Early reports from witnesses of yesterday’s deadly shooting at a Boulder, Colorado supermarket reported seeing the suspect with an “AR-style” rifle. That has not yet been confirmed by police.
Just 10 days ago, a judge threw out the city of Boulder’s “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazine bans as they violated Colorado’s preemption law. So yesterday’s shooting has given gun control advocates another bloody shirt to wave in their never-ending fight to limit or eliminate the right to keep and bear arms.
Many are now drawing a straight line between the judge’s ruling and yesterday’s horrific events…as if the still un-named shooter, whatever his motivation, would have somehow obeyed Boulder’s “assault weapons” ban if it had still been on the books.
The day after [Boulder County District Judge Andrew] Hartman’s ruling, city officials instructed Boulder police to stop enforcing the ban. [Tom] Carr, the city attorney, declined to comment on whether he planned to appeal the decision.
But in the wake of the Boulder shooting, gun violence prevention advocates said the importance of preserving such a ban had only become more evident.
Colorado State Rep. Tom Sullivan (D), who ran for office after his son Alex was killed in the Aurora movie theater shooting, said he helped lobby the statehouse in Denver for background checks and magazine limits. Neither Congress nor the state legislature, he noted, had the political capital to go as far as Boulder City Council.
“The assault weapons put the ‘mass’ in the ‘shootings,’” he told The Post. “That’s what gets the numbers up. That’s what gets the assault weapons that were able to fire as many rounds as were fired … in the theater, in the schools, in Parkland.”
Boulder’s assault weapons ban, meant to stop mass shootings, was blocked 10 days before grocery store attack.