Former President Barack Obama released a statement on Tuesday after a mass shooter killed 10 people at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado — which marks the second mass shooting in the country in less than a week.
“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,” the former president said in a statement. “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.”
Obama went on to argue that Americans should be able to go shopping “without wondering if the next trip outside our home could be our last.”
“We should. But in America, we can’t,” he said. “It is long past time for those with the power to fight this epidemic of gun violence to do so.”
Obama went on to call out the “cowardly politicians” who are unwilling to stand up to gun lobbyists.
“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.”
You can read the full statement below:
Michelle and I grieve with the families of the victims of the shooting in Boulder, just as we grieve with the families…