This past Saturday, tragedy struck Colorado Springs as news broke of a mass shooting occurring at Club Q, a well-known and LGBTQ-friendly bar. As of Monday, Nov. 21, there is consensus among reports that five patrons of Club Q lost their lives and twenty-five more were injured during the attack. The shooter is currently in police custody, apprehended by the brave actions of other Club Q patrons to put a stop to the violence.

MSNBC’s 9 News has also reported that the shooter had threatened the life of his mother over a year ago with a homemade explosive device, yet there was no record of prosecutors or law enforcement enacting Colorado’s red flag laws. A red flag law is a violence prevention measure brought about when an individual proves they are a danger to themselves or others. Weapons are removed from said individual’s ownership for 14 days, with the potential for longer six-month periods of removal upon the evaluation of a judge. Despite the Club Q shooter proving himself a danger to others in the past, the red flag law designed to protect possible victims and others in the community was not enacted.  Colorado Springs is part of El Paso County, a so-called “sanctuary county” opposing red flag laws and their enforcement.

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