Army veteran provides brief on handling Colorado Springs shooters

Lauren Boebert launched into a self-pitying rant Thursday, after she came under fire for her response to the massacre at the LGBT+ nightclub Club Q in Colorado Springs.

The MAGA Republican appeared on the far-right OAN network where he complained that he was tired of being “blamed” by the “left” for mass shootings.

“I have been accused of almost every mass shooting since the Left learned my name,” he complained.

Ms Boebert came under fire this week when she branded the mass shooting that left five dead “absolutely horrific” and said the victims were “in my prayers”.

Several lawmakers including AOC, members of the LGBT+ community, and social media users were quick to point out that he had fueled right-wing hatred of the LGBT+ community.

The suspected shooter Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, opened fire just before midnight on Saturday with an AR-15 style rifle and handgun. Aldrich, who has not yet filed an appeal or spoke about the incident, wanted to become “the next mass murderer” and get out “in the flames”, according to previous arrest records.

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Boebert launched into a self-pitying rant after being slammed in response to the shooting

US Representative Lauren Boebert said it was “disgusting” to blame her for what happened in Colorado Springs, as she felt sorry for herself after she was called out for “hypocrisy” over her response to the shooting.

In an interview with KAO, the Republican congressman said: “That’s completely wrong. I’ve never had bad rhetoric against anyone and their personal preferences as an adult.”

He defended his past rhetoric, saying what he is “criticizing is the sexualization of our children. And I criticize men who dress up as caricatures of women.”

The far-right congressman faced backlash following his expression of concern in response to a shooting at a gay nightclub in the state when Twitter users accused him of trading the same hate that was blamed for the attack.

But some called him out after noting that Boebert was deeply rooted in the rise of far-right hatred of the LGBT community.

Shweta SharmaNovember 25, 2022 10:09

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Mass shooting at LGBT+ club follows a wave of threats to drag down players and venues

A mass shooter brings violence to a nightclub known as a safe haven for the LGBT+ community in Colorado Springs. Violence follows an increase in attacks, harassment and laws aimed at drag events.

Alex WoodwardsNovember 25, 2022 10:00

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Army veteran reveals how he handled the Colorado Springs shooter

Richard Fierro, 45, tells The New York Times he was with family and friends at Club Q on Saturday night when the suspect barged in and began spraying the club with automatic fire.

Mr Fierro said his military training had begun and he ran towards the shooter – later identified by police as 22-year-old Anderson Aldrich – grabbing them from behind in their body armor and pulling them to the ground.

“I just knew I had to drop him,” said Fierro.

Rachel SharpNovember 25, 2022 09:00

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Joe Biden called the owner of Club Q after filming in Colorado Springs

On Thanksgiving, President Joe Biden called the owner of a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs where a gunman opened fire and killed five people last weekend.

Alex WoodwardsNovember 25, 2022 08:00

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Lawmakers asked the Department of Justice to investigate threats to children’s hospitals being targeted for gender-affirming care

Congressmen Dwight Evans, Ayanna Pressley, and Eleanor Holmes Norton issued a letter to about 40 members of the House asking the US Department of Justice to investigate “a wave of violent threats directed at several children’s hospitals” over their treatment of transgender and nonbinary patients. .

Lawmakers called on the agency to counter threats and provide guidance on how to protect hospital staff and patients.

The letter from 36 lawmakers was issued in the aftermath of the Colorado Springs mass shooting, with LGBT+ supporters pointing to increased threats of violence and harassment directed at LGBT+ people in the months leading up to the attack.

It also comes as some children’s hospitals have responded to hoax bomb threats and harassment after they were repeatedly targeted by far-right influencers on social media.

“From the brutal nightclub shooting in Colorado Springs this weekend to the latest bomb threat against Boston Children’s last week, anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ violence is on the rise and must be taken seriously,” Congressman Pressley said in a statement.

“That’s why we’re asking the DOJ to immediately step up efforts to help keep healthcare providers, patients and members of the public safe,” he added.

Alex WoodwardsNovember 25, 2022 07:00

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Records suggest Colorado Springs suspect wants to ‘come out in flames’

According to arrest records in an unrelated 2021 bomb threat case, investigators believe the suspected mass shooter in the Q Club attack told family members they wanted to carry out a mass shooting or bombing and “come out in flames.”

The 21-year-old allegedly made “kill threats” to their grandparents when they announced plans to sell their home and move to Florida in 2021, according to court records.

They also said the move would derail their plans to make a bomb, a scheme referenced in court papers, where investigators request a search warrant to search for weapons and explosives to “prevent a terrorist attack that was reportedly planned,” according to the note. obtained by KKTV.

At an earlier family meeting about the move, the outlet reported, Aldrich allegedly pulled out a loaded revolver and claimed “you guys died today”.

Alex WoodwardsNovember 25, 2022 06:00

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Here are the five people who died in the Q Club attack

Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green have been identified as the five victims of the mass shooting inside Club Q.

Alex WoodwardsNovember 25, 2022 05:00

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Former Trump attorney says Colorado Springs victims ‘reap the consequences of eternal damnation’

A former legal adviser to Donald Trump alleged that the five people killed inside Club Q “provided absolutely no evidence that they were Christians” and that they are “now reaping the consequences of eternal damnation.”

“And it’s much, much bigger – we have to have that conversation,” he added. “Instead of just the tragedy of what happens to the body, we need to talk about what happens to the soul and the fact that they are now forever separated from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Jenna Ellis’ remarks come as far-right media commentary and far-right influencers continue to amplify anti-gay and anti-trans rhetoric after a mass shooting killed five people inside an LGBT+ nightclub:

Alex WoodwardsNovember 25, 2022 04:00

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A co-owner of a gay nightclub blamed the shooting on a new “kind of hate.”

Nic Grzecka, co-owner of the Colorado Springs gay nightclub where a shooter killed five people, blamed far-right activists and politicians for creating a new kind of hatred.

Speaking to the Associated Press in her first comments since Saturday night’s attack on Club Q, Grzecka said the targeting of transgender events linked to the art form has been cast in a false light in recent months by far-right activists and politicians who complain about the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children. -child.

“Lying about our community, and making them something they are not, creates a different kind of hatred,” said Grzecka.

While general acceptance of the LGBTQ community has grown, this new dynamic has fostered a dangerous climate, he added.

Shweta SharmaNovember 25, 2022 03:42

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Joe Biden condemned the purchase of the AR-15 and said he was “going to try” to rally votes for a ban on assault weapons

Speaking to reporters in Nantucket where Joe Biden is celebrating Thanksgiving with his family, the president said “the idea that we are still allowing the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is a terrible thing.”

“It just hurts,” he added. “It has no social redeeming value. Zero. There isn’t any. There’s no reason for that except profit for the arms manufacturers.”

Asked whether his administration could advance additional gun reform measures in the next two years, with Republicans holding a slim majority in the House and Democrats holding the Senate, the president said he “will try.”

“I will try to get rid of the assault weapons,” he added. “I’d do it any day – I have to make that judgment when I come in and start counting the votes.”

In the past week, following the shootings in Colorado and Virginia, the president has twice asked Congress to renew the federal assault weapon ban, targeting weapons such as AR-style rifles that are repeatedly used in mass shooting attacks. The ban ended in 2004.

Revisiting his statement after the Q Club attack:

Alex WoodwardsNovember 25, 2022 03:00