It’s never a good day when I wake up and have to write about a mass shooting anywhere in the world, but especially here in the United States.
Today is not a good day.
It seems that during the night, an armed attacker entered a nightclub in Colorado Springs.
At least five people were killed and 18 others injured in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub on Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colorado, according to police.
Authorities received numerous 911 calls starting at 11:57 p.m. and responded to the scene at Club Q, said Colorado Springs Police Lt. Pamela Castro.
“They did locate one individual who we believe to be the suspect inside,” said Castro. “At this point in time, the suspect is being treated, but is in custody.”
In a statement on social media, Club Q said it was “devastated by the senseless attack on our community” and thanked “the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.”
Police did not release details of how the shooting ended, but Castro said, “this was not an officer-involved shooting.”
Of course, we don’t know how the customers subdued the alleged attacker. They may well have just mob-tackled the guy and made it impossible for him to kill anyone else.
We simply don’t know.
As per usual, unfortunately, we don’t know why the alleged gunman did this and the police declined to discuss a possible motive for the shooting.
It could have been an attack that targeted this nightclub because of its homosexual clientele or it may have just been a case of the shooter picking a name out of a phone book, to say nothing of it being something else completely.
We simply don’t know at this point.
What we do know, however, is that this was a horrifically tragic event that didn’t need to happen. Someone wanted it to happen and then carried out a brutal shooting for some incomprehensible reason.
Unsurprisingly, some are already making comparisons to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando several years ago. In that attack, a gunman who had declared his allegiance to ISIS killed 49 people.
Thankfully, this attack didn’t reach that level of horror. That’s because people in the club decided not to be victims and went on the offensive.
Good for them.
Look, I’m going to lay it out straight here, even though we don’t know a motive. That’s because the motive doesn’t matter.
If you’re part of a group that may well be targeted for a violent attack because of who you are–and in this day and age, that could be just about anything–then it behooves you to learn how to resist such an attack. For the LGBT community, who was the victim of this attack, there’s Operation Blazing Sword that can help you buy your first gun and get some free training on how to use it.
For other groups, there will be others who will be willing to help you accomplish the same thing.
Get the training and learn how to use your firearm, then fight for your right to carry it so you can meet that threat.
While we don’t know if this guy was subdued by armed citizens or just aggressive folks looking to end the threat or at least go down fighting, not every case will happen this way. Get armed and even the fighting field.