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Here’s your “gun control”: Colorado’s “red flag” law totally, completely failed to stop mass shooter

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- While much has been made about so-called “anti-LGBTQ rhetoric” being the cause of a lunatic who is admittedly “non-binary” going into a Colorado Springs nightclub and shooting up the place, killing five and wounding a number of others, the elephant in the room is being conveniently ignored by much of the mainstream media.

According to the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF), the suspect in the shooting, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, last year threatened to bomb his mother’s home.

Yet for unknown reasons, Colorado Springs District Attorney Michael Allen refused to lodge formal charges against him, according to multiple reports. And for unknown reasons, Allen refuses to explain why charges were not filed.

DCNF said when they requested information from Allen’s office about Aldrich, they were told in a statement that “a public criminal record does not exist.”

Last week, Aldrich went into the nightclub, Club Q, a location that caters to the alphabet community where he shot and killed the five victims. But according to accounts of what happened on June 18, 2021, Aldrich by all intents and purposes should have been in jail.

On that date, Aldrich’s mother contacted police, accusing her son of threatening her with a home made bomb, as well as multiple weapons and ammunition, according to an El Paso County Sheriff’s Office press release, however Allen refused to pursue formal charges, The Gazette reported.

Details of the case have been sealed, and under Colorado’s privacy laws, authorities are prohibited from acknowledging even the existence of such records. ABC News and a number of other news outlets have petitioned a court to unseal the records regarding Aldrich’s 2021 arrest, which would seem to be in the public’s best interest.

“Upon an inquiry into a sealed record, a criminal justice agency shall reply that a public criminal record does not exist with respect to the defendant who is the subject of the sealed record,” the Colorado law reads.

When authorities received the report from Aldrich’s mother, they contacted him via telephone and found he was at a different location on an adjacent area street. He was asked to surrender, however refused. This led to police having to evacuate about ten homes in the area, then finally convinced him to surrender. He was apprehended about five hours after the initial complaint.

 

In that case, Aldrich was booked into the El Paso County jail on two felony menacing charges, as well as three charges of first-degree kidnapping, according to a release issued at the time.

In a voice mail sent to The Gazette in August, Aldrich asked to have the case removed from its website.

“There is absolutely nothing there, the case was dropped, and I’m asking you to either remove or update the story,” he said.

In the Colorado Springs shooting, Aldrich stands charged with five counts of murder and five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury at Club Q, the Associated Press reported.

Aldrich entered the club and began shooting indiscriminately using what was described as a “long gun.” According to police, “two heroes” confronted Aldrich and fought with him, preventing him from shooting additional people. Police responded and arrested Aldrich six minutes after the initial 911 call, police said.

Allen told reporters on Monday that the charges against Aldrich, who was hospitalized after the incident, “are only preliminary” and additional formal charges are expected to be filed.

The arrest warrant and supporting documentation in the latest case has been sealed by the court, noting that if the records were released, “it could jeopardize the ongoing case investigation” ABC 13 reports.

According to officials briefed on the investigation, the gun Aldrich used in the shooting was a legally purchased “assault-style” rifle. Because the 2021 arrest was not prosecuted, it did not appear on legally mandated background checks, meaning that had those records not been sealed, Aldrich would not have been able to purchase the weapon, showing yet another failure of feel-good gun laws that are not enforced.

Leslie Bowman, a resident of Colorado Springs, was renting a room to Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel at the time of the 2021 incident. Apparently Voepel had left the family home a short distance away, Bowman told ABC News however didn’t elaborate as to why.

Speaking to the 2021 incident, Bowman said:

“I was told at the time that there were explosives involved. But I’ve also since been told that maybe there wasn’t,” she told the outlet. “I didn’t get any follow up from the police or the DA or anyone about the case after tie incident to testify or anything else. I just didn’t get any follow-ups and so I had very little information on what they did actually find.”

Bowman said she read in a local news report that the case against Aldrich was dropped in court and that records had been sealed.

“I just thought it was really strange,” she told ABC News. “But again, I was like, well, I haven’t heard from these people in over a year, nobody was hurt, and [I’m] just going to move on with my life.”

Upon learning that Aldrich was responsible for shooting up the nightclub, Bowman said she was “shocked and horrified.”

“It made me very upset and angry that this person who did what he did last year, obviously had violent intentions, was let go and now five people are dead. I think there’s a lot of questions that need to be answered.”

When the shootings occurred, leftists and left-wing politicians were quick to blame “anti-Trans rhetoric” for the shooting, blaming everyone from Fox News host Tucker Carlson to the Twitter page “Libs of TikTok” and Daily Caller host Matt Walsh for speaking out against indoctrination of children into the LGBTQ lifestyle, as well as against “transitioning” of children as young as two-years-old.

However according to the New York Post, Aldrich’s attorneys said in court filings Tuesday that Aldrich “identifies” as “non-binary,” and uses “they/them pronouns.” That would seem to run in contrast to the narrative that the shooting was a “hate crime” and “targeted the LGBTQ” community.

Recall that was also the narrative pushed after the mass shooting at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2017.

However it was discovered the suspect was a Muslim, Omar Mateen, 29. Mateen, who was killed by police after a three-hour standoff, made a 911 call after the shooting began during which he swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and claimed the US killing of Abu Waheeb in Iraq the previous month triggered the shooting.

While speaking to a hostage negotiator, he said he was “out here right now” because of American-led operations in Iraq and Syria, telling the negotiator the United States should “stop the bombing.” The incident was deemed a terrorist attack by the FBI and no anti-gay bias was found to be behind it.

So, in the case of Club Q, perhaps it would be best to let cooler heads prevail, stop the rhetoric and wait until the investigation is complete.

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