Sheriff leading Umpqua Community College mass shooting response wrote anti-gun control letter after Sandy Hook
An Oregon sheriff is leading the emergency response to Thursday’s mass shooting at a community college once fought a White House push for stricter gun control in the wake of the 2012 Newtown school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead.
A shooter killed, at least, ten people and injured 20 more at Umpqua Community College in the town of Roseburg before being killed by police; Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin confirmed in a press conference Thursday afternoon.
“Typically I would say, ‘Good afternoon,’”
Hanlin said to the media before telling details what was known of the tragedy that hit his community.
“Obviously, today here in southern Oregon is not a good afternoon. It’s a terrible day.”
As Hanlin shared information of the shooting disaster, papers emerged to show that in 2013 he wrote to Vice President Joe Biden to argue against tougher gun laws.
January 2013, a month after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Hanlin wrote a letter to Biden to request that the Obama administration not push for tighter gun restrictions and to let officials know that if stricter laws passed, he would not enforce them.
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