Colorado Springs Shooting
In this image taken from El Paso County District Court video, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, center, sits during a court appearance in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Dec. Nov. 6, 2022. Aldrich, the suspect accused of entering a Colorado gay nightclub and opening fire killing five people and wounding 17 others, was charged by prosecutors Tuesday with 305 criminal counts. (El Paso County District Court via AP)
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Aaaaand here we go again. Another mass shooter — this time Anderson Lee Aldrich, the one who shot up a Colorado Springs gay nightclub, murdering five people — had been known to the FBI for over a year before his attack. And the case of the previously reported barricading incident and bomb threat that got him arrested was dropped by the local prosecutor.

It was obviously all just a silly misunderstanding. All the killer did was threaten his family with a bomb and hole up in his home, resulting in the evacuation of a good portion of the surrounding neighborhood.

From USA Today . . .

Aldrich’s grandparents called 911 that day, saying their grandchild was building a bomb in their basement and had threatened them. According to the sealed records, the AP reported, Aldrich told their grandparents they were planning to “conduct a mass shooting and bombing.”

Oh, is that all? Hold on . . .

The FBI was aware of the accused Colorado Springs LGBTQ bar shooter the day before the suspect was arrested for making bomb threats against family members in June 2021, authorities have confirmed.

The 22-year-old who was charged with 305 counts in connection with the Nov. 19 mass killing, Anderson Lee Aldrich, was previously arrested on June 18, 2021, after threatening to kill family members at their home. 

But the FBI was aware of Aldrich at least the day prior, and closed out its case just weeks later, the agency told USA TODAY. The Associated Press first reported on the FBI disclosure.

“The FBI received information on June 17, 2021 concerning Anderson Aldrich. As part of the assessment, the FBI coordinated with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, which arrested Aldrich on June 18, 2021. With state charges pending, the FBI closed its assessment on July 15, 2021,” the FBI said in a statement.

Aldrich joins an ever-growing club of “known wolf” mass shooters like Nikolas Cruz, Omar Mateen, and Nidal Hassan.

Anderson Lee Aldrich. A year and a half before the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting that left five dead, Aldrich, the alleged shooter, was accused of threatening to kill his grandparents if they stood in the way of his plans to become “the next mass killer.” (Colorado Springs Police Department via AP, File)

In this case, the killer’s family didn’t want to cooperate in the prosecution — reportedly out of fear at what Aldrich might do to them. But they probably didn’t really have to. Given the law enforcement response that was required along with the quantity of explosives and other materiel that was found, that should have been enough to get our friends at the ATF involved.

As the AP reports . . .

The Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooter had charges dropped in a 2021 bomb threat case after family members who were terrorized in the incident refused to cooperate, according to the district attorney and unsealed court documents.

The charges were dropped despite authorities a finding a tub with more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of explosive materials and later receiving warnings from other relatives that suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich was sure to hurt or murder a set of grandparents if freed, according to the documents, which were unsealed Thursday.

A former county district attorney is doing his best to blame the lack of prosecution on the reluctance of the family to cooperate.

The former district attorney who was replaced by [current El Paso County District Attorney Michael] Allen told The Associated Press he faced many cases in which people dodged subpoenas, but the inability to serve Aldrich’s family seemed extraordinary.

“I don’t know that they were hiding, but if that was the case, shame on them,” Dan May said of the suspect’s family. “This is an extreme example of apparent manipulation that has resulted in something horrible.”

Yes, well, it isn’t as if they didn’t have any evidence to work with.

Aldrich, 22, was arrested in June 2021 on allegations of making a threat that led to the evacuation of about 10 homes. The documents describe how Aldrich told the frightened grandparents about firearms and bomb-making material in the grandparents’ basement and vowed not to let them interfere with plans for Aldrich to be “the next mass killer” and “go out in a blaze.”

Aldrich — who uses they/them pronouns and is nonbinary, according to their attorneys — holed up in their mother’s home in a standoff with SWAT teams and warned about having armor-piercing rounds and a determination to “go to the end.” Investigators later searched the mother’s and grandparents’ houses and found and seized handguns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, body armor, magazines, a gas mask and a 12-gallon tub with explosive chemicals.

How many “red flags” does one wack-o have to wave before getting psychiatric help? How many FBI agents does it take to screw in a light bulb? How many felonies does someone in El Paso County have to commit before being charged with a crime and jailed or committed?

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  1. And the usual corrective action……..let’s take the guns away from the folks who’ve never considered shootin up a queer club!! Sure, makes sense to me!!!

