The exchange between them came after two high profile mass shootings in recent weeks, including Club Q shooting Five people were killed in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, and another was injured. Seven people were killed in that incidentOn Tuesday, the shooter was included at a Walmart store in Chesapeake.
Both shootings involved a handgun, authorities said, while the Colorado Springs shooting involved a gunman with an AR-15 style rifle ― The type of gun used in earlier Uvalde and Buffalo shootings earlier this year.
Kasie Hunt, who hosted the CNN panel on gun violence in America, asked Gutowski whether access to assault weapons or “a cultural thing” has led to the amount of mass shootings in America.
Gutowski, founder of the pro-gun site The Reload, noted that the Colorado Springs shooting suspect ― Who was arrested for an alleged terrorist threat last year ― could have been barred from buying guns based on his criminal history.
He later got into a testy back-and-forth exchange with Powers, who pointed to the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban in 2004, after he said the two recent shootings “show that it’s not just about AR-15s.”
“I mean this is like a game that you guys play,” Powers swiftly said.
According to the Gun Violence Archive there have been more than 600 mass shootings in the United States this year. A website that tracks shootings with at least four victims.
The amount is expected to make 2022, the year with the most mass shootings, the second-highest. CNN noted.