President Obama Meets With Oregon School Shooting Victims' Families

The president met with the families

ByARLETTE SAENZ
October 9, 2015, 5:25 PM

— -- President Obama met today with the families of victims of last week's deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.

The president said the country will need to "come together" to prevent tragedies such as the one at Umpqua, which left 10 dead, including the gunman, and 9 others injured.

“I've obviously got very strong feelings about this,” he said. “When you talk to these families, you’re reminded that this could be happening to your child, or your mom, or your dad or your relative or your friend.”

"But today it's about the families," he said.

The president thanked the community and state of Oregon for helping the families recover. He recounted a portion of his meeting, saying the families shared their appreciation for the outreach and sympathy extended to them.

“In moments like this, words aren’t -- aren’t going to bring their loved ones back,” he said, “But the one thing that they shared is how much they appreciate the entire UCC community coming together, how much they appreciate all their neighbors, all their friends, and people all across the country who offered to help."

The White House did not provide a list of family members who attended the meeting with the president, but at least one family publicly said they would forego the meeting due to the president's position on gun control.

"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 Bolan, whose daughter was shot and survived the shooting, told Fox News Channel.

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