service.

  25. The republican party has truly become the enemy of the State. They have gone MAD!
    They can’t govern and they offer NOTHING of value to this Nation of diversity. It’s their way, in always, or nothing at all.

  26. Another point, (I think) was Oregon even a state at the time of the Civil war? Just shows how the evil of the south creeps around and infects every thing they touch.. even Oregon. I do hope the FBI and the Secret Service got pictures of all those people. Hope they are very high on the list of(to be watched) When Bushy was PRES. TO WEAR A t- shirt with some words of disgust or dislike got you picked up and hauled away..

  27. These clowns are lucky that they aren’t in the federal lock-up, or the morgue, showing up armed where the president is arriving. President Obama must have the patience of Gandhi, because I can’t imagine any other President of the United States that would have put up with this threatening display of utter stupidity. I wonder if they realize that if one of their guns had accidentally gone off, that the whole bunch of them probably would have been killed in the fire fight, by the Secret Service.

    If a group like this had shown up for the arrival of ex-president Bush, every mothers son of them would have been arrested and imprisoned. The amazing lack of intelligence that this “protest” indicates shows that there are far too many ignorant people in this nation, pretty much all of whom are stupid enough to believe what is broadcast on Fox “News”, which is really a parody of real news shows, and should never, be taken seriously.

    These clowns are lucky they aren’t dead or in prison…

  28. People don’t use knives or chainsaws or flamethrowers to commit these acts, they use guns….why? Because guns make it EASIER to kill large amounts of people. It’s also the #1 method of suicide and ANY moron can buy one in this country!

    You gun nuts sicken me. That cold metal means more to you than human lives. Enjoying having blood on your hands.

  29. Actually the problem is that people who should never, ever have access to a gun, can go to any gun show and walk out with one. The guns themselves aren’t as much the problem as the fact that they’re available to those that misuse them.

    Guns have to be regulated to ensure that psychotic killers can’t get them. As it is now, someone can go to Walmart and buy a rifle, even if they’re on massive doses of psych-meds. If you don’t think there’s something wrong with that, you need professional help.

    By the way, rouge is something that women put on their cheeks to make them look pink. The word you were looking for is rogue.

  30. Not only wild-eyed freaks, riverhouse, but wild-eyed TRAITORS.

    The Confederate BATTLE flag, by the way, is the flag flown by traitors of the United States of America – and ignorant sore-losers. The war was between the Confederate States of America and the United States of America, and the Confederates were the enemy – and they LOST.

    To fly the Confederate BATTLE flag anywhere on American soil is akin to flying the ISIS flag here. Both are enemies of the United States.

    We – and especially U.S. mass media – need to understand that just because these people have a pinkish hue of skin and lighter hair, these characteristics don’t absolve them from being enemies of the United States of America and enemies of the American people who hold American values dear.

  31. It’s the same in southern West Virginia where I was born. That’s why the “it’s about heritage” crap doesn’t fly, because people from union states ALSO use confederate flags to showcase their bigotry.

  32. One lunatic with a gun is a problem. And while the lady was talking smack about Chicago, it should be noted for the year 2015, thanks to that gunman–Roseburg will have a higher per capita homicide rate than Chicago. Not just a little higher, a lot.

    Chicago averages 3 homicides per year for every 20,000 residents (15 per 100,000). Roseburg’s homicide rate will be at least triple Chicago’s rate this year.

    Sure, we are dealing with small sample sizes and a statistically aberrant year, but its still a problem.

  33. They brought their guns and their flags but forgot their brains. They sure look stupid when the President can not show respect for the victims families.

  34. Sheriffs depts practiced for terrorism attacks at both UCC and Clackamas Mall just days before the actual shootings occurred?

  35. How many of the .01 % was even Roseburg, Oregon residents? I bet none of those 300 gun carrying protestors knew any person who was killed or injured at the college. Did they read about the vet who had a gun but realized that a good person looks just like a bad person with a gun when it comes to a SWAT team and it could have been a blood bath. The same would happen with another person pulling a gun and trying to figure out who the bad guys are amongst all the good guys. Maybe next time, the smart move would be to background check all those protesters to find out who all the felons are who are carrying and shouldn’t be as it is against the law, right?

