Colorado Springs Gay Bar Attacker: Existing Gun Laws Not Enforced

The anti-gun rights crowd wants to impose more gun laws on law-abiding gun owners. So, it’s stunning the number of times a “mass shooting” occurs and America learns existing gun laws weren’t followed.

For example, in Washington D.C., the city council recently voted to “overhaul” the city’s criminal code, reducing the severity of gun laws used to prosecute people committing crimes with guns. 

In Colorado Springs in a recent heinous gay nightclub murder spree, five were killed and 25 wounded. According to ABC News, the suspect was apparently allowed to evade existing gun laws, including “red flag” laws supposedly designed to stop people from committing these crimes.

The New York Post reported a neighbor told CBS News, “He was addicted to opium and opened up about a previous heroin addiction.” Reportedly, the suspect was openly hostile toward gay people, often using slurs. 

The previous incident wasn’t subtle. The suspect allegedly threatened to kill his mother with a homemade bomb. This threat was serious enough to force “neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the bomb squad…” and hostage negotiators responded. 

ABC was unable to locate a public record to learn if “prosecutors moved forward with felony kidnapping and menacing charges…” or if authorities attempted to trigger Colorado’s “red flag” law. Then authorities could have confiscated any guns and ammunition “the man’s mother says he had with him.”

Gun rights advocates are rightly suspicious of “red flag” laws, which can be abused. Still, even absent red flag laws, there was likely probable cause the suspect had committed a violent crime: threats to kill.

Police could have collected his weapons as evidence or a court order could have allowed them to seize any weapons, at least, temporarily. Also, the incident likely fell under domestic violence criteria, elevating its seriousness.  

According to ABC, The Gazette “reported that prosecutors did not pursue any charges in the case and that records were sealed.” Colorado law prevents authorities from commenting on sealed cases.

However, the question remains. Why wasn’t the suspect prosecuted for threats to kill serious enough to deploy a bomb squad and evacuate neighbors?   

 

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