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Protesters greet Pres. Obama upon arrival in Roseburg

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Protesters hold signs in anticipation of Pres. Obama's arrival Friday Protesters hold signs in anticipation of Pres. Obama's arrival Friday
Pres. Obama walks off Air Force One with Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter DeFazio Pres. Obama walks off Air Force One with Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter DeFazio
ROSEBURG, OR (KPTV) -

As President Barack Obama landed in Oregon Friday to meet with families of those killed at Umpqua Community College, he was greeted by protesters upset about his stance on gun control.

"It did not make any of us happy, with what seemed like moment after the shooting, Obama was using it to push political agenda without having facts of what happened yet," said protest co-organizer Rick Halle. "People in Roseburg, they don’t need that tragedy used against them and that’s what happening."

Residents of Roseburg lined streets near the town's airport as the president landed just before 12:30 p.m., holding signs with messages like, "No more gun free zones" and "The right to bear arms shall not be infringed - 2nd Amendment."

More than 8,400 people had RSVP'd for the protest on a Facebook page called 'Defend Roseburg - Deny barack Obama.'

Many believed the president was in town to push a pro-gun control agenda.

"We drove in from Klamath Falls to be here," said protester Joshua Brimmer. "I think he shouldn’t come here, just for the fact that these local people aren’t welcoming him. It's just causing more chaos and strife and tearing up emotions."

"I feel like he should have put our people in front of his politics," said Roseburg resident Vickie Hart. "Everyone is grieving so much, and for him to turn this into a political thing is just appalling."

The president's office said, however, that the commander in chief was in town only to meet privately with families of the victims of the October 1 shooting.

"I've got some very strong feelings about this," said a somber President Obama as he addressed a small group reporters at Roseburg High School.  "Because you're reminded that this could happen to your child. Today is about the families."

There were no public events planned Friday.

At least one family of a shooting survivor said they had no plans to meet with the president.

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 and Douglas County officials made it clear throughout the week that they welcomed the president's visit and intended to extend him every courtesy.

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