If President Barack Obama thought he was going to adopt the town of Roseburg, Oregon, as poster children for his fight against Americans’ constitutional rights, he probably should consult the citizens before his upcoming visit on Friday.
As it is, the people of the small Oregon town have begun to send a message to the president that, instead of him using them to send a message, they want to send him a message.
In an interview with CNN, Jessy Atkinson, the brother of one of the shooting victims, said that he had a message for the president when he visits the place where the Umpqua Community College shooting occurred.
“I would tell him to look where the problem really lies and quit running the agenda — quit running the gun agenda,” Atkinson said. “It’s not the problem. It’s mental health in America. It’s obvious. All of us talk about it. I don’t know why we are hiding from it.”
Atkinson is the brother of Cheyenne Fitzgerald, a student who was shot in the back by the Roseburg gunman. Fitzgerald is in the hospital, but is expected to survive.
“It doesn’t seem our country is going in the right direction,” Atkinson said, saying that our country was spending money on the wrong things instead of focusing on mental health issues.
Cheyenne’s mother, Bonnie Schaan, also told NBC that she wished her daughter had a gun of her own to protect herself from the gunman.
“I say, America we need to pack guns — if this is what it’s coming to — to have to protect ourselves,” Schaan said.