US gun-safety groups call for urgent action after Colorado shooting

US gun-safety groups call for urgent action after Colorado shooting
Law enforcement officers in tactical gear are seen at the site of a shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on Tuesday. Source: Reuters
2 Min Read

Daily US Times: After recording a year with the lowest mass shootings in over a decade, the US suffered its second such incident on Monday in less than a week with a shooting at a Colorado supermarket that killed 10 peoples, including one police officer.

After the latest mass shooting, gun safety advocates called for immediate action by US Congress to address the resurgent national crisis as the US emerges from a year of lockdowns and social distancing sparked by the coronavirus pandemics.

Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut said: “This is the moment to make our stand. NOW.” A shooter killed 26 people at an elementary school in 2012 in the state.

A male suspect was arrested at the scene. Police did not name the suspect yet or describe a motive of the suspect in a news conference Monday night.

Boulder county district attorney Michael Dougherty said in a news conference: “This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder county, and in response, we have cooperation and assistance from local, state and federal authorities.”

The Colorado mass shooting brought the week’s death toll from such incidents to 18, after a gunman killed eight people at three Atlanta-area spas last Tuesday. Six of the victims were Asian American women, and that attack produced a national demand for reckoning with violence and discrimination directed at Asian Americans.

While racist scapegoating by former president Donald Trump and others sparked thousands of attacks against Asian Americans during America’s coronavirus pandemic year, 2020 was an unusually quiet one for mass public shootings.

You may read: 10 people killed in Colorado supermarket shooting