Rev. Jackson calls Aurora theater shooting ‘domestic terrorism’
AURORA, Colo. — Speaking in front of the apartment of the man accused of killing 12 and injuring 70, Rev. Jesse Jackson repeatedly called the Aurora theater shooting “an act of domestic terrorism.”
But Jackson didn’t stop there. He said acts like the tragedy in Aurora “encourage international terrorists to target places in the United States.” Places, Jackson said, like “churches, schools and a Denver Broncos football game.”
“This incident has put us in a state of war,” Jackson said. “None of us are safe.”
A noted civil rights leader and gun control advocate, Jackson came to Aurora Thursday from his home in South Carolina and called for the U.S. to reinstate its former ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004.
“Right now, criminals have easy access to these weapons,” Jackson said. “No one should be able to have 6,000 rounds of ammunition. No one should have access to hundred-round magazines.”
Suspected gunman James E. Holmes ordered 6,000 rounds of ammunition and magazines that allowed him to carry extra ammunition online. All of the purchases were legal.
Jackson also met with one of the theater tragedy victim’s families in addition to speaking publicly. He did not specify which family he visited.