A person pauses to pay respects as portraits of the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub are displayed at a makeshift memorial Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, near the scene in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) We live in a society that has normalized — and politicized — mass shootings and intolerance. Thoughts and prayers flood every social media channel but the repetitiveness is getting old. We cannot become immune to men, women and children being murdered because of the negligence of lawmakers in Congress to prioritize gun safety. Club Q, an LGBTQIA+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was the site of a hate crime as a gunman walked through the front door with an automatic rifle and killed five people while wounding 25 others on Nov. 19. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, has been identified as the shooter and was subdued by several people shortly after the shooting occurred. Derrick Rump, Daniel Aston, Kelly Loving, Raymond Green Vance and Ashley Green Paugh were identified as the victims of the shooting. They did not deserve to have their lives cut short as they were in enjoying their Saturday night. This tragedy came on the eve of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. There doesn’t need to be confirmation of what his motives were as this is a hate crime and should be considered an act of terrorism. In this day and age, we as a society find ourselves politicizing the LGBTQIA+ community, which has caused people on the […]
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