Following the tragedy in Boulder, Colorado, news about the gun laws that allowed this to happen has shocked the world ...
Now, the country remains in a state of shock following Monday's horrifying mass shooting in Colorado.
Police responded to reports of an "active shooter" at the King Soopers grocery store just before 3 pm local time on Monday in Boulder.
Ten people, a responding police officer included, tragically lost their lives in the attack.
Twenty-one-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was identified by authorities yesterday as the gunman.
Boulder police chief, Maris Herold, announced the death toll at a news conference on Monday night...
Fighting back tears, Boulder police Chief Maris Herold announced that 10 people, including an officer in her department, had been killed in a shooting at a Colorado market. https://t.co/bICXWVZl2X pic.twitter.com/oR0zMqqfj8— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) March 23, 2021
And, visibly overcome with emotion, fought back tears as she spoke.
Many customers who were in the store witnessed the bloodshed...
And they have been speaking to numerous news outlets about the harrowing things they saw during that terrifying hour.
"We were at the checkout, and shots just started going off."
Sarah Moonshadow, forty-two, a customer and resident of Boulder, was in the store with her son, Nicholas, on Monday and recounted scenes of pandemonium as gunfire rang out.
"I said, 'Nicholas get down.' And Nicholas ducked. And we just started listening and there, just repetitive shots ... And I just said, 'Nicholas, run'," she told Reuters, as per The Guardian.
Another customer, Ryan Borowski, was inside the store when the shooting began.
He told CNN: "I saw terrified faces running towards me and that's when I turned and ran the other direction."
He said staff helped customers to exit from the back of the store but some people just froze on the spot: "We ran and I don't know why other people didn't and I am sorry that they froze and I just wish that this didn't happen – I wish I had an answer for why it did."
Alex Arellano, thirty-five, was working in the meat department at King Soopers when he heard gunshots and saw people running for the exit.
"I thought I was going to die," he told the New York Times, when he heard the shot getting closer, "I'm thinking of my parents, and I was freaking out."
He hid with 2 other men before escaping through a rear exit.
Yesterday, President Biden called for a nationwide ban on assault weapons, background check reforms, and changes to gun restrictions in his first meeting since the shooting.
"I don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take commonsense steps that will save lives in the future," he said in a statement.
But now, as the country continues to come to terms with what happened, there has been a different talking point entirely...
And that's gun laws surrounding the shooting.
According to reports, the gun used in the shooting would not have been allowed under a recently blocked gun law.
A judge blocked the ban just 6 days before the shooting.
Make sure to stay posted for updates on this story.