Not a Shocker: Site of Colorado Shoot-Out is a ‘Gun-Free Zone’

A heavily armed society is an extremely polite society…

It’s a reasonable assumption that when Syrian-born 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa went on his shooting spree both in the parking lot as well as within Boulder, Colorado’s King Sooper grocery store (a Kroger affiliate), he knew damn good and well that King Sooper was a gun-free zone.

When police finally captured the shooter alive, nine innocent civilians and one responding police officer were now dead.

But what’s being widely ignored is that not just this particular store, but every single King Sooper and City Market stores would forever be open carry “gun-free zones.”

As reported by the Denver Post from 2019 (emphasis mine);

Customers who shop at Colorado’s 148 King Soopers and City Market stores are being asked to “no longer openly carry firearms” into the stores, echoing a move made by retail rival Walmart a day earlier.

In its announcement, Cincinnati-based Kroger, the parent company of King Soopers and City Market, said its request applies to anybody who shops in its stores with the exception of law enforcement officers.

“Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our associates and customers,” Kelli McGannon, a King Soopers spokeswoman, said Wednesday.

King Soopers, in its statement, said it is “joining those encouraging our elected leaders to pass laws that will strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence.”

Yeah, I’m sure that “gun-free zone” sign stopped Alissa.

As for me, there’s a reason why I carry at least one of my legally owned firearms with me at all times.

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