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Former President Barack Obama wasted little time politicizing the tragedy of the Boulder, Colorado shooting that took place at the King Sooper supermarket.
The shooting took place on Monday and left 10 people dead, including a police officer.
Obama released a statement claiming the recent killings are being driven by “disaffection, racism, and misogyny” — despite Colorado officials identifying the gunman as a Syrian-born immigrant.
Authorities have not alleged a motive for suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, but his brother told the Daily Beast he was “very anti-social” and suffered from paranoia and possible mental illness.
Obama linked mass shootings to discrimination and called for new gun control laws after the Colorado shooting on Monday and the murder of eight last week at massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia.
In his full Facebook post, Obama wrote:
Michelle and I grieve with the families of the victims of the shooting in Boulder, just as we grieve with the families of the people killed in Atlanta and everyone else who has lost a loved one to gun violence.
We are also grateful for the courage of Officer Eric Talley, who ran into danger to protect others, and we hope his memory and the memory of all those we’ve lost will not be in vain. Because in addition to grief, we are also feeling a deep, familiar outrage that we as a nation continue to tolerate these kinds of random, senseless acts day in and day out without taking any significant action—an outrage that people in Colorado have known far too often over the years.
In so many ways, our lives may soon start to return to normal after a long, difficult year filled with so much loss. But in a normal life, we should be able to buy groceries without fear. We should be able to go to school, or go out with our friends, or worship together without mentally planning our escape if someone shows up with a gun. We should be able to live our lives without wondering if the next trip outside our home could be our last.
We should. But in America, we can’t.
It is long past time for those with the power to fight this epidemic of gun violence to do so. It will take time to root out the disaffection, racism and misogyny that fuels so many of these senseless acts of violence. But we can make it harder for those with hate in their hearts to buy weapons of war. We can overcome opposition by cowardly politicians and the pressure of a gun lobby that opposes any limit on the ability of anyone to assemble an arsenal. We can, and we must.
A once-in-a-century pandemic cannot be the only thing that slows mass shootings in this country. We shouldn’t have to choose between one type of tragedy and another. It’s time for leaders everywhere to listen to the American people when they say enough is enough—because this is a normal we can no longer afford.
Joe Biden also quickly politicized the tragic shooting in Colorado.
Biden called for the passing of more gun laws and an assault weapons ban.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future,” he said in remarks from the White House,” he said to reporters at the White House.