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Days Before Boulder Shooting, NRA Celebrated Defeat of City’s Assault Weapons Ban

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A Colorado State Police officer salutes as a procession carrying the body of a fellow officer leaves King Soopers grocery store where a gunman opened fire on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people, including the police officer, were killed in the attack. Gun control advocates are calling for tighter gun restrictions.
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In a statement on the judge’s decision on behalf of the gun control group Colorado Ceasefire, Tom Mauser, the father of a Columbine shooting victim, said: “This is a bitter disappointment. Assault weapons have been the source of horrendous tragedies here in Colorado and across the nation. Clearly the people of Boulder do not want these weapons of war in their city.”

A year after the 1999 Columbine shooting, Colorado’s then-Republican legislature shielded gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In 2013, the Democratic legislature and then-Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper backed modest gun control reforms designed to better regulate firearms in the state. Pro-gun groups promptly mounted successful recall campaigns against Colorado lawmakers who backed the measures.

As news of Monday’s shooting in Boulder was being reported, the NRA tweeted out the text of the Second Amendment.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. pic.twitter.com/eFBP2PTTUu

— NRA (@NRA) March 23, 2021

Meanwhile, witnesses described their fear and sadness about the normalization of gun violence.

“It seemed like all of us had imagined we’d be in a situation like this at some point in our lives,” one person who was inside the supermarket told the Denver Post.

Another witness told KDVR: “People my age, in my generation, are used to this.”

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