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Protests expected ahead of President Obama's Roseburg visit

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One day ahead to President Obama’s scheduled visit to meet with the families of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting, thousands of protesters are preparing to show disagreement with the trip and the president’s agenda.

Over 7,500 people have signed up to attend the event on a Facebook page called, “Defend Roseburg - Deny barack 0bama.” The rally detailed on the page directs protesters to set up in one of two spots, and advised them if they “choose to carry a firearm that is your right,” though they also say to keep weapons holstered or otherwise secured.

One of the organizers of the protests, Michelle Finn, told the Associated Press that the president is, “not wanted here,” and that he is visiting the area, “purely to push his garbage.” Others in the Roseburg community have asked why the school didn’t have more than a single unarmed guard securing the campus.

At least one parent of a victim of the shooting agrees. Stacy Boylan told Fox News earlier in the week that he does not think the president’s proposals for tougher gun control laws would have stopped his daughter Ana from being shot.

"I've spoken to my family, and for myself and for my daughter and son, on principle, I find that I am in disagreement with his policies on gun control, and therefore, we will not be attending the visit," Stacy Boylan said.

Roseburg city leaders and the Douglas County Commissioners have both release statements welcoming the president, though. A release from the city, in fact, made point of the fact that others had incorrectly claimed to have been speaking for city against the trip.

“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 release from city officials said.

There currently are no public events scheduled for the president’s stop Friday.

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