House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed her grief and concern over a shooting at an LGBTQ bar in Colorado Springs on Saturday night that killed five people and injured several others.
Pelosi released a Sunday statement that condemned the shooting deaths by an armed man who also died in the tragedy.
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“Americans awoke this morning to horrific news: a brutal attack on an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Our hearts break at the senseless slaughter of at least five beautiful souls and the many more injured or forever traumatized, at what was a sanctuary of safety and solidarity.”
“While Democrats have taken important steps to combat gun violence this Congress, this deadly attack is a challenge to our conscience and a reminder that we must keep fighting to do more,” she added.
President Joe Biden also released a statement on Sunday following the shooting tragedy.
“We must address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all forms. I signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly three decades, but we must do more. And we must drive out the inequities that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people. We cannot tolerate hate,” he wrote.
Jill and I are praying for the families of the five people killed in Colorado Springs, and for those injured in this senseless attack.
While no motive in this attack is yet clear, we know that gun violence has a particular impact on LGBTQI+ communities across our nation.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 20, 2022
The shooting deaths are a tragedy that all would clearly condemn. However, not all Americans are ready to change gun laws every time a shooting occurs.
The quick call for gun control has been a growing concern among Americans, with many concerned over potential losses of Second Amendment rights.
Pelosi is right to condemn the tragedy, but the quick move to politicize the event doesn’t help the situation.