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Oregon Sheriff Letter to Biden (2013): Warning ‘Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings.’

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin addresses the media following a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon AP

By Becca Andrews | Mother Jones

As the sheriff in Douglas County, Oregon, John Hanlin was front and center following Thursday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College, which left at least 13 people dead and 20 others wounded.

Two years ago, Hanlin was one of hundreds of sheriffs around the country to vow to stand against new gun control legislation. In a January 15, 2013, letter to Vice President Joe Biden, he wrote, “Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings.”

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