David Jaques, the publisher of a local newspaper in Roseburg, Oregon, claimed on Oct. 5 that President Obama is not welcome in the town where a shooting took nine lives last week (video below).
On Oct. 9, Obama will be meeting privately with families of victims who were gunned down at Umpaqua Community College, reports NBC News.
Jaques, of the Roseburg Beacon (a conservative newspaper, according to the Daily Mail), told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, that some families and city leaders do not want Obama in town:
Well, I think the president, first of all, is not be welcome in the community. And that isn't just my opinion. We talked to dozens upon dozens of citizens, some family members of the victims, our elected officials.
And you may have a copy, if you don’t I’d be happy to read from it on the air that our Douglas County commissioners along with our Douglas County elected sheriff, who is very popular, and our chief of police all came to consensus language about him not being welcome here to grandstand for political purposes. and I'd be happy to read it or encapsulate it.
Jaques said that members of community were upset that the president issued a statement before all the names of the victims were known, which is what other presidents have done after national tragedies, including President Roosevelt, following Pearl Harbor, and President Bush, after 9/11.
Jaques inferred that he was unhappy that Obama said he was going to "politicize" the mass gun shootings during his original statement. Obama made that reference in response to pro-gun advocates who always accuse him of politicizing mass gun shooting tragedies by calling for stricter gun control laws, which other developed nations have in place.
“Now, he wants to come to our community, and stand on the corpses of our loved ones to make some kind of a political point, and it isn't going to be well-received not by our people, not by the families, and not even be elected officials,” Jaques added.
Jaques also told Breitbart.com that the president should not visit Roseburg because he doesn't have any personal connection to the families (video below).
However, throughout American history, U.S. presidents have met with families whose loved ones have died in a tragedy or in war, even though they had no personal relationship with the victims or families.
Jaques added that Obama wants to "take away American citizen’s right to own firearms," but didn't provide any proof of this claim.