An Oregon state representative, who served over 29 years as a state police officer, is disappointed with the anti-gun rhetoric by President Obama and others following Thursday’s campus shooting in his state.
In remarks Thursday night after the shooting, Obama said: “This is something we should politicize,” adding that it is “a political choice that we make to allow [these shootings] to happen every few months in America.”
Republican Rep. Andy Olson, from central Oregon, disagrees with Obama. He told USA Headline News radio talk show host Russ Jones on Friday: “Let the community and let the state mourn. Don’t start with the politics immediately.”
Olson added: “There’ll come another day when we can take a look and evaluate and assess what has happened and what to do as a state here in Oregon to maybe better improve our gun rights, without infringing what we’re doing with the Second Amendment.”
He believes that the shooting at Umpqua Community College necessitates a review of the school’s policy of having an unarmed security guard and whether those students and others who have a conceal carry license should be allowed to bring their weapons on campus. “What is wrong with having a security guard carrying a firearm? We don’t know.”
The former president of UCC, Joe Olson, told the New York Times: “We talked about that over the last year because we were concerned about safety on campus,” he said. “The campus was split 50-50. We thought we were a very safe campus, and having armed security officers on campus might change the culture.” (Read more from “Oregon Politician Tells Whole Country What It Should Do After Shooting – Obama Didn’t Get the Message” HERE)