The PJ Tatler

Roseburg Newspaper Publisher: An Obama Visit Would Be 'Very Inappropriate' After He Politicized Shooting

The publisher of the conservative newspaper the Roseburg Beacon told Breitbart News reporter Lee Stranahan that Barack Obama would not be welcome in town after politicizing the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College on October 1.

Asked what he thought of the rumors that the president might be visiting Roseburg, David Jaques said that he thought it would be “very inappropriate” and “disrespectful to the families.”

As PJ Media reported on Friday, Roseburg is a politically conservative town that has a history of being very pro-2nd Amendment, and that hasn’t changed in the wake of the UCC massacre that left nine dead and nine injured.

“The fact is, the president has no connection with this community, he has no connection with any of the families,” he said.

Jaques argued that Obama made that “abundantly clear” when he rushed to a microphone to pontificate about gun control before all of the bodies had been identified, and before authorities had contained the scene.

“And he’s holding a press conference 3,000 miles away from here…almost implying that he could have singlehandedly prevented this from happening if Congress had listened to him.”

Because the president openly admitted that he was “politicizing” the tragedy, Jaques said he considered a potential visit from him nothing more than a campaign stop to further his agenda of disarming Americans.

“It shows not only a total disdain and disregard for our constitution, but for our very citizens — especially those of us here in Douglas County,” said Jaques. He added that “we believe in the Second Amendment. We believe in the whole Constitution.”

Jaques said he was proud of Sheriff John Hanlin, who, he said, “put the administration on notice that if you pass any laws, edicts or executive actions that are either unconstitutional or extra-constitutional, they will not be enforced in Douglas County.”

Although the liberal media has been busy savaging Hanlin for his pro-gun views, Jaques said that “we’re proud of him. That’s the kind of sheriff we elected overwhelmingly.” He added, “I think he’ll get higher numbers on this re-elect.”

“This is the heart of this country,” Jaques declared. “We love America, and we believe in the foundational principles that made this country great.”