Before we get to the story, question: Would you visit with Obama if he wanted to visit with you?
If I’m answer honestly, I’d say that I would visit with the president… so I could look him dead in the eye and tell him that this country has gone to hell under his watch.
Actually, I don’t think I’d have the chutzpa to do that. But I probably would meet him just so I could say I met a living president. Then again, maybe I wouldn’t meet him. I guess I don’t know how I would respond to the invite, which would certainly depend upon the circumstances.
To the matter at hand, the father of a shooting survivor at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, spoke in an interview on Fox’s “The Kelly File” and explained why he is not going to meet with the president this Friday as he makes his visit with the victims and their families.
“On principle, I find that I am in disagreement with his policies on gun control, and therefore, we will not be attending the visit,” said Stacy Boylan, the father of Ana Boylan, who was shot in the back and is now recovering from her wounds.
Mr. Boylan brought up the issue of gun control and how it creates target rich environments for evildoers.
“My daughter said to me, ‘What if somebody would have had a gun?’ Gun-free and gun control takes that option off the table,” Boylan stated. “I don’t think that’s the right course.”
Undoubtedly Boylan is right with his assessment, which makes me wish that he would go talk to Obama and tell him directly how he feels. You’ll recall how cavalierly Obama dismissed, in his speech following the shooting, our belief that embracing and not curtailing the one’s individual right to keep and bear arms is the best way to keep one safe from mass killers.
“And what’s become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun legislation,” said Obama. “Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out: We need more guns, they’ll argue. Fewer gun safety laws.”
“Does anybody really believe that?” questioned the president imperiously. “There are scores of responsible gun owners in this country –they know that’s not true. We know because of the polling that says the majority of Americans understand we should be changing these laws — including the majority of responsible, law-abiding gun owners.”
Well, for what it’s worth Mr. Boylan appears to be a responsible and law-abiding gun owner and he believes that gun-free zones are counterintuitive to public safety and downright dangerous. Now I respect Mr. Boylan’s right to do what’s in the best interest of his family, and I totally don’t blame him for not seeing POTUS, but part of me also wishes he would confront Obama and give him the dose of reality on this issue that he so desperately needs.