Recent Shootings Lead to Large Call for Action

Jordan Bivins

On March 16, 2021, eight individuals were killed in an Atlanta shooting. On March 22, a shooter came to a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado and killed 10 victims. The recent shootings have triggered a major response from the country as calls for gun control in Colorado, Atlanta and all around the country have been heard. After the devastating shooting in both places, many have come to their last line and are done with how easy it is to get a gun. Government officials such as Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden, both urged Congress to pass laws on guns to try and further prevent these terrible events. Family and friends of the victims have come out also calling for stricter gun restrictions. Even the Mayor of Boulder says that a ban on assault weapons would help. He said, “I totally support [a ban] and I think it could have helped absolutely. I mean, one half of the problem that led to the events of March 22 is that the availability of assault style weapons is too high,” he also said “I do not think that protecting killing machines in the hands of Americans was what the Second Amendment was intended for.”

Yesterday, March 24, Vice President Harris spoke to the public addressing American citizens and specifically Congress. “It is time for Congress to act and stop with the false choices. This is not about getting rid of the Second Amendment. It’s simply about saying we need reasonable gun safety laws,” Harris said. She also spoke about previous shooting such as Sandy Hook “How, when 20, 6- and 7-year-old babies were slaughtered, and they did not act.” 

Many are also calling for action in stopping hate crimes against the Asian- American community. The shooting in Atlanta occurred in a spa where six of the eight victims were from the Asian American community. On Friday, March 19, President Biden visited Atlanta and spoke about these horrible crimes. “They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed. They’ve been verbally assaulted, physically assaulted, killed,” Biden said. “Because our silence is complicity. We cannot be complicit,” he said. “We have to speak out. We have to act.” It is important to our country and the world that the discrimination, assault and murder of the Asian community ends. The racism in America is prevalent and horrible and it cannot go on any longer. There is a lot of progress that our country has but one thing is sure we must stop Asian hate and racism in this country.