An army veteran reports on fighting a Colorado Springs gunman
Lauren Boebert began to feel sorry for herself on Thursday after coming under fire for her reaction to the massacre at the LGBT+ nightclub Club Q in Colorado Springs.
Republican MAGA appeared on the right-wing network OAN where she moaned that she was sick of being “blamed” by the “left” for mass shootings.
“I’ve been accused of almost every mass shooting since the left found out about my name,” she complained.
Ms Boebert came under fire this week when she called the mass shooting that left five victims “absolutely awful” and said the victims were “in my prayers”.
Several lawmakers, including the AOC, members of the LGBT+ community, and social media users, were quick to point out that it fueled right-wing hatred of the LGBT+ community.
Suspect shooter Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, opened fire just before midnight Saturday with an AR-15 rifle and handgun. Aldrich, who did not press charges or talk about the incident, wanted to be “another mass killer” and come out “on fire”, according to previous arrest records.
A mass shooting at an LGBT+ club follows a wave of threats against artists and drag clubs
A mass shooting has brought violence to a nightclub known as a safe haven for the LGBT+ community in Colorado Springs. The violence follows an increase in attacks, harassment and legislation designed to drag out.
Alex WoodwardNovember 25, 2022 10:00
Army Veteran Reveals How He Coped With Colorado Springs Shooter
Richard Fierro, 45, said The New York Times was with family and friends at the Q club on a Saturday night when the suspect barged in and began firing automatic weapons at the club.
Mr Fierro said he started military training and ran towards the gunman – later identified by police as 22-year-old Anderson Aldrich – grabbed him from behind by his bulletproof vest and dragged him to the ground.
“I just knew I had to beat him,” said Fierro.
Alex WoodwardNovember 25, 2022 09:00
Joe Biden calls the owners of Club Q after the shooting in Colorado Springs
On Thanksgiving Day, President Joe Biden called the owners of a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs where a gunman opened fire and killed five people last weekend.
Alex WoodwardNovember 25, 2022 08:00
House lawmakers are calling on the Department of Justice to investigate the risks to children’s hospitals that target gender-confirmed care
Members of Congress Dwight Evans, Ayanna Pressley and Eleanor Holmes Norton issued a letter with about 40 House lawmakers urging the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate “a wave of threats of violence to several children’s hospitals” over the treatment of transgender and non-binary patients.
Lawmakers have called on the agency to counter threats and provide guidance on how to protect hospital staff and patients.
The letter from 36 lawmakers was released after a mass shooting in Colorado Springs, with LGBT+ supporters pointing to increasing threats of violence and harassment against LGBT+ people in the months leading up to the attack.
This is also because several children’s hospitals have responded to fake bomb threats and harassment after being repeatedly attacked by far-right influencers on social media.
“From the brutal shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub this weekend to the latest bomb threat against Boston Children’s last week, violence against trans and LGBTQ+ people is on the rise and needs to be taken seriously,” Congresswoman Pressley said in a statement.
“That’s why we’re calling on the Department of Justice to immediately step up its efforts to ensure the safety of healthcare providers, patients, and members of the community,” she added.
Alex WoodwardNovember 25, 2022 07:00
Records Suggest Colorado Springs Suspect Wanted to ‘Put Out in Flames’
According to arrest records in an unrelated 2021 bomb threat case, investigators believed that a suspected mass shooting suspect in the Club Q attack told family members that they wanted to carry out a mass shooting or bombing and “go up in flames.”
According to court records, the then 21-year-old allegedly threatened his grandparents with “murder” when they announced plans to sell their home and move to Florida in 2021.
They also said the move would frustrate their bomb-building plans, a scheme referred to in court documents where investigators requested a search warrant to search for weapons and explosives to “prevent a reported planned terrorist attack,” according to documents reportedly obtained by KKTV.
At a previous family relocation meeting, the outlet reported, Aldrich allegedly pulled out a loaded gun and stated that “you will die today.”
Alex WoodwardNovember 25, 2022 06:00
Here are the five people who died in the Club Q attack
Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green have been identified as five victims of the Club Q mass shooting.
Alex WoodwardNovember 25, 2022 05:00
Former Trump Lawyer Says Colorado Springs Victims ‘Reaping Consequences of Eternal Damnation’
Donald Trump’s former legal adviser claimed that the five people killed at Club Q “provided no evidence that they were Christians” and that they “are now suffering the consequences of eternal damnation.”
“And this is much, much bigger – we should have this conversation,” she added. “Instead of just the tragedy of what happened to the body, we must talk about what happened to the soul and the fact that they are now eternally separated from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Jenny Ellis’ remarks appear as comments from right-wing media outlets, with far-right influencers continuing to amplify inflammatory anti-gay and anti-trans rhetoric in the aftermath of a mass shooting that killed five people at an LGBT+ nightclub:
Alex WoodwardNovember 25, 2022 04:00
Gay nightclub co-owner blames shooting on new ‘kind of hate’
Nic Grzecka, co-owner of the Colorado Springs gay nightclub where the shooter killed five people, blamed right-wing activists and politicians creating a new kind of hate.
Speaking to the Associated Press in the first comments since Saturday’s attack at Club Q, Grzecka said the attack on the drag queen event is linked to the art form being cast in a false light in recent months by right-wing activists and politicians who complain of “sexualizing” or “seduction” of children.
“Lying about our community and making it something it’s not creates a different kind of hatred,” Grzecka said.
He added that while general acceptance of the LGBTQ community has grown, this new dynamic has created a dangerous climate.
Shweta SharmaNovember 25, 2022 03:42
Joe Biden Condemns AR-15 Purchases, Says He’ll “Try” to Gather Votes to Ban Assault Weapons
Speaking to reporters in Nantucket, where Joe Biden is celebrating Thanksgiving with his family, the president said that “the idea that we still allow the purchase of semi-automatic firearms is sick.”
“Just sick,” he added. “There is no social redemptive value. Zero. Thread. Not a single justification, except for profit for the arms manufacturers.”
Asked if his administration could advance any additional gun reform measures over the next two years, when Republicans have a narrow majority in the House and Democrats in the Senate, the president said he was “going to try.”
“I’ll try to get rid of the assault weapons,” he added. “I’m going to do that every time – I have to make that assessment when I walk in and start counting the votes.”
Over the past week, following the shootings in Colorado and Virginia, the president has twice called on Congress to renew the federal assault weapons ban, targeting weapons like AR rifles that are repeatedly used in mass shootings. The ban expired in 2004.
Let’s go back to his statement after the attack on Club Q:
Alex WoodwardNovember 25, 2022 03:00
“The Horrible Hypocrisy of Lauren Boebert’s ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ After Colorado Springs”
“In an increasingly hostile atmosphere fueled by sharing politicians, this latest brutal attack will unfortunately not be the last.” Skylar Baker-Jordan writes for Voices:
Alex WoodwardNovember 25, 2022 01:00