Obama alludes to 'strong feelings' about UCC shooting

PHOTOS BY ANDY NELSON AND BRIAN DAVIES - President Barack Obama waves as he deplanes from Air Force One in Oregon Friday afternoon.

President Barack Obama’s motorcade arrived at Roseburg High School around 12:45 p.m. Friday after driving past hundreds of protestors.

“Obama go home,” shouted one large sign. Second amendment advocates lined the streets and waited outside the Roseburg airport to show Obama their displeasure at his gun control advocacy.

The president touched down first in Eugene, greeting Gov. Kate Brown and Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy among other officials. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter DeFazio joined Obama on Air Force One.

Reports say the president did not mention gun control directly as he talked to a small contingent of press waiting outside the school library. Obama spoke for about an hour with families of the victims of the Oct. 1 Umpqua Community College shooting.

“I’ve got some very strong feelings about this,” said a somber Obama, speaking so low he could barely be heard. “Because you’re reminded that this could happen to your child. Today is about the families.”

Three victims are still in recovery in the hospital. Today a memorial service was held for Lucero Alcaraz, one of the 10 total dead in the rampage.

KOIN 6 News and OPB contributed to this report.