The devastating Boulder shooting has shaken the world - and comments by Senator John Kennedy have not sat well with Stephen Colbert.
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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.
As the country continues to come to terms with what happened, heartbreaking new details have been emerging.
It was quickly confirmed that the responding police officer on the scene, Officer Eric Talley, died in the line of duty.
Officer Talley, fifty-one, was the first officer to respond to reports of an armed man inside the grocery store...
But, sadly, it's where the father of 7 died after actions that were described as "heroic" by officials.
He had arrived on the scene just minutes after the first 911 calls came in reporting shots fired.
"I have to tell you the heroic action of this officer when he responded to the scene," Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said, adding that Talley responded after "a phone call about a possible person with a patrol rifle."
"Officer Talley responded to the scene, was first on the scene, and he was fatally shot," Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold confirmed.
Since the news of his death was announced, Talley has been remembered as "one of the outstanding officers" by the county's district attorney.
He had been a member of the force since 2010, according to Herold.
Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley was 51. He served for 10 years with the department. Talley was the first officer at the scene of the King Soopers mass shooting in Colorado and is being hailed as a hero for rushing into the grocery store: https://t.co/3FUePCyz02 pic.twitter.com/oxYxeFxklX— Tom Cleary (@tomwcleary) March 23, 2021
"It didn't surprise me he was the first one there," Talley's father, Homer Talley, told CNN affiliate KUSA of his son's heroic actions.
He described him as a prankster with a "great sense of humor."
He is survived by his wife and 7 children, the oldest of whom is twenty, according to his father.
Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar. pic.twitter.com/tgt2DxPsqz— Kirstin (@Roozersmom) March 23, 2021
"He loved his family more than anything."
But following the tragedy, not everyone has been respectful.
And comments by Senator John Kennedy have not sat well - particularly with Stephen Colbert.
Stephen Colbert has hit back at claims made by Senator John Kennedy.
"We have a lot of drunk drivers in America that kill a lot of people, we ought to try to combat that too," Kennedy said at the a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun control. "The answer is not to get rid of all sober drivers. The answer is to concentrate on the problem."
"Okay, I'll take that deal," Colbert responded.
"Let's regulate guns the way we regulate alcohol and cars. You got to be 21, got to pass a test to get a license, you got to have registration and insurance for your gun. If you move to a new state, you got to do the whole damn thing over again, and you can't go out loaded."
"I don't believe we have a gun control problem in America," Kennedy said, "I believe we have an idiot control problem."
"Oh, we definitely have an idiot control problem," Colbert hit back. "It's people who don't recognize that this country has long had a gun problem, John Kennedy!"
"So, when idiots like John Kennedy refuse to do anything about getting rid of idiots' guns..."
"It's clearly time to get rid of idiots like John Kennedy, and that means voting them out."