It was with immense sorrow that we awoke on Monday, March 22, to the horrific and senseless killing of 10 innocent people at the King Soopers Supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut extends its deepest condolences to the victims’ families who have suffered incomprehensible loss. There is no justification for the taking of lives, and our prayers are for the victims and their families in this tragic time.
The shooter was a 21-year-old college student who was able to purchase an AR-15 style assault weapon a few days before he killed 10 people. Had he been thoroughly and properly vetted with an expanded background check and a waiting period, this tragedy may very well have been averted. Gun violence is an epidemic in the United States, and we, as a nation, must address gun control. The slaughter must stop. Everyone has the right to a safe and secure environment.