Monday, November 21, 2022
Colorado Springs, CO —Today, the Leagues of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado, and the United States issued the following statement in response to the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, CO:
The League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region (LWVPPR), League of Women Voters of Colorado (LWVCO), and League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) grieve the senseless tragedy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, late Saturday night, when a man shot and killed five people and injured at least 19 at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ nightclub.
LWVPPR, LWVCO and LWVUS stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in mourning those killed or injured and grieve with their families, friends, and the entire Colorado Springs community. In times like these, we look to each other for the compassion, strength, and resilience necessary to heal from this horrific event.
“LWVPPR is committed to building a stronger, healthier culture of acceptance that begins with focusing on our local community, continually speaking up against discriminatory campaigns with anti-gay or anti-trans rhetoric, and taking decisive action when necessary,” said LWVPPR spokeperson Shelly Roehrs. “Hate doesn’t belong in a free society. True freedom is based on acceptance, equity, and respect for all. This is what we strive for and what we believe the United States of America should represent.”
LWV, LWVCO and LWVPPR continue to work for common sense gun safety legislation at the local, state, and federal levels to allow all people to live safely and with confidence in their personal and community spaces. For more information on LWV gun safety positions, click here.
We encourage our League membership and the general public to reach out to those affected by this cowardly act of hate and to our LGBTQ+ partners Inside Out Youth Services (insideoutys.org), One Colorado (one-colorado.org) and The Trevor Project (thetrevorproject.org) to show your support.
For questions regarding this statement please contact: Shelly Roehrs, LWVPPR Spokesperson, 719-447-9400, firstname.lastname@example.org