Colorado: 5 Dead in LGBTQ+ Nightclub Shooting

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    The Facts

    • A gunman on Saturday night opened fire inside an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs, Colo., killing five people and injuring 25. Club attendees subdued and detained the gunman until law enforcement arrived to take him into custody. After the arrest, the attacker was treated for his injuries.

    • The 22-year-old gunman immediately began shooting after entering the venue, before he was stopped by two clubgoers. The patrons were described as "heroic" by Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    Republicans should be able to connect the dots between their dangerous rhetoric and targeted mass shootings. Donald Trump's anti-Latino rants came before the deadliest anti-Latino shooting in US history, and now, following the party's anti-LGBTQ+ campaign, there has been a deadly shooting at a gay club. "Thoughts and prayers" aren't good enough and don't excuse the rhetoric that helps cause these events.

    Republican narrative

    When an LGBTQ+ community is targeted, hypocritical outcries from Democrats inevitably follow. Yet again, the party in charge of the country's most crime-ridden cities is unashamedly blaming Republicans for a shooting, yet they stay silent when dozens of people are murdered weekly in their own jurisdictions. They care about human lives when it's politically convenient but not when their own constituents are the victims.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 1% chance that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution protecting the right to bear arms will be amended or repealed before 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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