President Obama: Americans must ‘come together’ on gun crimes

Demonstrators wait outside of Roseburg Regional Airport for President Barack Obama's arrival in Roseburg, Ore., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. More than 200 gun-rights activists protested Obama’s visit on Friday to Oregon to meet with the families of victims of last week’s campus killings. The protesters were angry about Obama’s calls for gun restrictions in the wake of the shooting rampage that killed eight students and a teacher at Umpqua Community College. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – President Barack Obama says the American people will eventually have to “come together” to figure out how to prevent deadly mass shootings like one that took place in Oregon last week.

He met privately Friday with the victims’ grieving families. Eight students and a teacher at a community college in Roseburg were killed by a shooter who then turned the gun on himself.

Obama had pledged immediately after the shooting to “politicize” the issue.

But when he emerged from the approximately hour-long meeting Friday, he said, “Today is about the families.”

Obama’s renewed call for stricter gun laws did not go over well in Roseburg, where gun ownership is popular.

Hundreds of supporters and protesters gathered near the local airport to greet him as he arrived.

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