- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The White House said residents of the Oregon town where a gunman killed nine people at a community college have “nothing to fear” from President Obama’s scheduled trip to their community on Friday.

Told that some residents of Roseburg that Mr. Obama intends to politicize the shootings, White House press secretary Josh Earnest replied, “Those individuals have nothing to fear.”

“The president’s made clear that the goal of his visit is to spend time with the families of those who were so deeply affected by this terrible tragedy,” Mr. Earnest said. “That’s the purpose of the president’s trip.”

Stacy Boylan, father of Umpqua Community College shooting survivor Ana Boylan, said Mr. Obama’s visit to Roseburg is all about pushing his gun-control agenda.

“I do believe it was Rahm Emmanuel that said, ‘Never let a good tragedy go to waste,’” Mr. Boylan told Fox News, adding that he questions Mr. Obama’s motives.

He said that he’s spoken to his daughter and other family members, and decided that they will not be attending the president’s visit.

“On principle, I find that I am in disagreement with his policies on gun control, and therefore, we will not be attending the visit.”

“Imagine a politician politicizing something,” Mr. Carson said during an interview with “Fox and Friends.” When do we get to the point where we have people who actually want to solve our problems rather than just politicize everything? I think that’s what the American people are so sick and tired of.”

City officials released a statement Tuesday saying they welcome the president.

“Since the announcement that President Obama may be in the Roseburg area on Friday to meet with the families that lost loved ones at Umpqua Community College, news outlets have been announcing that the president was not welcome in Roseburg,” the statement read. “These announcements have included alleged quotes from community leaders. We wish to be clear that Mayor [Larry] Rich, City Council President [Tom] Ryan and the Roseburg City Council welcome the president to Roseburg and will extend him every courtesy.”

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