29 Mar All options on the table
Boulder is a community changed. The pain from this tragedy touches each of us in different ways. It’s okay be sad, to be anxious, to be angry. One week later, I’m still feeling all of it.
As we honor the victims of this tragedy and process this unique pain, there are ways to help and be helped. Below are mental health resources for those struggling with the events of the King Soopers shooting, and community funds to support the families of the ten lives we lost:
Mental Health Support:
- You can call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
- If you are in crisis, call the crisis hotline at 1-844-493-8255, text TALK to 38255 or go directly to Mental Health Partners walk in center at 3180 Airport Road, Boulder.
- The Boulder Valley School District’s trauma response team is supporting district students impacted. To receive support, fill out this form.
- Tips for talking to children about violence can be found here.
What’s Next: All Options on the Table
Now, my colleagues and I need to lead. We need to have the hard conversations about what we can do to keep our communities safe. Last week, Senator Michael Bennet called on his colleagues to have an ounce of courage as they respond to this tragedy. I believe in my colleagues’ ability to have much more than an ounce of courage. At the state level, we are committed to having those hard conversations and doing everything we can to prevent the next tragedy like this one.
All options remain on the table, and I’ve been looking into the possibilities for the most aggressive, effective action, including banning certain weapons, prohibiting those with a violent past from obtaining guns, increased mental health investments, and repealing the state preemption on local gun laws.
While there isn’t any one policy solution to prevent all tragedies like this one, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pursue every possible option. Our neighbors’ lives depend on it.
In addition to policy at the state level, I urge the President and Congress to take swift action. A patchwork of state laws can only do so much. Our most effective solutions require federal action.
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Boulder has had an impossibly tough week, and there will be many tough weeks to come. I’m so proud of how our community has come together to honor the victims of this tragedy, support their families and one another, and begin the long process of healing.
I’m recommitting myself in service to Boulder, and to Colorado. We can’t let this be yet another shooting where move on without taking action. I won’t let it be.