Obama to visit relatives of Oregon shooting victims

2015-10-06 08:25
President Barack Obama. (Charles Dharapak, AP, File)

President Barack Obama. (Charles Dharapak, AP, File)

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Washington - President Barack Obama will travel to Oregon on 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 on 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.

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Faculty members embrace as they are allowed to return to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. (John Locher, AP)

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