Colorado Shooting Highlights Need for Stronger Gun Laws

Colorado Shooting Highlights Need for Stronger Gun Laws

Starr Samkus, a King Soopers employee, cries in front of King Soopers on March 23, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. Samkus knew three of the victims who were killed in the mass shooting. A mass shooting at a birthday party in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has renewed calls for increased regulation on firearms as national gun violence prevention measures remain at an impasse. There have been 194 mass shootings in the first eighteen weeks of the year. The shooting occurred at the Canterbury Mobile Home Community just after dusk on Sunday, May 10. Police say the twenty-eight-year-old gunman opened fire on six party guests before taking his own life. The suspected motive for the shooting is that the gunman was not invited to the party, possibly because of an altercation between the gunman and his girlfriend’s mother the week before. This tragic mass killing was just a speck of the violence the country saw over Mother’s Day weekend. According to the Gun Violence Archive , there were more than 260 shootings in thirty-seven states that weekend. Taken together, the shootings resulted in ninety-four deaths and 236 injuries. Similarly, a report by NPR found that there have been 194 mass shootings in the first eighteen weeks of the year. That total makes for a weekly average of ten shootings, meaning at least thirty people die each week due to gun violence. For gun violence survivors like Maisha Fields, whose brother was murdered alongside his fiancé in 2005, the violence is a constant […]

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