Club Q mass shootings continue a disturbing trend

You’ve probably heard the latest in America’s ever-growing list of mass shootings. In case you haven’t, here’s a recap — 5 people died and 24 were injured at the gay Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs on the night of the 19th. For many, myself included, this conjures heartbreaking memories of Brian Almonte’s murder, the Pulse nightclub shooting, the Ruby Deluxe attack, or any number of attacks on the LGBT community for the simple crime that exists. President Biden’s insistence that there was “no apparent motive” for this horrific crime feels like a slap in the face at a time when right-wing fear mongering has convinced millions that the LGBT community is catering to children and politicians have built entire platforms on hate. on his face. More than ever, it feels like we’re sliding backwards rather than forwards – and as long as crimes like these continue to be committed, that will be a hard feeling to shake.

At this point, it feels like an old, tired play — a gunman with mental health issues (this time he’s been arrested for threats of violence before) commits a mass murder after the system fails, sparking a national debate over gun control. for a few days and then nothing happens until the cycle starts again. Have we become so desensitized? Is this our new normal? What do we need to wake up and do something?