Justice

Biden calls on Senate to act on background checks after mass shooting in Colorado

BY: - March 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket. “This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is an American issue.” Biden’s remarks […]

COMMENTARY

Blame for Boulder

BY: - March 23, 2021

Less than two weeks ago, a district judge in Boulder struck down the city’s ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The ban, adopted by the City Council in 2018, was a rare point of optimism for Coloradans who believe American gun laws express a form of civic insanity and who live in a state […]

Tearful tributes to victims lost in Boulder shooting heard at Colorado Capitol

BY: - March 23, 2021

The day after a gunman opened fire at a Boulder grocery store, killing 10 people including one police officer, state lawmakers spent their morning at the Capitol honoring those lost and calling for action. “By all accounts, Officer Eric Talley and all of our first responders were heroic yesterday,” state Rep. Judy Amabile, a Democrat […]

Boulder suspect bought assault weapon six days before shooting

BY: - March 23, 2021

The suspect charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder following Monday’s mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers had purchased an assault-style weapon just six days earlier, police said in an arrest affidavit Tuesday. “Using law enforcement databases, investigators determined that (the suspect) had purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol on March 16, 2021,” states the […]

Victims, suspect identified in Boulder mass shooting

BY: - March 23, 2021

Law enforcement officials on Tuesday morning released the identities of the 10 people killed in Monday’s mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers, along with the name of the suspect, as state and local leaders sought to comfort the community after Colorado’s latest high-profile incident of deadly gun violence. “It has been a devastating 24 […]

At least 10 killed in mass shooting at Boulder King Soopers; suspect in custody

BY: - March 22, 2021

At least 10 people, including a police officer, are dead after a gunman opened fire at a Boulder grocery store on Monday, officials said in a press conference shortly before 8:30 p.m. Police have a suspect in custody and say that there is no ongoing threat to the public. “Our hearts in this community go […]

Growing number of cities weigh tribal ‘land acknowledgements’

BY: - March 19, 2021

“Growing number of cities weigh tribal ‘land acknowledgements’” first appeared in Stateline at pewtrusts.org. Doreen Garlid, a first-term city council member in Tempe, Arizona, pinched her leg under the table to keep from weeping as she read a Jan. 14 resolution into the record. The unusual resolution, popularly known as a land acknowledgement, declared that […]

New attempt in Congress to help Dreamers runs into familiar obstacles

BY: - March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Legislation creating a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the United States as children faces a new border crisis and old partisan objections, diminishing the chances it will become law despite full Democratic control of Congress and the White House. On Thursday, the U.S. House is poised to pass the American […]

Colorado lawmakers hope to curb discrimination for LGBTQ youth in the foster care system

BY: - March 17, 2021

Colorado state lawmakers gave a signal of approval on Wednesday for a bill that would prohibit adoption agencies and foster youth service providers from discriminating against LGBTQ youth or prospective adoptive or foster parents. “No prospective parent should ever be denied the right to start a family, and no young person in Colorado should ever […]

Captain sues Colorado National Guard’s top brass over First Amendment right to protest

BY: - March 17, 2021

On May 30, Alan Kennedy, a captain in the Colorado National Guard, joined thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters in Denver to speak out against police violence and racial injustice. Like other peaceful protesters, he said, he was tear-gassed by police. His commander, Maj. Richard Sandrock, said he was concerned Kennedy attended the protest. It […]

Spa shooter’s motive in question as Georgia lawmakers console Asian Americans

BY: - March 17, 2021

Investigators say it is too soon for them to say whether the shootings at metro Atlanta massage parlors that have shocked the nation were racially motivated. The suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Georgia, has told investigators that he killed eight people — mostly women of Asian descent — because he has a sexual […]

U.S. Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general

BY: - March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Wednesday confirmed Merrick Garland to serve as U.S. attorney general in a 70-30 vote. Colorado Sens. Micheal Bennet and John Hickenlooper, both Democrats, voted in favor of the nomination. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced his nomination in a 15-7 vote. Garland served as a judge on the U.S. […]