By Angelica ThorntonPublished: Oct 8, 2015 at 6:07 PM PDTLast Updated: Oct 8, 2015 at 6:13 PM PDT
Sad, angry and appalled, two dozen Senate democrats led by Oregon's delegation described their frustration in the wake of the tragedy in Roseburg. “Every community could be the next,” said Oregon Senator Jeff Merkeley.
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."