A Shooting in a Colorado LGBT Club Leaves 5 Dead and 18 Injured, but It Gives Progressives the Chance to Say ‘Stochastic Terrorism’

A man opened fire in Club Q, a self-described LGBTQ club, in Colorado Springs, CO, late Saturday night. Five people were killed. At least 18 people were injured by gunshots or in the stampede to escape. The shooter was 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich. Aldrich was overpowered by customers and held until police arrived. According to police reports, he was armed with a “long gun,” and “two guns” were recovered at the scene. It is unclear if this means the gun used in the shooting, plus one other or two others. “Long gun” is also not defined, but if it had been an “assault rifle,” I think that would have come out in the police press conference.

Though police said the shooter had no previous criminal record, it seems like they were, as the Brits say, “being economical with the truth.” A 21-year-old man named Anderson Lee Aldrich, living in Colorado Springs, was arrested in June 2021 for “two counts of Felony Menacing and three counts of First-Degree Kidnapping.” He was never charged or convicted, and according to some reports, the record is sealed.

Saturday night’s entertainment was a drag show and “punk alternative show.”

There is no word on a motive, but the owners of Club Q are styling it as a “hate attack.” The FBI is on the scene, so we’ll soon find that President Trump and the Russians were behind it all, and it is linked to January 6.

This is what you need to look out for in the coming days. First, the anti-gun forces are going to take a back seat in weaponizing this tragedy. Second, LGBTQIA2S+ activists will use this shooting to claim that criticism of LGBTQIA2S+ activities, particularly that involving teaching it in schools and grooming young kids into that lifestyle, is responsible for this attack. Get ready to learn a new phrase, “stochastic terrorism.” From Dictionary.com, which seems down with the struggle:

the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act, which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted:The lone-wolf attack was apparently influenced by the rhetoric of stochastic terrorism.

They are already after Governor Ron DeSantis.

They are also going after anyone who stands in their way.

“Stochastic terrorism” is just a silly concept that dovetails with “words are violence” and opens the gate for any favored group to shut down all debate because the very existence of the debate will drive people to violence. Of course, no one, at least no sane people, believes it exists, but it is a handy cudgel with which you can belabor your opponents.

 

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