A horrifying scene played out in Colorado this weekend, with Fox News reporting that a gunman left five people dead and other 18 injured at a gay bar.
The crime was committed early on Sunday morning at Club Q, which is located on North Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs. According to Fox News, federal law enforcement agents are assisting local police with their investigation of the incident.
The network noted that Club Q put up a statement on its Facebook page which said the establishment was “devastated by the senseless attack on our community.”
The statement also praised patrons who reportedly ended the attack, saying, “We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.”
Some were quick to politicize the tragedy, with New York Democratic Rep. Nydia Velasquez declaring in a tweet that Republicans effectively had blood on their hands.
Every GOP politician spewing anti-LGBTQ rhetoric bears responsibility for the Colorado Springs shooting.
Every GOP politician who says that guns aren’t the problem bears responsibility for the Colorado Springs shooting.
— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) November 20, 2022
“Every GOP politician spewing anti-LGBTQ rhetoric bears responsibility for the Colorado Springs shooting,” the left-wing lawmaker asserted.
“Every GOP politician who says that guns aren’t the problem bears responsibility for the Colorado Springs shooting. Enough,” she went on to insist.
Velasquez didn’t blame Democratic rhetoric for violent attack on Republicans
However, others noted how the alleged shooter, one Anderson Lee Aldrich, was walking the streets despite having a run-in with the law last year.
NPR pointed out how “there’s no public record that prosecutors moved forward with felony kidnapping and menacing charges against Aldrich” despite his having allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb.
Interestingly, Velasquez did not blame anti-conservative rhetoric from her fellow Democrats in 2017 when a former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practiced for that year’s Congressional Baseball Game.
That attack saw shooter James Hodgkinson fire over a hundred rounds, with House Republican Whip Steve Scalise being severely wounded.