A gunman entered a gay nightclub – or I guess they call them LGBTQ nightclubs now – in Colorado Springs last weekend and opened fire. Five people were killed and 18 were injured. He was finally stopped when a former army soldier pounced on him, kicked his gun away, and pinned him to the floor.
Then Democrats pounced. Not on the gunman, but on Colorado Springs. The New York Times declared that Colorado Springs:
“was known for years as the Vatican of Evangelicals — a home base for a well-funded, well-organized conservative Christian political movement that broadcast dire warnings about the dangers of homosexuality to the nation.”
Other liberal media outlets and prominent Dems piled on, including NBC, Daily Kos and, naturally, Nancy Pelosi.
A small point before moving on: If Colorado Springs is such a homophobic place, how do you explain the existence of a successful gay, er, LGBTQ, nightclub? And if Colorado Springs is such a homophobic place how do you explain the fact (unnoticed or at least unreported by the NYT) that they elected a lesbian mayor to two terms about 20 years ago?
Now to the bigger point. There’s a problem with the Dems’ little hate fest against religious people and conservative people and Colorado Springs, the place they deem the Vatican of such people (and they mean “Vatican” as in “hell”).
The problem is that the killer was indeed from that purported hotbed of hatred for which the Dems are consumed by hate, namely Colorado Springs, but he’s neither conservative nor religious. It turns out he was a non-binary lunatic who’d threatened to blow up his mother’s house last year until a SWAT team arrived to stop him.
He/him goes by “they/them” and so the masculine pronouns referencing them herein are hereby changed to “they” even if I don’t go to the trouble of doing so on my keyboard. About one thing, I will agree with them: they are right that they aren’t really a man.
A person stooping to the level of the Dems might suggest that the correlation between violent messed-up people and non-binary people is much greater than the correlation between violent messed-up people and conservative religious ones, but the point is not worth researching and so I won’t go there.
I like the Springs. It was a good place to grow up. The mountains rising to majestic 14,115-foot Pikes Peak gave me a love for hiking and climbing that I still enjoy. I’m not homosexual, homophobic, murderous, or any of the alphabet demography. I am indeed conservative and Christian, though I don’t attend church.
Many of the people in the Springs were and are politically conservative, religious, and welcoming.
Note that the last conjunctive in the preceding sentence is “and” not “but.” To substitute “but” for “and” would be, in my mind, nearly as bigoted as saying “He’s black, but smart.”
That seems obvious, but the media can’t or won’t get it straight. Maybe that’s because so many of them are not conservative and not religious. Even the Wall Street Journal falls into the trap. They recently published a positive piece on Colorado Springs as a place to live, but even they found it necessary to warn the reader of the alleged homophobia. (I’ve noticed that the young reporters at the Journal’s news pages are much more woke than the grownups on the editorial pages.)
Let’s conduct a little thought experiment. Assume for a moment that the killer was indeed a religious conservative, as many (not all) Dems had ardently prayed he would be and therefore believed he was. Is that grounds for condemning half a million other people merely because they happen to live in the same city?
For many Dems, the answer is yes. For many Dems, a shooting tragedy is not an occasion for mourning, but for celebration. Because it’s additional ammo for their cause.