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About a month after the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin in Oregon posted a video on his Facebook page from conspiracy theorists who said the event might have been a hoax. A few days later, he wrote to Vice President Joe Biden, telling him to stay away from gun control.

Hanlin was thrust into the spotlight on Thursday after a gunman opened fire at a college classroom in Douglas County, killing nine people and wounding several others before police shot him to death.

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