  36. If you remember, GWB caged protesters out of sight and a couple of blocks away when he was President.

  37. I assure you that I am not trailer trash, and although I vote Democratic in elections, I am completely against restriction of gun rights. You can gabble about your ridiculous twisting of the Second Amendment, but it basically means that Americans have the right to own guns, all the guns they want. Part of the reason why the Founding Fathers put the 2nd in was that the people would be armed in the face of government tyranny. I will write in Bernie Sanders in the election next year, but I will not vote for Clinton. I won’t vote for a repuke, but I will not vote for her. She has made a big mistake coming out with her anti-gun nonsense. And by the way, I agree that those with confederate flags are traitors.

  38. Roseburg, of course, is a lumber town – or used to be. The okies must have emigrated north from NSacValley up there, but some Roseburgers have emigrated to very small dead lumber towns, down here in okieville, too.

  39. I remember when GWB came to Louisville to campaign for McConnell and a gop congresswoman in “06”. We were kept blocks away, and they even had a tent set up, so he could exit the suv and no one ever saw him. It wasn’t like it mattered what we thought anyway.

  40. My Friends…Those are the types of Americans that makes you cringe, They are the lost souls…in a warped world in this country. Seperate Universe. Those folks will NEVER be convinced to enter the diverse world America is. And I will bet you that NONE of those Yahoos has EVernment (But most likely are all on Food stamps!)ER traveled out of their little town. Never seen the world at large. Don’t know shit about history nor cultural accomplishments. Yes, they are the in-breds, who just worship their guns, disrespect the Government and most like are ALL on Food stamps, Welfare, SSI or some form of government give away. Yet they, with bold faces, decry these same gifts to the “Others”. Saying, with a lot of derision: Why are them Blacks and browns and foreigners getting “Free stuff” or benefits? Not realizing that those people pay Taxes too, building the pool from which THEY Drink and get THEIR food stamps to survive in their backworld of non accomplisments, just living in HATE

  41. There are some typos and missplaced words (editing) that I made but could not correct in time. So they are there…embarrassing me. ;) Pardon the jumbled words up there.

  42. Oh, one more comment. Those people have no class. Nor do they understand that the President gave condolenses for their OWN people. And they turn out like THIS? ! Fu*ck the trailer trash MFers. As I said they have no class, and live in their inbred communities away from the real world. I have no sympathy for Americans like them. They are the face of the problems we have in this country, NOT the solution. So, why bother showing compassion to those A-holes. ????

  43. Robin,
    Ain’t that the truth. Those backward yahoos, Welfare getting, food stamp recipients are soooo F*king ignorant that they protest in the face of the American President offerin his condolences to them on behalf of the whole country, But THE MF-kers come out to protest against his stance on appropiate gun control (or whatever) to prevent WHAT HAPPENED to THEM in their community from happening across this country. All the cared about is, ignorantly, The President talked about their guns! The same guns that killed members of their OWN FU*kinG community! Go figure the imbecile ignorant Yahoo Hillbilly mentality we have in this country and you will see why we got a gun problem. Really.

  44. Southern Heritage? The guy who founded the town was from southern Michigan – an area AKA Michiana. Heavily Amish.

  45. I believe it is unfair to say that those idiots, mostly, were on Welfare or food stamps. I know plenty of blue collar morons who believe if only there was a flat tax everything would be fine after getting rid of SS, Medicaid, medicare, food stamps, school lunches, Planned Parenthood,ACA,40 hr work week, min wage,Unions,equal rights, aliens,EPA,NLRB,clean water and air regs.,climate change, etc, etc. Yeah they sure are idiots who truley believe every word anti Obama, every word of it. They hate with a passion!!! Damn scary guys, very.

  46. Really? Name calling? Do you even know what an Okie is??? Funny that the people who want others to be tolerant, and want others to be understanding of their opinions are always the first to start throwing stones and calling names.

  47. With 1 correction John in NH, It would be a ratty old FORD pickup truck. Ford IS the 12t choice of Ammosexual Rednecks. There’s a term a friend of mine coined, Ranger Danger! As in most people who drive Ford Rangers are a danger because they usually seem to be the most ignorant and radical of most Rednecks. Henry Ford was admired by Adolph Hitler, Adolph admired Henry as well Ford was a known anti-Semite and bigot….FORD..Go Furher!

  48. Actually it’s about as far South as you can get and still be in Oregon, smack dab in the valley West of the Cascades.

    I’m of the opinion that these folks were either mostly from out of state or were transplants. There’s not a lot of born and raised Oregonians in Oregon anymore.

  49. I stand corrected. Ammosexual, I love it! I wonder if there’s a correlation between NRA membership and Viagra prescriptions.

  50. No, it’s no longer an emigré farmworker from Oklahoma. It stands for Oathkeeper, a nasty bunch of crackpots if there ever were any.

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