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Month in Review | June 2022

Month in Review | June 2022


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  • The state legislature passed a law, SB21-256, permitting towns, cities and counties in Colorado to create their own gun regulations. On Tuesday, June 7: Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, and Boulder put in place a new ordinance making it so all assault weapons, large-capacity magazines, and rapid-fire trigger activators, are prohibited; and all four cities have raised the minimum age to purchase any firearm from 18 to 21.
  • The House on June 9 approved a “red flag” law which would allow families, police, and others to petition the state court to temporarily remove all firearms from a person who is deemed a high-risk threat to themselves or others. So far Colorado and 18 other states including the District of Columbia have enacted this law.
  • Avalanche V. Lightning, 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final kicked off this month and ended in a Colorado victory. High tension and heart-pounding anxiety filled fans going into game six with a 3-2 win/loss record. The final score was 2-1 and the Avalanche took home the Stanley Cup for the third time since coming to Colorado in 1995.
  • Yellowstone National Park suffered terrible damage when the 692 mile long Yellowstone River jumped 6ft. and flooded its banks—closing the park down on June 13. Although vast damage was done to the historic park, on June 22 a now reopened Yellowstone allowed an eager several miles long line of 5,000 cars to enter early that morning.
  • With inflation rising at record levels, manufacturers and consumers face rising costs across the nation, companies have been cutting costs by quietly shrinking packages, ”shrinkflation”—meaning less product, same price. This practice isn’t new by any means but it has been mushrooming worldwide as people try and find ways to cope with the increased cost of ingredients for packaging.
  • Last year, when president Biden declared Juneteenth a national holiday, it brought to life a cohesive gathering of people on Freedom Day eager to learn the holiday’s history. Festivals such as Five Points in Denver to the celebration of the holiday in the streets of downtown Erie with their first black mayor.
  • Covid-19 hospitalization reports in Colorado have reached the same level that they were during early March, 2022, which saw an increase from 270 cases on June 7 to 323 cases on June 14, 2022. On June 18, the U.S. rolled out Covid-19 vaccinations for children as young as six months in some locations after being given the green light by companies like Pfizer and Moderna. Although Colorado and the U.S. has seen a dramatic increase in infections—deaths from Covid were recorded at a rate close to the lowest of the pandemic. Over the weekend on June 18, the U.S. rolled out Covid-19 vaccinations for children as young as six months in some locations, including a Walgreens in South Carolina and another in N.Y., companies like Pfizer and Moderna have given the green light for the long awaited vaccines for children.
  • In the early morning hours on Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court reshaped U.S. politics as they have eliminated women’s Constitutional right to abortion; which will lead to bans on the procedure in about half of states nation wide. In 6-3 ruling, the Court ends a 50-year ruling of women abortion rights making this Supreme Court one of the most partisan in history. Many police departments across the country are preparing for the confused and angered reaction from people to Roe V. Wade overturn of which there has been no violence from protestors to date. President Biden called the court’s action the “realization of extreme ideology.”
  • Over the weekend on June 18, the U.S. rolled out Covid-19 vaccinations for children as young as six months in some locations, including a Walgreens in South Carolina and another in N.Y., companies like Pfizer and Moderna have given the green light for the long awaited vaccines for children.
  • Colorado Republican, Lauren Boebert, faces allegations that she inflated the mileage she logged on the campaign trail in 2020 and then used more than $20,000 of donor reimbursements to pay off her restaurant in Rifle, CO, and years of tax liens. Financial campaign inquiries are drawn out and conclusions are yet to yield until Colorado’s primary on June 28. (has anything come of the prostitution allegations?)
  • On June 20, President Biden proposed a gas tax holiday plea in an attempt to ease high fuel prices, as the dilemma around record-high inflation ensues, leaving the White House in a state of panic as they try to find a way to cope. The suspension of gas tax, which is currently 18.4 cents per gallon, would need action required by Congress.
  • Father’s Day evening, June 19, left terror in the streets as another all too familiar dreadful shooting occurred in East Harlem, N.Y.,  killing a Houston Baptist University basketball standout, Darius Lee—21-years-old—while eight others were wounded as people rushed from the area; the streets littered with red Solo cups as sirens echoed in the distance.

Small Talk

“Our action now is the result of a generation that has grown up with lockdown drills and school shootings saying #enough is enough. In Colorado, we have seen threats and gun violence in places of worship, the theater, the grocery store, and school after school.” – Ashley Stolzmann, Louisville Mayor

“Anytime you lose you don’t feel great about it. We dipped our toes in the water in the beginning and dug ourselves a hole but there were stretches I liked what we were doing too. There’s some positive signs but the right team won the game.” – Lightning Coach Jon Cooper

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.” – Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority in the 6-to-3 decision of the Roe V. Wade overturn

“This is unfortunately, yet again, another example of the senseless gun violence that seems to be plaguing our country right now and we all pray it will cease.” – HBU Athletics Director Steve Moniaci said in a statement

“If we only look when a lot of people are killed, we kind of miss the bigger picture.” – Ron Avi Astor (professor of social welfare at the University of California)


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