Police responded late Saturday night to a shooting at “Club Q”, a Colorado Springs gay nightclub. According to reports, at least five people have been killed and 18 more were hurt.
These numbers could change, but it’s too early to know. But, we don’t know the full facts. The left already knows who to blame: Republicans.
Rep. Nydia Velasquez (D-N.Y.), claimed that “every GOP politician who spews anti-LGBTQ rhetoric bears the responsibility for the Colorado Springs shooting.” “Every GOP politician who claims guns are not the problem is responsible for the Colorado Springs shooting.” ” Enough.”
Let’s stop pointing fingers. This is what Leftists do whenever they have an opportunity to exploit it for political gain. In June 2016, 49 people were killed at Pulse, an Orlando gay nightclub. The media quickly criticized conservative Christians and concluded that the shooter targeted Pulse because it was a gay nightclub.
It wasn’t true.
First, Omar Mateen, the shooter, wasn’t Christian. He was Muslim and had pledged allegiance ISIS to him.
The shooting was not about anti-LGBT hatred. Vox reported in April 2018 that there was now clear evidence that the shooter didn’t have any intention to target LGBTQ persons.
According to the Huffington Post report “Everyone Got The Pulse Massacre Story Completely Wrong”, published in the same month, “Mateen hadn’t been to Pulse before.” “He had never been there as a patron, or to investigate the nightclub.” In their closing statement, even prosecutors admitted that Pulse wasn’t his original target. It was Disney Springs shopping and entertainment complex.
The myth that the attack was a hate crime specifically targeting LGBT communities is alive and well, despite this. A memorial and museum are planned for the LGBT hate crime.
Club Q released a statement calling Saturday’s shooting a “hate attack”
“Club Q is devastated at the senseless attack against our community. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to all of the victims as well as their families.” “We are grateful for the quick responses of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended the hate attack,” the club posted on its Facebook page.
People like Velasquez, and many others on social media, try to blame Republicans or conclude that the shooting was a hate crime. They are part of the problem. The most recent report that I could find indicates that the suspect was identified but no motive has yet been established by law enforcement.
According to reports, the shooter may have been involved in a 2021 bomb threat. He was charged with two counts each of Felony Menacing (three counts of First-Degree kidnapping) and three counts of Felony Nemesis. Although it is unknown why he was on the streets, his violent past would suggest that he has mental health issues and not a political agenda.
Let’s not forget, The Huffington Post has admitted that “everyone got the Pulse massacre story totally wrong.” Perhaps we should wait to see the full details before jumping to conclusions about the motives of the shooter. Any other explanation is reckless.