ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – When President Barack Obama arrives Friday in Roseburg, Oregon, he will find a timber town still in mourning over the shooting that killed eight community college students and a teacher.
But he will also find another deeply held emotion – seething anger over his calls for new gun restrictions.
Only a week after the attack, many people in this region known as Oregon’s Bible Belt are quick to reaffirm their opposition to stricter gun laws.
At least one parent of a shooting survivor says his family will not meet with the president. And gun-rights supporters plan to protest during Obama’s visit.
Michelle Finn is helping to organize the protests. She says Obama is “not wanted here” and that the president is coming “purely to push his garbage.”
A Facebook page details a planned protest of the President’s visit. The group is planning its protest for 11:00 a.m. at two different Roseburg intersections.