President Biden condemned gun violence and assaults on the LGBTQ neighborhood following Saturday’s mass taking pictures at Membership Q in Colorado on Sunday.
The president acknowledged that “no motive” had but been decided within the taking pictures, however however linked the assault to the mass taking pictures at Pulse nightclub in Florida six years in the past. Police say 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich killed at the least 5 folks and injured 18 extra in his assault on the nightclub.
“Whereas no motive on this assault is but clear, we know that the LGBTQI+ neighborhood has been subjected to horrific hate violence lately,” Biden wrote. “Gun violence continues to have a devastating and explicit impression on LGBTQI+ communities throughout our nation and threats of violence are rising. We noticed it six years in the past in Orlando, when our nation suffered the deadliest assault affecting the LGBTQI+ neighborhood in American historical past.”
“We should handle the general public well being epidemic of gun violence in all of its varieties. Earlier this 12 months, I signed probably the most vital gun security regulation in almost three many years, along with taking different historic actions. However we should do extra. We have to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of struggle off America’s streets,” he added.
Biden’s assertion got here simply after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi additionally addressed the assault, calling it a “mindless slaughter of 5 stunning souls.”
“The assault on Membership Q, which fell on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, is despicable — additional shattering the sense of security of LGBTQ Individuals throughout the nation,” she wrote in a press release. “Whereas Democrats have taken vital steps to fight gun violence this Congress, this lethal assault is a problem to our conscience and a reminder that we should preserve preventing to do extra.”
Authorities say no motive has been decided for Saturday’s taking pictures to this point, and they’re nonetheless investigating whether or not it was a hate crime. Aldrich is at the moment in custody and receiving therapy for accidents at an area hospital in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez says at the least two “heroic” patrons have been capable of subdue Aldrich simply earlier than police arrived.
Police say they acquired the primary name concerning the assault at 11:56 p.m. on Saturday, and the primary officer was dispatched to the scene at 11:57. The officer arrived to the scene at 12:02 a.m. and took the already-subdued suspect into custody earlier than calling for extra assist.
The investigation is in its early levels, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the scene to help. Many have concluded the taking pictures was motivated by anti-LGBTQ bias, together with the Homosexual and Lesbian Alliance Towards Defamation (GLAAD).
“You’ll be able to draw a straight line from the false and vile rhetoric about LGBTQ folks unfold by extremists and amplified throughout social media, to the almost 300 anti-LGBTQ payments launched this 12 months, to the handfuls of assaults on our neighborhood like this one,” GLAAD’s president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, stated in a press release to the Denver Publish.
Membership Q described the incident as a “hate assault” in a press release, bud didn’t reply to a request for clarification from Fox Information Digital.