After an Afghan Muslim terrorist shot up a gay nightclub, the media completely ignored his identity and motives, despite them being clearly stated in his conversations with police, and instead pushed a discredited myth that he was a gay homophobe.
Yes, that was the narrative. Today the media still claims that the Pulse massacre was about homophobia and completely ignores the identity of the shooter.
From the beginning, the media pounced on the fact that the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooter had a Republican grandfather. They then blamed the shooting on everyone from LibsofTikTok to Christopher Rufo for inciting the violence.
Then the shooter’s lawyer filled material claiming that he’s “non-binary”, uses “them\they” pronouns and wants to be known as Mx. Now this might be trolling by the shooter or an attempt by the family and/or the lawyer to create sympathy and change the narrative.
Lawyers generally don’t participate in stunts like this today. For one thing they generally aren’t paid enough to wreck their credibility or careers in the age of the internet. But they will put forward material if they’re told it and sometimes they may not check. Or they will selectively report things. The lawyer for one of the two alt-right plotters who targeted synagogues in New York City emphasized that he was the grandson of a Holocaust survivor. Presumably true, but doesn’t actually change what happened.
Whatever the narrative, a bunch of people were shot and killed in Colorado Springs. Whatever the shooter’s motive, he should be strapped into a chair and the juice turned on.
That said, even the media is introducing some ambiguity into the narrative.
Until age 15, he was known as Nicholas Brink, living in San Antonio, public records show. His parents separated when he was a toddler, and when he was 12, his mother, Laura Voepel, was arrested for suspected arson, according to court documents. She was later found guilty of a lesser offense in connection with the same incident.
At age 15, he became the target of a particularly vicious bout of online bullying in which insulting accusations were posted to a website, along with his name, photos and online aliases, according to a review of the site by The Washington Post. At some point, a YouTube account was created under his name, featuring a crude, profanity-laden animation under the title, “Asian homosexual gets molested.”
For unstated reasons, just before his 16th birthday, the young man petitioned a Texas court — with two of his grandparents’ names on the document — to legally change his entire name. His mother’s name did not appear on the petition.
In June 2021, Aldrich was arrested for an alleged bomb threat, one that prompted a partial evacuation of the Colorado Springs neighborhood where his mother lived at the time. He was charged with kidnapping and felony menacing, but was never prosecuted, for reasons that remain unclear. No bomb was ever found.
Whatever happened here, it’s a safe bet that Brink\Aldrich had some major issues. He should not have been on the loose after what happened in 2021, but as I previously discussed, Colorado embraced criminal justice reform and Aldrich’s mother, like a lot of the mothers of mass shooters, didn’t cut him loose no matter how bad things got.
It’s a familiar story and it’s happening all too often. And we should be talking about that.
Combine divorce, a broken family, a boy raised by an indulgent single mother with her own issues, school bullying and alienation and we have the ingredients for a lot of young male mass shooters.