WASHINGTON, DC – President Joe Biden announced in a White House press briefing on March 23rd that he’s going to urge both members of the House and Senate to pass gun reform legislation that will ban “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines”.
This push by the president is coming in light of the recent mass shooting that transpired in Boulder, Colorado on March 22nd.
JUST IN. President Biden calls on Congress to tighten gun laws in wake of Colorado shooting that killed 10.
"As president I’m going to use all the resources at my disposal to keep people safe," the president says: @RebeccaShabad, @NBCNews https://t.co/W9ezoVBENe
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) March 23, 2021
Considering the events that transpired in Boulder, Colorado on March 22nd, it’s hardly surprising to see that the tragedy has swiftly reignited discussions about gun control legislation.
While the facts of the Boulder mass shooting are still being gathered, it’s without question at this point that 10 people were killed as a result of the mass shooting.
During the White House press briefing held on March 23rd, President Biden noted the following:
“As president I’m going to use all the resources at my disposal to keep the American people safe.”
President Biden continued from there, noting that while there isn’t much known about the Boulder incident, he can conclude that “10 lives were lost and that more families have been shattered by gun violence in the state of Colorado.”
President Biden calls on the Senate to "immediately pass" two recent House-passed bills that aim to reduce gun violence in wake of Colorado shooting that killed 10. https://t.co/dCVmFtedqn
— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) March 23, 2021
While acknowledging the tragedy that unfolded in Boulder, President Biden referred to Officer Eric Talley, the officer that was killed when responding to the mass shooting, as an “American hero”:
“Every time an officer walks out of his or her home, and pins that badge on, the family member they just said goodbye to wonders whether – subconsciously – whether they’ll get that call. That call that his wife got.”
“He thought he’d be coming home to his family and his seven children. But when the moment to act came, Officer Talley did not hesitate in his duty, making the ultimate sacrifice in his effort to save lives. That’s the definition of an American hero.”
Later on, during the press briefing, President Biden stated that now is the time to push forward with gun control legislation:
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future, and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act.”
“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. I got that done when I was a senator. It passed. It was the law for the longest time. And it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again.”
President Biden also used the press briefing to bring up how the “Charleston loophole” needs to be addressed in light of this recent shooting:
“We can close the loopholes in our background check systems – including the Charleston loophole. That’s one of the best tools we have right now to prevent gun violence.
There’s still a lot unknown and unreleased by officials regarding the Boulder incident, to include how the weapon used was acquired or what the model of the weapon used even was.
Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather details on potential gun reforms being entertained in light of the tragedy in Colorado.
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We at Law Enforcement Today recently shared a report of what is currently known about the Boulder incident.
Here’s that previous report from March 23rd.
BOULDER, CO – Officials have identified the victims killed in the mass shooting that occurred at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22nd. Among those killed was a was a Boulder Police officer who’d responded to the incident.
The identity of the suspected shooter has also been released by officials.
Boulder police identified the 10 people killed in Monday’s King Soopers shooting. They range from 20 to 65 years in age. The suspect was identified as a 21-year-old man from Arvada.
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) March 23, 2021
During the afternoon of March 22nd, a mass shooting occurred inside of the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder which resulted in 10 victims being killed. Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley was among the slain victims, having been the first officer to respond to the scene of the incident that day.
The 51-year-old officer had been with the Boulder Police Department since 2010. A procession of police and emergency vehicles escorted the fallen officer’s body the evening of the shooting.
Homer Talley, the fallen officer’s father, said that his son took his role as a police officer “very seriously”:
“He took his job as a police officer very seriously.”
Kristen Stillwell, Officer Talley’s sister, took to Twitter following the news of her brother’s passing, writing the following:
“Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar.”
Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar. pic.twitter.com/tgt2DxPsqz
— Kirstin (@Roozersmom) March 23, 2021
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty also commented on the loss of Officer Talley, saying the following:
“He was by all accounts one of the outstanding officers of the Boulder Police Department, and his life was cut far too short.”
The identities of the other nine victims killed in the mass shooting were identified as follows:
- 20-year-old Denny Strong
- 23-year-old Neven Stanisic
- 25-year-old Rikki Olds
- 49-year-old Tralona Bartkowiak
- 59-year-old Suzanne Fountain
- 51-year-old Teri Leiker
- 61-year-old Kevin Mahoney
- 62-year-old Lynn Murray
- 65-year-old Jody Waters
Boulder Police Department Chief Herold has also recently identified the alleged shooter behind the atrocity that unfolded in Boulder, saying the suspect in custody is 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa.
He’s been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and is currently being held at a local hospital due to a leg injury stemming from the shooting.
Officials say that the suspect will likely be moved to the Boulder County Jail at some point on March 23rd.
Investigators say that the alleged motive behind the shooting is unclear as of this time.
While the suspected shooter’s social media accounts have been taken down, some were able to get a glimpse and screenshots of his online postings before those social media accounts were deleted.
Ahmad al-Issa, the suspect in the #Boulder, Colo. mass shooting, has had his social media removed. What posts some manage to see & screenshot show he identified as a Muslim & had grievances against Trump, US refugee settlement & Islamophobia. https://t.co/Xa5omrbRY2
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) March 23, 2021
Reports indicate that the shooter was an alleged ISIS sympathizer who would share posts online over his disdain for “Islamophobia”, while also sharing posts of his strong anti-Trump sentiments.
More screenshots. pic.twitter.com/Ew8xOqZ9hb
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 23, 2021
According to a post from Jack Posobiec, President Joe Biden has been briefed on details about the alleged shooter behind the attack:
“BREAKING: Biden has been briefed the Colorado shooter had ISIS sympathies, per [White House] official.”
BREAKING: Biden has been briefed the Colorado shooter had ISIS sympathies, per WH official
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) March 23, 2021
In a report from The Daily Beast, the shooting suspect’s brother, 34-year-old Ali Aliwi Al-Issa, described his brother as someone who was irrationally paranoid and may have had issues with mental illness:
“When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, ‘People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me.’ She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head.”
Signs of this alleged paranoia are evidenced by some of the screenshots that were obtained from his social media profiles before they were deleted, such as one post where the suspect wrote that “racist islamophobic people” were “hacking” his phone in order to cause him grief.
This is a developing investigation.
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