Messenger: From Atlanta to Boulder, gun rights eclipse all others

Messenger: From Atlanta to Boulder, gun rights eclipse all others

People are led out of a King Soopers grocery store after a shooting in the store, Monday, March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (Hart Van Denburg/Colorado Public Radio via AP) The St. Charles County Republican, a self-described member of the “conservative caucus” in the Missouri Legislature, was testifying in the House on Monday for his bill. It’s a bad bill, one that seeks to punish those who decry police brutality. The bill would criminalize the very act of exercising one’s First Amendment rights, but never mind that for a moment. Focus on what Eigel said: “There is no right that you or I have that can come at the expense of the physical safety of our fellow citizens,” Eigel said . A few hours after Eigel spoke those words, an armed gunman walked into a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, and killed 10 people, including a police officer. The country’s latest mass shooting came just days after another gunman went on a killing spree in Atlanta, killing eight Asian American women. The #StopAsianHate hashtag was less than a week old before a weary nation turned back west, to the state that has a long record of mass shootings, from Columbine to the Aurora movie theater, and now, a Boulder grocery store. Every mass shooting has its own motivations — mental health problems, hate, bigotry, domestic violence — but all share a common thread: the nation’s obsession with guns. The truth about Eigel’s statement is that it should apply to […]

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