What the NRA Said after the Boulder Shooting

The National Rifle Association (NRA) responded to the mass shooting that left 10 people dead in Boulder, Colorado, by quoting the Second Amendment.

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed," the NRA wrote on its official Twitter account, quoting the Amendment as a caption to a picture of the Bill of Rights.

The post came just hours after 10 people, including a police officers, were killed during a shooting at a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder—a city located approximately 25 miles northwest of Denver and the home of the University of Colorado—on Monday afternoon.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. pic.twitter.com/eFBP2PTTUu

— NRA (@NRA) March 23, 2021

"This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder County," Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty told The Associated Press.

"These were people going about their day, doing their shopping. I promise the victims and the people of the state of Colorado that we will secure justice.

Speaking at a press conference, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said the suspected shooter had been apprehended. She also confirmed Officer Eric Talley, who was 51 and had served with the local police force for over a decade, had lost his life.

Boulder Police responded to calls about a shooter carrying a "patrol rifle" at approximately 2:30 p.m. MT (4:30 p.m. ET). According to CNN, the shooter used a weapon similar to the AR-15 rifle.

Only last week, the NRA had celebrated the decision by a Colorado judge to block Boulder from implementing its ban on possessing and transferring "assault weapons" and ten-round magazines.

On March 12, Boulder County District Court Judge Andrew Hartman ruled the ban—which the city had looked to enact in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018—violated a Colorado state law from 2003 prohibiting municipalities from enacting their own firearms regulations.

In a post on its website, the NRA's Institute for Legal Action said the decision had given "law-abiding gun owners something to celebrate" and indicated the ruling could set an important precedent.

"While the holding only applies to the Boulder ordinances, the principles behind the ruling will apply to other localities who are considering passing any similar counterproductive ordinances," the statement read.

Monday's shooting prompted renewed calls for gun control.

"It doesn't have to be this way," Joe Neguse (D-Colo) said in a statement.

"There are steps we can take—and must take—to protect our community; common-sense, broadly supported proposals that will save lives.

"If we are truly invested in saving lives, then we must have the willpower to act and to pass meaningful gun reform. The time for inaction is over."

His message was echoed by several Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

Colorado is currently rated a "C+" on the Annual Gun Law Scorecard from the Giffords Law Center and ranks 15th in terms of gun laws strength.

According to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University, there have been seven mass killings in the U.S. in the first three months of 2021 alone.

The shooting in boulder came a week after an attack had left eight people dead in Atlanta on March 16.

Boulder shooting
Smashed windows are left at the scene after a gunman opened fire at a King Sooper's grocery store on March 22 in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people, including a police officer, were killed in the attack. Chet Strange/Getty Images