Protesters Greet Obama in Portland
Following the shooting that took place last week killing 12 and injuring another 58 in Colorado, the demonstrators said the President must stand up to the National Rifle Association. The protestors asked that Congress reinstate the assault weapons and high ammunition ban that expired back in 2004.
One protestor said that President Obama has not been aggressive enough about promoting a change in our violent culture. The protestor did say that nonetheless she would vote for Obama because thinking about the alternative was too scary.
The protestors were in front of the Oregon Convention Center, but police barricades kept them a good distance away. The president had been scheduled to have a fundraiser on Tuesday afternoon for his campaign. The president’s motorcade did not pass in front of the protestors.
One protestor noted that some of the people killed in the massacre last week had died due to protecting others. She said the President or Romney need to be brave and put the NRA in their place. She said leadership and action was needed not just words.
Other issues were pushed as well amongst the protestors. The majority of complaints were liberal issues with some protesting punitive laws against marijuana; others spoke of the drones that were killing suspected terrorists and plans of exporting coal through ports in the northwest to be used in Asia.
The president arrived in Oregon and was greeted by Craig Robinson, his brother-in-law, who is the basketball coach of Oregon State.