Recently, a gay bar in Colorado Springs known for doing drag shows to which children were brought. Club Q, was shot up by a gunman (or as you’ll soon find out- “gunthey”) who was wearing body armor and managed to kill five people before being subdued by the bar’s patrons.
Given that it was a gay bar that hosts drag shows that children are brought to, many initially suspected and claimed that the shooter was a right-winger bent on killing gay people, someone who had been egged on to violence by all the talk of “groomers” on social media.
Among them was NBC News’ Ben Collins, who said:
That’s How significant are those two dates? Yeah. And also hours before what they called an all ages drag brunch, which is probably the number one target of these anti LGBTQ events recently, like, for example, the proud boys will go and protest any drag brunch, any, any drag story, or anything that a child might go to meet a drag queen, you know, just to show them that they’re human beings and people they talk to.
They go there and they, they read Dr. Seuss there they read regular books, but it’s read by a drag queen and they you know, they have breakfast. It is not some hypersexual event, but that’s what it’s viewed as on the far right. And these spaces have become dangerous places of real life information warfare, this proud boys showing up on one side, sometimes people like local Antifa members show up on the other side as a as a way that it becomes a place where kids aren’t safe, not because of the event itself.
But because of this culture war that’s been propped up on top of it. And that’s not something that should happen. This is not something you know, these people should be able to live their lives without fear of being murdered, literally. But right now, that’s the sort of climate that’s been created by anti LGBTQ protesters and frankly bigots.
NBC's Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__): "An all ages drag brunch..that a child might go to meet a drag queen, just to show them they're human beings & people. They go there and they read Dr. Seuss..It is not some hypersexual event, but that's what it's viewed as on the far right." pic.twitter.com/n4pZhSQYy4
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) November 21, 2022
Well, that turned out to be the opposite of the truth: turns out, the “they” that did it was really a…”they”, as “their” public defender included in a footnote, saying:
“Anderson Aldrich is non-binary. They use they/them pronouns, and for the purposes of all formal filings, will be addressed as Mx. Aldrich.”
In new court filing, public defenders for the suspect in the mass shooting at a Colorado gay club that left 5 people dead say that their client is non-binary and that "they use they/them pronouns." The lawyers refer to their client as Mx. Anderson Aldrich. pic.twitter.com/dPaUpiFXKN
— Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs (@NickAtNews) November 23, 2022
Regardless of that, this shooter was known to authorities, as he’d been involved in a bomb threat and standoff with the police in 2021, as Guy Benson reported on Twitter, saying:
A man of the same name & age as the alleged CO mass shooter was arrested in 2021, following a bomb threat & standoff w/ authorities. He had explosives & a cache of firearms. He was charged with multiple serious felonies. Why was he walking free, let alone with a gun, in 2022?
A man of the same name & age as the alleged CO mass shooter was arrested in 2021, following a bomb threat & standoff w/ authorities. He had explosives & a cache of firearms. He was charged with multiple serious felonies. Why was he walking free, let alone with a gun, in 2022? https://t.co/dqoSlR4xMT
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) November 20, 2022
Townhall, commenting on the likely effect of that revelation on those trying to score political points with the shooting, said:
As Leah reported earlier, President Joe Biden tied the attack in Colorado Springs to the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Despite saying that “no motive in this attack is yet clear,” Biden said “we know that the LGBTQI+ community has been subjected to horrific hate violence in recent years.” But now that the suspect has been identified as non-binary, that likely changes Biden’s calculus on how his administration plans to use the attack he’s already used to call for an “assault weapons ban.”
Others online noted that, as the shooter is a “they” and is “non-binary,” that could mean the hate crime charges don’t apply, which could be the intent behind claiming to be non-binary.