Note: as we promised Friday morning, when President Obama went to Roseburg, Oregon he was met with protesters objecting to him politicizing the horrible tragedy. One of the people there was my good friend Tami Jackson who wrote about the experience at one of the sites she works with, Barbewire. Below is an excerpt from her story.
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.
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?
To read more of the story and see more pictures of the protests President Obama saw when he went to Roseburg Oregon (and a video of Tami’s appearance on the TV News) please click here.