A first hand report from a NATIVE Oregonian…
Friday promised to be a splendid day: blue skies, a sunny 84 degrees, and a small town in Oregon busting at the seams with patriots.
I was invited to the event by my friend and event co-organizer Casey Runyan (working with Michelle Finn), a former 0331 Infantry Machine Gunner Team Leader in the U.S. Marine Corps. I was excited to be at what many of us knew could be a seminal event, a gathering of real Oregonians who love America and her Constitution.
This was our chance to show the nation the Oregon that exists outside the progressive enclaves of Multnomah County (Portland) and Lane County (Eugene), which bully the entire state. Those socialist activists are not the Oregonians I’ve known my whole life growing up in this stunningly beautiful state, but rather are Lefty imports largely from our neighboring state to the south.
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Getting ready for the day, my loadout consisted of my custom IWB JM Custom Kydex holster and Glock™ 19 Gen 3 — those of us who carry were encouraged to do so. Though I have a CC license, I tucked my t-shirt for an open carry display rather than the usual low profile.
I made the 2 and 1/2 hour drive to Roseburg early, noting the traffic becoming thicker and slower as I neared the venue. It soon became clear that a motorcade (I’m told it was Governor Kate Unelected Brown’s convoy) impeded the route.
Note: No, the police escorts will not allow drivers to pass on the right of motorcades. I can attest. And my friend, State Senator Kim Thatcher and hubby are my witnesses!
I arrived at the corner of NW Stewart Parkway and NW Aviation Drive an hour or so early, and the crowd was already assembling. Smiling but determined people, many citizens of Douglas County and Roseburg, others from all over the state.
I felt a special affinity for this community since I had lived here once as a little girl, and in fact my mom worked at KPIC TV in Roseburg. Interestingly, anchor John Doyle worked with my mom and at one point gifted me a cowgirl outfit that I loved and I believe it included a holster! Shades of things to come?
The first sign at the corner of Stewart and Aviation:
I made my way down the block shaking hands, fist-bumping friends new and old, a virtual sea of happy, but determined to “take-it-no-more” patriots surrounding me. People waved American flags, smiled and called out, “Molon Labe!” The now famous “No-Bama” truck was prominently parked, easily visible to traffic on both streets.
So many signs were everywhere, homemade and proudly held by kids, teens, adults and the elderly. I spoke to them all: every last one a kindred spirit hoping for a seachange in America. Hoping that others across our beloved nation will take our cue and begin to tell Obama and his ilk “NO MORE TYRANNY!!”
And ALL of us were united in our disgust that Obama planned his visit in spite of the community NOT wanting him here (to the tune of millions of taxpayer dollars)! The message to Obama was loud and clear:
And the Second Amendment message was equally loud and clear: it is our God-given, constitutionally-protected right. No occupier of the White House can strip us of our inalienable rights!
Another recurrent theme of the signs and the sign-bearers was whole-hearted support for Second Amendment Champion, Sheriff John Hanlin. Further, I heard hundreds of folks thanking the police and state troopers who were present. Those police and troopers responded in kind, most of them thanking US for being there and standing up to the Administration and for our Second Amendment rights.
In fact, one state trooper stopped me and thanked ME for carrying! He mentioned that it sent a terrific message to other women and citizens concerning the right to bear arms.
There was an abundance of Mainstream Media present, looking for interviews with the attendees. I gave a few such interviews, although a couple entities turned me down when I answered honestly that yes, I was media. It soon became clear these so-called journalists were seeking to do the usual hit piece with their own narrative.
I consented to do an interview with KATU Channel 2’s Emily Sinovic. Emily was gracious, and led me through a series of questions for about 5 minutes. I will never again trust ANY MSM unless the interview is live! Here’s the final video and my 6 allotted seconds [Update — the video was removed and I was not upset that I didn’t get more “airtime,” I was concerned that my words were edited down to form the station manager’s anti-gun narrative]:
What I actually said?
Emily: What is the purpose of this Roseburg event?
My answer: We are Oregonians, patriots who love America and her Constitution. We disagree vehemently with the President’s policies and actions and we are outraged that he would dare to visit when the community made it clear he was not wanted here.
Emily: What would you have done if you had been carrying and at Umpqua Community College that day?
My answer: Without hesitation I would have stopped the threat.
Emily: What would you say to those who might believe you’re being disrespectful to a sitting president?
My answer: That’s nonsense. We wish him no harm. We just believe that when someone puts their hand on the Bible and swears to protect our Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, and then with every action appears to be said domestic enemy of the Constitution, we want that person out of the White House. We want someone in the oval office who has the same love of country and allegiance to the Constitution that we all have. Period.
Emily: What was the point of your being armed today?
My answer: Casey asked any and all who do carry, to please carry as a show of Second Amendment solidarity. You might notice that this is an In the Waistband holster, intended for concealed carry, but I tucked my t-shirt in today so it would be evident I was packing.
Emily: What would you say to those who believe that all of you are doing just what you’ve accused President Obama of doing — politicizing a tragedy?
My answer: We are all standing with the people of Roseburg. They are in our continued thoughts and prayers and our outrage is due to Obama suggesting this should be politicized for more aggressive gun control and gun registration laws.
That was most of the questions that I remember, none of which made Emily’s “highly edited” footage that focused on gun violence, with the parting shot being 2 lone Obama supporters in full biking regalia and helmets, holding an “I support Obama” sign and judging the hundreds of other attendees to be very disrespectful.
I did manage to get a few shots of Obama’s motorcade and limo:
It was a sunny day; it was an important day. Hundreds of Oregonians at two different sites peaceably assembling to stand with Roseburg, to pray for the victims and families, to show our support of the Second Amendment, and to send a big message to President Obama: Oregon does NOT want you and your gun-grabbing ideas! Go home!
Our hope? That this is just a beginning. There are “flyover” folks in every state from coast to coast who are sick and tired of a president who deems himself above the Constitution, seizing powers not vested by the Constitution, and making laws as if he were the Legislative Branch.
We hope, that by seeing what happened in Roseburg, Oregon, that state the Progressives and others call dark blue, patriots will get off their backsides and show the spineless elected officials how to stand on the Constitution. The Constitution that exists to safe-guard our God-given rights that no man, certainly no petulant POTUS with a phone and a pen, can take away.
And the perfect bookend to the day?
The very last thing Obama saw, as patriots visited cheerfully with state troopers:
Oh…one final note: in the President’s motorcade, trailing the presidential limo by a couple cars, was an SUV with the hatch wide open and Secret Service manning a Minigun. Yes a Minigun. As if Roseburg was Palestine or Somalia.
Excuse me, Mr. President, the heinous shooting took place in a GUN-FREE ZONE. Kinda like your precious Chicago. What we really need in America is more citizens clinging to God and their guns, more citizens memorizing their Bible verses and knowing the Constitution.
The President wasted millions of taxpayer dollars to come to a community where he was not welcome.
But the patriots in Roseburg, Oregon?
We were proud to stand for God and country and our Constitution.
God bless Roseburg and God bless these United States of America.
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