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Leftists pounce on the Club Q tragedy to attack not the shooter, but the GOP

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 3 days ago Kimberly Ross
A Club Q sign stands amid items in a makeshift memorial to mark a weekend mass shooting at a nearby gay nightclub on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Anderson Lee Aldrich opened fire at Club Q, in which five people were killed and others suffered gunshot wounds before patrons tackled and beat the suspect into submission. © Provided by Washington Examiner A Club Q sign stands amid items in a makeshift memorial to mark a weekend mass shooting at a nearby gay nightclub on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Anderson Lee Aldrich opened fire at Club Q, in which five people were killed and others suffered gunshot wounds before patrons tackled and beat the suspect into submission.

The shocking loss of life at Club Q should never have happened. On Saturday night, a shooter killed five people and injured 17 at the gay and lesbian nightclub in Colorado. In a better world, the innocent victims would be unharmed and alive, their names unknown to a wider audience. Unfortunately, deranged, cowardly individuals can and do target other human beings. It's a story repeated far too often. And in this case, red flag laws didn't stop the shooter before he committed acts of violence.

With little known or released about the killer and his exact motivations, the politically minded are left to gleefully cast aspersions.

In an op-ed at the Los Angeles Times titled, "Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs follows six brutal years of Republican anti-LGBTQ rhetoric," the author, a law professor, writes, "Lofty American ideals like tolerance, justice, and individual freedom are incompatible with the right’s demonizing narrative." She later adds, "Morality-based fear-mongering and the characterization of minorities as dangerous enemies from within are predictable moves from an old playbook. It persists because it works. It fosters a breach from our shared humanity and incites bloodshed. Violent, fearful words breed — and sanction — action."

On MSNBC, analyst Frank Figliuzzi spoke of the shooter, saying, "If he's a consumer of the people we just rattled off, from Lauren Boebert to Tucker Carlson ... those people should face civil consequences from the victims." And on Twitter, author J.K. Rowling was trending as certain users attempted to cast blame on her for what happened in Colorado.

Though individuals on the Right criticize the LGBT community's agenda, claiming the shooter was incited by the GOP would be wholly absurd. The Obergefell decision in 2015 was a turning point for gay rights in America, but that evolution is far removed from some of what we see now. Not only are words considered violence, but men and women are encroaching upon territory that is not theirs, that of the other sex, and claiming it as their own. This is unfair and in conflict with genuine gendered progress. But these ideas are creeping into various corners of education as far-left teachers and administrators amuse themselves with plans of indoctrination. Criticizing this sweeping cultural agenda is not the same as attacking individuals.

The fact remains that disagreement is not hate. Even stating strong differences is not the same as encouraging action against any individual or group. No, being LGBT doesn't automatically mean being a "groomer." And being on the Right doesn't mean one is prone to political violence.

The harm the shooter carried out on unsuspecting patrons at Club Q is nothing short of evil. In the aftermath, it's important to focus on the truth alone. Americans are horrified, and rightly so. There is no justice to be found in broadly applying guilt to legislators, commentators, or even the average citizen. The one person responsible for the unthinkable bloodshed in Colorado is the perpetrator. That individual was already known to law enforcement when he threatened his mother more than a year ago. He alone should bear the full weight of guilt. It does no good to suggest otherwise.

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Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog and a columnist at Arc Digital.

 

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