Obama to visit relatives of Oregon shooting victims
6 October 2015, Nirapad News: President Barack Obama will travel to Oregon Friday to meet with relatives of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting, a White House official told AFP.
A gunman went on a shooting rampage on October 1 that left nine people dead at the college in Roseburg, Oregon, before committing suicide as police cornered him.
Just hours after the shooting, a stone-faced Obama gave a press conference in which he blasted the opposition Republican-controlled Congress for opposing “any kind of common sense gun legislation.”
He later warned that failure to act on gun control was a “political
decision,” and vowed to keep pushing for reform after America’s latest mass shooting.
Obama “will travel to Roseburg, Oregon to visit privately with families of victims of the shooting,” a White House official said late Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The shooting, the latest in a string of similar attacks in recent years at colleges and schools in the United States, has revived a fierce debate on gun control.
The last mass shooting at a US school took place in 2012 when 20 elementary school students and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The president had already scheduled a four day trip over the weekend to the west coast, mainly aimed at raising funds for his Democratic party.