The brother of a survivor of last week’s Oregon college shooting blasted President Barack Obama Monday, for audaciously politicizing the tragedy by touting gun control within hours of the massacre.
Obama is scheduled to travel to Oregon Friday to meet privately with the families of the shooting victims.
Host Anderson Cooper asked Jessy Atkinson, brother of Cheyeanne Fitzgerald who had a kidney removed as a result of being injured in the shooting, what he and his family would say to Obama if they get the opportunity to speak to him during his visit.
“I would tell him to look where the problem really lies and quit running the agenda — quit running the gun agenda,” he fired back. “It’s not the problem. It’s mental health in America. It’s obvious. All of us talk about it. I don’t know why we are hiding from it.”
“It doesn’t seem our country is going in the right direction,” Atkinson said, calling for the money government spends abroad and on incarcerating drug offenders to be redirected towards mental health programs.
“Our children should be able to protect themselves somehow,” Bonnie Schaan, mother of the shooting victim, said in agreement with her son.
Schaan told NBC Nightly News Sunday that her daughter should have had a gun to be able to defend herself, and stressed that the attack is a reminder that Americans must be armed so they are able to defend their lives if such a heinous act befalls them.
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