As we all know by now, a shooting occurred at a nightclub in Colorado Springs. But the media reported it as a “gay nightclub” attack.
Why add “gay”?
For those already calling for more gun control, hold your horses.
Anderson Lee Aldrich isn’t a raging right-wing Trumper after all. So the Club Q story is no longer part of the corporate media/government narrative. It’s a pity as there are no doubt many more mental cases like Aldrich waiting to strike. https://t.co/DvM7KKMsUe
— Grant David Gillham 🛩🔫🇲🇽🏍⛳🎸 (@CaptG2) November 23, 2022
To be honest, I cannot say with certainty that Aldrich isn’t using this “non-binary” declaration as a way to get some kind of reduction of charges, such as dropping the hate-crime amplifier. The guy is a bona fide nutcase. His own mother was forced to call police last year when Aldrich made threats towards her, including a bomb threat he planned to carry out with a homemade bomb.
But the most clear thing to me is that, given that this dude had been arrested for a prior bomb threat, on no planet should he have had access to a gun.
— Derek Pederson (@DerekPederson3) November 23, 2022
This isn’t the failure of the right wing. And while leftism is toxic, and a huge contributor to the breakdown of our nation, this shooting isn’t the failure of the left wing. It goes much deeper than politics and gun control. This is the complete failure of both the mental health services in this country and the justice system.
There are a lot of questions to ask. Like was Aldrich on medication? We previously explored a link between anti-depressants and mass shootings. Also, Aldrich was arrested last year for a clear break with reality. Why didn’t that trigger law enforcement to keep an eye on him? At the very least, he should’ve had to surrender his guns until he could prove he got his ducks back in a row. Further, mental health services should have been mandated and followed up with by the court. I haven’t seen anything that says he was even evaluated by mental health experts following his previous arrest. Instead, no charges were filed and no follow up seems to have occurred.
Digging Up the Past
Of course, judging by his father, Aldrich’s ducks were likely never in a straight row to begin with. Aldrich legally changed his name long before the shooting to distance himself from his biological father, Aaron Brink. Ironically, his name change request states that Aldrich doesn’t wish to carry the stigma of Brink’s criminal record. Brink dabbled in drugs and porn, staring in “Spider Man XXX: A Porn Parody” under the moniker Dick Delaware. He also has a strong crystal-meth addiction.
Meanwhile, Aldrich’s mother dabbled in arson and drugs. Wow, talk about great parents! Of course they created a serial killer. Apparently, Aldrich was bullied in school because of his father’s porn career. Sadly, Brink’s first comments after the shooting were expressing relief that his son “wasn’t gay” with no regard for the dead bodies left behind.
Former MMA-fighter turned-adult-actor Aaron Franklin Brink.
Father to Anderson Lee Aldrich, the suspect charged with the shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ venue in Colorado Springs (1/2) #AndersonLeeAldrich #CLUBQ #ColoradoSprings
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— Queer Insider 🏳️🌈 🏳️⚧️ (@qitweets) November 24, 2022
Twitter is full of all sorts of rants and raves debating whether this guy is a right-wing extremist or a left-wing psycho. But if we’re shooting straight, none of us can claim to know for certain what was dancing around in the mind of this incredibly troubled young man.
Let’s get one thing straight here.
Conservatives don’t want Aldrich on their side. Nor do we want his washed-up father who lacks any shred of morals or values. Conservatism isn’t synonymous with hate. Leftists would like that, because it makes it much easier to push aside our opinions. Just think, if all conservatives doled out black-hate and gay-hate and woman-hate, then it’s much easier to try to take away something like the right to bear arms. Guns and hate are never a good combination.
However, if the left was forced to acknowledge that the majority of conservatives value life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, it changes the ball game. Make no mistake- conservatives are guardians of the constitution. They are the men and women who get up and say “I don’t like what you have to say, but I will die protecting your right to say it.”. For me personally, being a conservative is about protecting my family while appreciating my freedom. Sort of like the Veteran/father who was in Club Q with his wife and family when Aldrich open fired. He sprung into action, saving countless lives. Especially when a drag queen joined him in stomping Aldrich to the ground. But keep in mind, no matter how many zealots claim their evil acts in the name of conservatism, it doesn’t ring true if the actions don’t reflect the cause.
Quit trying to figure out what side this guy’s voter registration card is attached to. Instead, figure out how this man who sent up a host of red flags slipped through the cracks. That’s the question we need to answer. And that’s the answer we need to act upon. The rest is just noise.