Holden James // BHS Maroon Tribune // Berthoud, CO // 03/26/2021
March 23rd, Boulder, Colorado A Gunman armed with an AR-15 opened fire on an unsuspecting grocery store crowd. The gunman killed 10 people, one being a police officer, Eric Talley. The gunman was later arrested on that Tuesday on 10 accounts of murder and is facing trial starting this Thursday (March 25) claiming insanity. The motives of the shooting have yet to be published except for the previously discussed insanity claim.
I have been to that King Soopers in Boulder multiple times, and the thought of me being there at the wrong place at the wrong time terrifies me. This is the 16th Colorado mass shooting, an unthinkable amount for a smaller state. According to Denver Post, “In the seven mass shootings, defined here as incidents in which four or more people were killed or wounded in a public space, since 1993, 47 people have died and 117 have been injured.”
It's important to remember this event, not for the gunman, but for the innocent victims. This is why the name of the gunman has not been mentioned, the gunman does not deserve the notoriety from his action.
So far the victims identified are Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65, all of them dead.
This being the 2nd mass shooting this week, due to the Atlanta massacre that happened on March 17th, the topic of gun control is once again being brought up and discussed in congress and on social media. The hashtag #BoulderStrong has been spreading through Instagram and Twitter following the shooting to show support to the victims.