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This was supposed to be a year of change. The Colorado and Georgia shootings prove otherwise

The reality that many states don't already require background checks upon purchasing a firearm is astounding to me.

This was supposed to be a year of change. The Colorado and Georgia shootings prove otherwise

People reflect as they pay their respects on March 23, 2021 to the ten victims of a mass shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado

(Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP) (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)

As the world watched Joe Biden being sworn in during his presidential inauguration on January 20, a sense of hope washed over America. For the first time in four years, it felt as if our country was in good hands, and everything would be alright. Flash forward a month later, and it seems that comforting sense of optimism has slowly begun to erode. The reason being the string of mass shootings occurring within the U.S., some of which were reportedly linked to anti-Asian hate crimes.

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