Remember the entire nearly fast cries of shock and horror that adopted information of the shooting in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store on Monday? It wasn’t due to the bloodshed. It was as a result of the town’s unlawful “assault weapons” ban legislation had been struck down solely days earlier than Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa walked right into a Boulder King Soopers retailer and murdered 10 folks.
If solely that fully affordable piece of widespread sense gun management had nonetheless been in place, this by no means would have occurred!
That was the declare made by the willfully ignorant Subaru-driving, double-mask carrying Twitterati who couldn’t wait to level the finger of blame on the Second Amendment, the NRA, white supremacy, the patriarchy…take your choose.
Boulder, Colorado handed an assault weapons ban in 2018.
The NRA sued the town and a choose struck down the ban 10 DAYS GO.
The Boulder shooter purchased the gun 6 DAYS earlier than the shooting.
These deaths have been the direct results of the NRA’s intervention.
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) March 23, 2021
TTAG readers, then again, understood that it doesn’t matter what legal guidelines have been on the books, nothing would have stopped Alissa from killing folks if that’s what he was set on do.
Now, investigators have let it’s recognized that Alissa, who was previously known to the FBI, purchased the firearm he used legally, after passing the requisite background verify, at a gun retailer not removed from his residence in close by Arvada, Colorado.
In different phrases, even when Boulder’s state preemption law-defying “assault weapons” ban had nonetheless been on the books Monday, Alissa would have been simply capable of purchase the gun simply as he had and convey it into Boulder in an effort to commit homicide. Literally nothing in regards to the metropolis’s legislation would have stopped the killer from driving the AR pistol into the town in an effort to kill harmless those who day.
On a related observe, the town of Boulder nonetheless has a legislation on the books outlawing homicide, but Alissa ignored that one, too.
Here’s the Associated Press’s report . . .
The suspect within the Colorado grocery store shootings purchased a firearm at a neighborhood gun retailer after passing a background verify, and he additionally had a second weapon with him that he didn’t use within the assault that killed 10 folks this week, authorities and the gun retailer proprietor mentioned Friday.
Investigators are working to find out the motive for the shooting, however they don’t know but why the suspect selected the shop in Boulder or what led him to hold out the rampage, Police Chief Maris Herold mentioned at a information convention.
“Like the rest of the community, we too want to know why — why that King Soopers, why Boulder, why Monday,” Herold mentioned. “Unfortunately, at this time, we still don’t have those answers.”
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty mentioned the fast response by officers stored others inside the shop out of hazard, however he declined to say how many individuals have been there.
Investigators have an concept of what number of pictures have been fired within the gunbattle between officers and the suspect, however aren’t revealing it but, Dougherty mentioned. The officer who was the primary on scene was killed.
“Their actions saved other civilians from being killed,” Dougherty mentioned in regards to the officers. “They charged into the store and immediately faced a very significant amount of gunfire from the shooter, who at first they were unable to locate.”
More costs will probably be filed towards the suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, within the coming weeks in reference to the pictures fired at officers, Dougherty mentioned.
John Mark Eagleton, proprietor of Eagles Nest Armory within the Denver suburb of Arvada, mentioned in a press release that his retailer was cooperating with authorities as they examine. The suspect handed a background verify carried out by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation earlier than buying a gun, Eagleton mentioned.
Authorities beforehand mentioned Alissa bought a AR-15-style gun on on March 16, six days earlier than utilizing it within the shooting. The different weapon the attacker had was a 9 mm handgun.
“We are absolutely shocked by what happened and our hearts are broken for the victims and families that are left behind. Ensuring every sale that occurs at our shop is lawful, has always been and will always remain the highest priority for our business,” Eagleton mentioned within the assertion.
Alissa was convicted in 2018 of misdemeanor assault after he knocked a fellow highschool pupil to the ground, climbed on high of him and punched him within the head a number of occasions, in accordance with police paperwork. He was sentenced to probation and neighborhood service.
Colorado has a common background verify legislation masking nearly all gun gross sales, however misdemeanor convictions typically don’t forestall folks from buying weapons. If Alissa had been convicted of a felony, his gun buy would have been prohibited below federal legislation.
An arrest affidavit mentioned Alissa purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol, which resembles an AR-15 rifle with a barely shorter inventory.
Alissa, who lived in Arvada, was born in Syria in 1999, got here to the U.S. as a toddler and later turned a U.S. citizen, in accordance with two legislation enforcement officers. He would must be a citizen to purchase a gun. The officers weren’t licensed to talk publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on situation of anonymity.
Dougherty, the district legal professional, mentioned Friday that the FBI and different companies have been wanting into the background of Alissa and the victims and didn’t but have data to share.
The AR-15-style gun was recovered contained in the grocery store and is believed to have been used within the assault, mentioned a legislation enforcement official briefed on the shooting who was not licensed to talk publicly and spoke to the AP on situation of anonymity.
Alissa made his first courtroom look Thursday, what place his public defender requested for the psychological well being analysis however supplied no particulars about Alissa’s psychological well being. He is charged with 10 counts of first-degree homicide and one rely of tried homicide over pictures fired at a police officer who was not damage.
Alissa entered courtroom in a wheelchair, presumably due to a gunshot wound to the leg he obtained within the gunbattle with police. He was final seen handcuffed and being led out of the grocery store by police Monday. He had eliminated all clothes besides his shorts earlier than being taken into custody, and his leg was bloody.
A rifle, a inexperienced tactical vest and a handgun have been recovered inside the shop, in accordance with the arrest affidavit.
Alissa was treated at a hospital earlier than police transferred him to jail. He has since been moved to a jail outdoors Boulder County as a result of security issues stemming from threats made towards him, county sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield mentioned in a press release Friday.
Alissa is jailed with out bail and has not entered a plea, which is able to come later. His subsequent courtroom listening to is not going to be scheduled for 2 to 3 months to permit his attorneys to judge his psychological state and proof collected by investigators.
Officer Eric Talley’s funeral has been scheduled for Tuesday within the metropolis of Lafayette. Talley, 51, who joined the Police Department in 2010, had seven kids.