Beyond the dome

This week in Beyond the Dome, news contributor Sam Chapman breaks down some of the biggest news stories for this week. Chapman discusses the shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., and the rise in COVID-19 cases across 21 states.

(Graphic by Lauren Schifley)

Shooting in Boulder leaves 10 dead

By Sam Chapman

10 people were killed in Boulder, Colo. during a shooting at a grocery store March 23.

Included among the victims are a police officer, a manager of the supermarket, and eight civilians.

21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa carried an AR-15 and opened fire on the store with no known motive. He was later taken to the hospital for a leg wound which resulted from gunfire with the police.

This comes after another shooting exactly one week prior in Atlanta, Ga., which claimed the lives of 8 victims. The massacres in Boulder and Atlanta are among 102 in 2021 alone and have caused an eruption of calls for stricter gun control laws. 

On March 16, following the Atlanta shooting, President Joe Biden addressed the nation and made a point of calling for stricter gun laws in the United States. 

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future. And I encourage my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said in a speech this past Tuesday. 

In an interview with CNN, victim Suzanne Fountain’s friend Helen Forster described her reaction to the tragic shooting: she said, “I think we’re still a little bit in shock, and we’re stunned. And I think we just have to take one day at a time and remember what she did for all of us.”

COVID-19 numbers increase despite vaccinations

As vaccinations are being distributed in the millions each day, COVID-19 cases have increased in 21 states this week. 

Adjacent states Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut are just a few of many states seeing an increase in cases, despite an increase in vaccinations. 

In several states, cases are plateauing while maintaining restrictions. In Texas, however, cases decreased even with Gov. Greg Abbott’s sharp reversal of all restrictions. Despite this, Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci continues to issue warnings for premature reopenings and revoked restrictions. On the effectiveness of wearing masks, Fauci said that “masks are not theater.”

On CBS This Morning, Fauci said, “Individuals who are infected — and particularly the elderly individuals greater than 65 — have a high incidence of getting reinfected.” 

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