There was another mass shooting in the United States yesterday. In Boulder, Colorado, a man opened fire in a grocery store. Ten people, who were doing the simple act of grocery shopping, were killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
As usual, there are two distinct responses. The first is grief and anger. The second is a line that has become synonymous with these kinds of heinous acts: “thoughts and prayers”. GOP Rep Lauren Boebert, who is the House Representative for the city, stated the following via her Twitter account:
My prayers are with the shoppers, employees, first responders & others affected by the shooting in Boulder. May God be with them. While we are still awaiting important information and details in this case, random public shootings & senseless acts of violence are never ok.
As far as I am concerned, she can shove those “thoughts and prayers” where the sun doesn’t shine. What bothers me above all else is that these people are her constituents. They voted for her. And how does she respond in their hour of need? The same empty statement used by many members of the GOP who seem to care only about their careers and the wealthy donors who finance said careers.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again. We need sensible gun laws that are applicable national wide. We need to protect our communities and our children while respecting the rights of gun owners who follow the law. Until that day comes, this vicious and bloody cycle will begin again as if nothing had happened.