By News StaffPublished: Oct 8, 2015 at 11:32 AM PDTLast Updated: Oct 8, 2015 at 11:33 AM PDT
Three military aircraft attracted a lot of attention Wednesday in Roseburg, Ore., where the president is expected Friday to meet with the families of the victims of the October 1 mass shooting at Umpqua Community College. The airport in Roseburg is not rated to handle an aircraft like Air Force One. The president could fly in to Eugene by plane and then transit via helicopter to Roseburg.
Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson cautioned against government actions to restrict gun rights in response to last week's mass shooting at an Oregon community college, urging lawmakers to use "common sense" instead.
The nonprofit Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence has called for Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin's resignation.
Many people have taken to social media to show their support, using the hashtag "Support for Hanlin".
Meanwhile, the White House said President Obama's visit to Roseburg is not about gun control legislation.
"The trip would not be about politics," said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary. "That trip would be about merely consoling the families of those who were so profoundly affected by that tragedy."