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In Oregon visit, Obama Will Find Grief But Also Resentment

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 ROSEBURG, OR.  - 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 called "Defend Roseburg - Deny Barack Obama" outlines plans for a protest at 11 a.m. Friday in advance of the president's expected early afternoon arrival. Over 7,000 people have clicked on "going" to the rally, including many who have indicated that they are coming from California and elsewhere.

The City of Roseburg officials and Douglas County Commissioners have announced that  they are welcoming Obama to privately visit families of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting.

“We wish to be clear that Mayor Rich, City Council President Ryan and the Roseburg City Council welcome the President to Roseburg and will extend him every courtesy,” the city said in a news release on Tuesday.

The Douglas County commissioners also issued a statement.

"Regardless of our differences with the President on policy issues, we await the President's arrival and look forward to his show of support for a community who is grieving and whose heartache is immeasurable--especially the families of those killed," the commissioners said in a statement on Tuesday.

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