It never ceases to amaze how much animus targeting President Barack Obama exists in the population; particularly that segment of the population that lacks compassion and loves guns. After last week’s routine mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Oregon, the President planned to meet privately, behind closed-doors, with victims’ families to offer the nation’s condolences and show some human compassion by comforting the grieving Americans.
Upon learning of the President’s intended visit to express something lacking in Americans, compassion, a gun-loving group decided to issue a warning to the President of the United States that not only was he not welcomed in their community, if he did show up, they were showing up armed and dangerous to protest his compassionate visit with the families grieving the loss of their loved ones. Throughout the week, gun freaks warned the President not to comfort the aggrieved and not to dare set foot in Roseburg because they love guns and could not care less about the victims of another gun massacre.
The local gun maniacs followed through on their threat. It was reported around the world that seriously sick gun-nuts had gathered with hundreds of other armed protesters to rail against the President of the United States’ for having the temerity to meet with, and comfort, the grieving families. The gun fanatics are very, very angry and claim the President rushed to “politicize” the tragedy by seeking a political remedy that may prevent the next group of parents from suffering the actions of yet another gun zealot’s murderous rampage. Apparently, even talking about what is needed to stop the mass shooting epidemic ravaging America is sufficient to elicit hate from compassionless gun lovers.
Of course, a private Presidential visit with victims’ families brought out the typical morons suffering from “Obama Derangement Syndrome,” replete with their Confederate and Gadsden, “Don’t Tread On Me,” flags and “several hundred“ fully-armed gun worshippers. Some of the protesters carried signs telling the President of the United States to “Go back to Kenya,” “We support our Sheriff,” “Gun Free Zones are for sitting ducks,” “Obama is wrong” and “Nothing Trumps Our Liberty.” Now for the ten-thousandth time, Umpqua Community College was not a “gun-free” zone. Otherwise, the shooter could not have waltzed unchallenged onto the campus with an arsenal to commit deadly mayhem.
The armed protest was set up in advance and well-advertised on a Facebook event page labeled “Defend Roseburg – Deny barack 0bama” [sic]. Seriously, these gun zealots are driven by the same lack of compassion and hate as extremists in ISIS if for no other reason than they believe guns are the solution to any and every possible grievance. For reasonable human beings, it is absolutely unclear how, exactly, arming up and telling the President to go back to Kenya, or waving a yellow snake flag, is defending Roseburg or “denying Barack Obama” anything, but these malcontents are as notorious for not making any sense as they are for lacking humanity towards other Americans; they obviously do not believe they have to make sense because they have guns and Obama-hate to spare.
Although there were ‘only’ several hundred protesters, about 8,000 gun-zealots had RSVP’d on the Facebook event page that as awesome patriotic Americans they would assemble to “deny Barack Obama” and, by dog, “defend Roseburg” from a President comforting parents who lost their children to gun violence. The event’s organizers even advised prospective protesters show up “carrying a handgun instead of a rifle,” but because they really “love freedom” they did have the forethought to add that true-blue American Constitution-loving patriots “have the right to carry what you wish;” just bring lots of guns.
Apparently the goal was to impress the President who skirted the protesters’ circus to “meet in private” and not make a political sideshow during a very serious and sad time for the survivors. That was left to the gun-maniacs and conspiracy-theory-minded people waving Confederate and Gadsden flags and signs telling the President to go back to Kenya.
It is likely the gun-maniacs hoped to frighten the President who travelled across the nation to meet, “in private and behind closed-doors” out of the view of the public and the press, to comfort grieving families of unchecked gun violence. No doubt the President also promised the families he will continue to fight to ensure that another group of Americans will never ever have to be informed by law enforcement that their children were brutally slaughtered on a “gun safe” college campus. As a reminder, the same day armed protestors were trying to make a point to the President that campus gun massacres are acceptable because 2nd Amendment, at least two other college campuses experienced mass shootings.
On Friday while armed and dispassionate protesters were awaiting to “show Obama” how much they love allowing firearms everywhere, police in Arizona, a “no gun law state,” were reporting a student opened fire on fellow students killing one and injuring three others. On the same day, in Texas where NRA-beholden Republicans just made college campuses gun safe zones, a second “shooting incident” occurred at the same housing complex where another student died on Tuesday.
Friday’s death in Texas was the second fatal campus shooting in less than 12 hours. Perhaps when the Oregon gun fanatics learn when the dead student’s funerals in Texas and Arizona are scheduled, they will arm up, travel South, and show their support for more guns on campuses. In fact they will have two perfect opportunities to show their lack of compassion for dead students and bemoan non-existent “gun free zones,” and rail against President Obama for working towards a time when going to college, or Columbine High School, or Sandy Hook Elementary School, or Umpqua Community College will not be entering a killing zone.
Apparently what the gun maniacs in Oregon are up in arms over is the concept of gun safety as a political issue; they are livid that President Obama said as much. But who in their right mind could possibly disagree with him? In America, gun safety is certainly not a “pro-life” issue driven by compassion for life because gun fanatics have about as much regard for the lives their precious guns are erasing as they do other Americans right to a higher education without fear of dying. If gun safety is not a political issue then the country is doomed because the gross lack of compassion for living human beings is why gun violence is rampant.
First, only politicians in Washington can do anything meaningful to stem the “routine” mass shootings by enacting basic gun safety laws. And second, Americans, Republicans, and the NRA’s gun worshippers cannot be moved by basic human compassion. Look, if 20 six-year-old children being slaughtered like animals in their classrooms with an assault weapon is not heart-rending enough to move Americans to force action on gun safety, then it is left to decent Americans to “politicize” the issue in the most strident possible way.
President Obama was not in Roseburg to give a speech, or politicize the senseless gun-slaughter of innocent students; he was there to represent the American people’s compassion and to comfort the grieving families. Still, it was an opportunity for the gun fanatics to strap on their guns, support their Oathkeeper sheriff who pledged NOT to enforce gun safety laws, and somehow “defend Roseburg” and “deny Barack Obama.”
The gun maniacs and Obama haters complained long before the President’s humanitarian visit to comfort and console the shooting victims’ families that he was coming to “politicize” the NRA-inspired massacre. However, the President announced in advance he would meet the families in private, “behind closed doors,” and that is precisely what he did; as a compassionate President.
The President’s private visit was “politicized,” but it was the gun zealots and Obama haters who politicized the event, not the President. In that sense, the “deny Obama” crowd is no better than the haters affiliated with the Westboro Baptist church. What is worse is that they used what was supposed to be a private meeting of compassion and consolation to further their own political agenda of putting as many guns as humanly possible in Americans’ hands. The true mark of compassionless human beings is advocating for more objects that serve no other purpose than taking human lives; at school, at church, in shopping malls and all over a nation that lacks compassion nearly as much as it lacks intelligence.
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