Wednesday, November 23, 2022


The editorial board of National Review is outraged by the response to this weekend's mass shooting in Colorado Springs:
Politicizing the Colorado Springs Massacre

... Whether the shooter targeted Club Q because it is an LGBT club is unknown. Indications are, though, that he was a profoundly sick man. In June 2021, he was arrested for allegedly threatening his mother “with a homemade bomb, multiple weapons, and ammunition,” according to a press release from the El Paso County sheriff’s office. It emerged on Tuesday that the shooter’s attorneys also describe him as “non-binary” and preferring “they/them pronouns.”

... left-wing activists and their allies in the press have been blaming the shooting on conservatives.

... It is grotesque to lay the blame for this shooting at the feet of the millions of Americans who have legitimate questions about children being exposed to drag shows or undergoing irreversible sex-change surgeries. The idea that those questions are not just beyond the pale, but are affirmatively responsible for the murder of gay and transgender Americans, is a shameless attempt to gain an edge in an ongoing culture-war debate.
Message: There's absolutely no reason to assume a connection between our principled objection to perverted filth and the act of this deeply troubled young man, whose motives we can't possibly imagine!

Alas for National Review, much of the right is saying just the opposite: You bet this was a political act, and the pervert libs have more of the same coming to them.
On Monday evening ... [Tucker] Carlson’s show displayed a graphic reading “STOP SEXUALIZING KIDS.” On Tuesday evening, Carlson hosted a guest who said shootings would continue to happen "until we end this evil agenda that is attacking children."

... Tim Pool, a conservative internet personality with 1.4 million followers on Twitter, targeted the venue, Club Q, where the shooting happened.

“We shouldn’t tolerate pedophiles grooming kids,” Pool tweeted. “Club Q had a grooming event. How do prevent the violence and stop the grooming?” Pool appeared to be referring to all-ages drag Sunday brunches that were being hosted at the venue.

... Matt Walsh, a prominent conservative YouTuber known for his criticism of LGBTQ people, published a video on Tuesday titled, “Why The Left Is So Desperate To Expose Children To Drag Queens.” Walsh, who has 1.9 million YouTube subscribers, called the shooting “tragic” but doubled down on his attacks on drag queens. “Is it that hard to not crossdress in front of kids? Is the compulsion that overwhelming?” he asked in the video. “If it’s causing this much chaos and violence, why do you insist on continuing to do it?”
National Review: We have no idea whether it's a hate crime. Right-wing influencers: Hell yeah it's a hate crime, and you libs are asking for it.

So maybe liberals didn't rush to judgment?

And while it might seem odd that a self-proclaimed non-binary person would shoot up a gay bar out of hate, remember that self-hate is hate. The shooter has clearly been encouraged to hate anything about himself or anyone else that isn't heterosexual by this pathetic excuse for a human being, who is his father:

The suspect’s father, Aaron Brink, is a mixed martial arts fighter and pornography performer with an extensive criminal history, including convictions for battery against the alleged shooter’s mother, Laura Voepel, both before and after the suspect was born, state and federal court records show. A 2002 misdemeanor battery conviction in California resulted in a protective order that initially barred Aaron Brink from contacting the suspect or Voepel except through an attorney, but was later modified to allow monitored visits with the child.

Aaron Brink told the San Diego CBS affiliate, KFMB-TV, that he was shocked to learn about Aldrich’s alleged involvement. He said his first reaction was to question why Aldrich was at a gay bar. Brink said he hadn’t had much contact with his child but had taught them to fight, “praising” Aldrich for violent behavior at an early age.
... the Huntington Beach, Calif., native became hooked on crystal meth while making the smut and ended up on the reality show “Intervention" in 2009, where his then-fiancee begged him to stop using.

Two years later, he was appearing on TV’s “Divorce Court" with his second wife, porn star Vanessa Brink, according to the Gazette and footage of the show.

Brink’s unorthodox career came after a troubled childhood which included juvenile detention and a federal prison stint for smuggling pot into the US from Mexico. He was released from serving hard time at 24....
The authorities think it was a hate crime. Much of the right thinks it was a justified hate crime. The father certainly told the shooter to hate LGBT people. So do we have permission to politicize this now?

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