The latest incidence of gun violence in our community is devastating. As a two-time graduate of CU Boulder, the city holds a special place for me, my family and our state. Thank you to the law enforcement and first responders during this crisis, and my deepest condolences go to the family and friends of the 10 victims and the entire Boulder community.
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Unfortunately thoughts and prayers aren't enough. Gun violence has impacted too many families and communities in Colorado. My friend, Congressman Joe Neguse, is right when he says, "it doesn't have to be this way." We can respect 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans AND work to make gun violence less easy, less frequent and less deadly. The Assault Weapons Ban Act of 2021 would ban the Ruger AR-556 pistol purchased by the gunman in the Boulder shooting. I have long supported reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban because these weapons have no place in civilian life. There's other policies to consider such as universal background checks, strengthening the NICS database, researching the causes of gun violence, banning bump stocks and other devices which enable semiautomatic assault rifles to function as fully automatic weapons, and expanding federal prohibitors related to mental health, substance abuse, history of violence, and other risk factors.
The point is we have to do something. In the U.S. House of Representatives we have done something, but too many Senators refuse to get something done. Enough is enough. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community. Inaction is not an option.
Please note, anyone with any information about the Boulder shooting should report it by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI or submitting it online at www.fbi.gov/bouldershooting.
This has been a tough week on the heels of a tough year for all Coloradans. Let's take care of ourselves and one another as we heal together.
If you or someone you know needs mental health services, call the Colorado Crisis Services hotline at 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 to speak with a trained counselor or professional.
High and moderate risk health care workers and first responders.
PK-12 educators and staff.
Child care workers in licensed child care facilities.
Frontline essential workers.*
In mid-April it is expected that the general public will be eligible to begin receiving their vaccine.
This week, Dick's Sporting Goods in Commerce City opened a mass vaccination site which will operate 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays by appointment and vaccine supply permitting. Those eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine under the state's phasing guidelines can go to www.centura.org/vaccine to register and schedule an appointment.
Click here for a list of other vaccine providers in Adams County and Jefferson County. As always, my office is here to help and answer questions at (303) 274-7944.
EIDL Program Update
The SBA recently announced it will increase the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Beginning the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.
Last week, I reintroduced my legislation to allow marijuana-related businesses in states with some form of legalized marijuana and strict regulatory structures to access the banking system.
Forty-seven states, four U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia – representing 97.7 % of the U.S. population – have legalized some form of recreational or medical marijuana, including CBD. Yet current law restricts legitimate licensed marijuana businesses from accessing banking services and products, such as depository and checking accounts, resulting in businesses operating in all cash. This is a serious public safety risk for our communities, inviting theft, robberies, burglaries, or worse, as Colorado saw with the murder of Travis Mason in June 2016 and Michael Arthur in Portland, Oregon in December 2020.