(NBC News) One week after the brutal mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon took the lives of nine innocent victims the pain and heartache is still raw.
“There’s just some days where I just cry, I do know why I’m crying, but it just happens. It’s hard,” says Cassandra Welding, a student who fled the gunfire.
President Obama will travel to Roseburg Friday, where he’s expected to meet privately with families of the victims.
It’s a visit that some gun rights advocates in the rural community are opposed to because of the president’s stance on gun control.
While critics of the visit say the climate is too politically charged, the publisher of the conservative Roseburg Beacon was more blunt.
“Frankly it’s nothing more than a politicized opportunity for him to push his anti gun agenda,” says David Jacques.
Still, city officials including the mayor are welcoming the president.
“I am Republican, I am strong supporter of gun rights and I want him here too,” says Mayor Larry Rich.
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