More than 200 pro-gun advocates protested President Obama's visit on Oct. 9 to Roseburg, Oregon, where he privately met and comforted the families of victims of the mass shooting on Oct. 1 that took nine lives (videos below).
"By coming here, Obama is going to politicize a tragedy by saying that you have to have gun control," protester George Starr told the Associated Press.
However, Obama had a private meeting with the families, not a public appearance, which was made clear all week in pre-advance notices.
"I'm here to tell Obama he is not welcome in our county," Bruce Rester added. "He is exploiting the local tragedy with his gun control agenda."
"Everybody should carry a gun," Rester stated. "An armed society is a polite society."
However, in August, a study was released that found police were three times more likely to be murdered while on the job in states with levels of high gun ownership, noted RT.com.
A 2013 study published in the American Journal of Public Health "found that states with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides."
Another 2013 study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology Advance Access, stated: "On an average day in the United States, more than 100 Americans die by suicide; half of these suicides involve the use of firearms."
According to studies culled by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, high rates of gun ownership are strongly linked to high rates of homicide in the U.S. and other developed nations.
Sources: RT.com, Associated Press via WSBT, American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Epidemiology Advance Access, Harvard Injury Control Research Center / Photo Credit: Fox News Screenshot