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Colorado’s John Hickenlooper Demands Federal Action on Guns ‘Now’ After Boulder Shooting

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Democratic Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper has called for urgent federal action to tackle gun violence following Monday’s fatal shooting in Boulder.

The shooting left 10 people dead, including Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley.

After the 10 deaths were confirmed, Hickenlooper wrote on Twitter: “They were just grocery shopping.

“I can’t imagine what the families of these Coloradans are experiencing. My heart goes out to them.

“We don’t know all the details yet, but we DO know our country has a horrific problem with gun violence. We need federal action. Now.”

They were just grocery shopping.

I can’t imagine what the families of these Coloradans are experiencing. My heart goes out to them.

We don’t know all the details yet, but we DO know our country has a horrific problem with gun violence. We need federal action. Now. https://t.co/FzgEolgcD3

— Senator John Hickenlooper (@SenatorHick) March 23, 2021

In a separate statement, Hickenlooper wrote: “Our state grieves tonight as we mourn ten more Coloradans senselessly killed by gun violence—including police officer Eric Talley. Our thoughts are with the victims’ loved ones, and we are grateful to the frontline workers and first responders whose bravery saved lives.

“We all share Boulder’s pain – pain that hits home. Columbine, Arapahoe, Platte Canyon, STEM School Highlands Ranch, Planned Parenthood, Aurora – and now Boulder. More needs to be done to prevent dangerous weapons from falling into the wrong hands. Enough is enough.”

On Hickenlooper’s campaign website from 2020, a page titled “Gun Violence Prevention” outlines reforms he wants to be put in place.

These include ensuring background checks for all gun sales and restoring a ban on assault weapons. He outlined his desire to “fight for comprehensive, common-sense policies to tackle gun violence.”

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