"Firearms" searches spike in Colorado after Uvalde shooting
New Google Trends data shows that search interest in the term "firearms" surged in nearly every congressional district in the country after the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24.
- In Colorado, the 8th and 5th districts appear to be the two regions most interested in the term.
Why it matters: The findings reflect intense concerns around gun violence and school safety, and foreshadow how potentially influential those issues could be in this year's midterm elections if public attention holds, Axios' Jacque Schrag and Stef Kight write.
State of play: The Uvalde shooting has renewed the political debate over guns in Colorado.
- Since the attack, several municipalities, including Boulder and Louisville, have enacted sweeping restrictions on the sale, possession and carrying of firearms.
- Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered Saturday at the state Capitol for the March for Our Lives rally, urging lawmakers to do more on gun control.
- The deal includes enhanced background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21, funding for mental health and school safety, and state grants for "red flag" laws.
- The package does not, however, raise the purchasing age for assault rifles to 21, nor does it require broader background checks for all ages.
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