Barack Obama has released a pignant statement following the Boulder grocery store shooting after many have called for stricter gun laws here in the U.S...
And people think it should have been done a long time ago.
Scroll on to see what he had to say...
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 the race of the shooter.
People on Twitter were quick to jump to the conclusion that the man responsible for the attack was white...
It’s almost like they wanted the shooter in Boulder, Colorado to be a White Supremacist.— Shekinah (@realshekinahh) March 23, 2021
Mainly due to the fact that he was "still alive" following his arrest, a not-so-subtle nod at the issue surrounding racially-motivated police brutality in this country.
So, when Alissa was identified and confirmed to be of Syrian descent, these people were quick to do some backtracking.
But now, Obama has spoken out saying the recent killings are being driven by "disaffection, racism, and misogyny."
And people are in full support of his latest statement...
Enough is enough.— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) March 23, 2021
Thank you for your words Mr. President.
Congress must eliminate the filibuster & enact common-sense gun reforms.— Bobak K. Persis (@BobPersis) March 23, 2021
Inaction on gun control is an abject moral failure.
Again, if the GOP thinks it's all mental health and not guns, put up a bill with mental health coverage for all Americans.— Devin Duke (@sirDukeDevin) March 23, 2021
Yes. All too familiar here in Colorado. We need policy change and mental health help and improvements across the board. Thank you sir.— Amanda Hong (@ada_hong) March 23, 2021
Thank you for speaking out and for your empathy. We so cherish the great things that you have done for this nation to make it a better place to live.— 👀 (@ahmmedelkady) March 23, 2021
Amazing. Gave me the chills. Thank you.— Meoverhere (@chad_heikkinen) March 23, 2021
one can only hope that everyone and more so those with leadership responsibilities are listening. #TimeToAct— SafeSchoolsKE (@safe_schoolske) March 23, 2021
Thank you for speaking up Mr. President Obama. It is time for a Gun Reform. It's long overdue.— Daniel Pineda _/ (@danielhp_978) March 23, 2021
Authorities have not alleged a motive for suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa...
But his brother told the Daily Beast he was "very anti-social" and suffered from paranoia.
Obama linked mass shootings to discrimination in his latest message posted to Twitter...
A once-in-a-century pandemic cannot be the only thing that slows mass shootings in this country. It’s time for leaders everywhere to listen to the American people when they say enough is enough. pic.twitter.com/7MEJ87Is3E— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 23, 2021
"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," Obama said.
"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. A once-in-a-century pandemic cannot be the only thing that slows mass shootings in this country."