COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – In a surprise to no one, the White House almost immediately used a tragic shooting to both push an anti-gun agenda as well as further a hate narrative, despite no motivation having been determined at the time of this writing.
Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22 years old, entered Club Q around 11:55 pm Saturday night and immediately opened fire. Although a motive has not yet been established, the media and leftist politicians right away blamed an anti-LGBTQ agenda for the horrid shooting that left five people dead and at least 25 people injured, 19 of whom were shot.
“We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of war off America’s streets,” a White House press release read on Sunday. Biden prefaced the bold statement with, “Today, yet another community in America has been torn apart by gun violence. More families are left with an empty chair at the table and a hole in their lives that cannot be filled. When will we decide we’ve had enough? We must address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all of its forms. Earlier this year, I signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly three decades, in addition to taking other historic actions. But we must do more.”
Club Q itself wrote on Facebook that the shooting was a “hate attack” while telling of two heroic patrons who stepped in and stopped Aldrich before he could continue his murderous rampage. When police responded, Aldrich was taken into custody without further incident.
“We owe them a great debt of thanks,” said Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez, who also said Aldrich carried in an “AR-style platform long gun along with multiple magazines with ammunition.”
“That speaks to the preparation that he took for before entering that club,” the Chief said. When asked whether the shooting will be called a hate crime, Vasquez said, “I think there’s a lot of work to be done before we can come to that determination. But certainly it feels that way.” The shooting occurred on the even of “Transgender Day of Remembrance.”
Mayor Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said that one of two people that stepped in to stop the shooting was able to take “the handgun from [Aldrich] and hit him with the handgun to disable him.”
Two handguns were reportedly found at the scene.
CNN reported on Aldrich’s previous arrest in June of 2021, which was in relation to a bomb threat towards his mother. Aldrich was in a standoff with deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (in which Colorado Springs is located) after she called 911 to report that he was “threatening to cause harm to her with a homemade bomb, multiple weapons, and ammunition.” When he was called by police, Aldrich “refused to comply with orders to surrender,” resulting in the standoff and several homes being evacuated.
A negotiator was able to persuade Aldrich to leave the home, and he was taken into custody without incident. However, there were no explosives found in the home, and the district attorney said that no formal charges were filed as a result of the incident.
The Colorado Springs Gazette told CNN that Aldrich attempted to have the story about him removed from their site, saying in a voicemail, “There is absolutely nothing there, the case was dropped, and I’m asking you either remove or update the story.”
In addition to attempting to take guns away from the American people, like far-left politicians do every time a shooting takes place, the White House statement also pushed further a narrative of mass hate towards the incredibly small transgender community. “We continue to see it in the epidemic of violence and murder against transgender women – especially transgender women of color,” the release said.
Despite their rhetoric, there is no evidence that there is a mass targeting of “violence and murder against transgender women.” According to the Human Rights Campaign, 2022 has seen “at least 32 transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means.”
What the site doesn’t include, however, is the reason for the murders. Not that any murder is acceptable, of course regardless, the killing is unacceptable and tragic. However, there’s no evidence, at least not on the HRC website, that the shootings were motivated by hate or an anti-trans agenda. 2021 saw 45 deaths, according to the website. Still citing no evidence of hate motivation, the site says that these murders were “driven by bigotry and transphobia and stoked by people who hate and fear transgender people and the richness of their experience.”
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