  2. “Aldrich told their grandparents they were planning”

    Absolute clown world. It took me a few seconds to figure out who they was. Here’s an idea: stop coddling and pandering to mentally ill people. It never ends well. There’s no good reason to rearrange society and adapt to their(plural) absurd demands.

    • Yep, I don’t ask people their pronouns and I wouldn’t bother to remember them if they told me. My language and word choice are not theirs to command.

    • Today US flies (on a taxpayer owned/AF Gulfstream G5) a dog ugly, lesbian, doper who’s only “skill” is to play a kids game (that no one in the US cares to watch) from Eurp to Ft Sam Houston Army Hospital. So the professionals can help her thru her trauma of being a POW. Perhaps the mil pshrinks can fix the obvious preexisting underlying insanity (lesbian doper)?

  3. Well surprise surprise surprise. Wouldn’t want to upset his feelings by charging him. That would screw up his plans to kill a bunch of people and maybe blow up a building or two. After that happens we can ban guns and binary targets and blame it all on conservative wack jobs who cling to their guns and bibles.

  4. I sometimes suspect the bad guys (leftist Soros type prosecutors) turn these guys lose in the hopes of more mayhem in general or maybe a spree killer, but then I realize that this is just the result of laziness and incompetence mixed with a permissive attitude toward people these nitwits see as the downtrodden.

      • No, No, NO! This is what they count on. How many times does it have to happen before we start to understand that it’s not laziness, it’s not stupidity, it’s not a mistake and it’s not an accident?

  5. Having to live in fear with a perp like aldrich must have been for those around him like living hell.
    Unfortunately a bunch of people in high places who should have stopped a train wreck allowed the train to crash and burn taking innocent victims along with it. And just as disgusting as the perp are the knee jerk jerks who use such tragedies as a vehicle to advance their Gun Control rot.

  6. It’s a pretty sweet gig to be able to fail up, harass everyday folks, ignore actual violent lunatics and still get to retire with full bennys after 20 years.

    Does anybody still admire or look up to the feds? Besides little boot-licking Eichmanns that is.

    • They look forward to “retirement” where they can return as a consultant at 4-5x their previous rate.

  7. Well cop haters you got their wish. He was not charged with threating cops during a hostage situation. He made threats at that time about killing police officers. And he was not prosecuted for it. Don’t talk to me about his Republican grandfather getting him off. Talk to me about the district attorney who chose not to file charges that he threatening police officers. Talk to me about the George Soros DA who made that decision.

    A felony charge of threatening police officers would have prevented him from being able to purchase a firearm legally.

    Disarm the FBI agents. And defund the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Repeal all the laws that were created to bring it into existence.

  8. “Known Wolf Redux:”

    Nice play on words, unfortunately absolutely true. Which basically says they don’t give a flying squirrel about crimes committed with guns just as long as they can take yours.

  9. “known to the FBI” snort/guffa. The FBI today is at the beck/call of the demtard party “intelligencia”. They have no time for anything that is not going to be on the evening news. IF they once knew what their mission/role actually was, this is long forgotten/ignored.

    Bombs?? I thought that was the Booze/Smokes/Gats Keystone boys. Every thing else is certainly not the purview of a fed.

  10. But some crazy ex-GF/BF can red-flag you for any reason and your guns are gone and you’re on a watch list in the blink of an eye.

  11. -Ellison ‘Red’ Anderson-
    Now here we go again
    Me and my only lonely best friend
    I shoulda told your mama on you.

  12. I love my kids and will do almost anything for them. Allowing them to threaten me, or my wife is not 1 of them. Nor is allowing/promoting destructive/dangerous behavior.
    Threaten to kill me, my wife, or 1 of the other kids, and that child will find unpleasant consequences. What those may be would depend on the exact issue at hand.

  13. IMO there is a reason the FBI keeps , time and time again, failing to charge these types mentally unstable and dangerous people. I have come to the conclusion the FBI,ATF etc, are allowing these shootings to transpire, so the DNC and ATF can call for semi auto gun bans.
    This is being done by design.

  14. Don’t say his name and pixel his face.
    We’re not the stupid mainstream media here, we don’t want to give this scum the attention he wants.
    But it’s the same story as always: he was on their radar.

  15. so… they/them shot up they-them and was on the radar of another they-them that could have stopped they/them before they shot up they-them.

  16. At this point, I believe the FBI and other federal agencies are allowing this type of thing to just happen. They’re not doing their jobs as the general citizenship thinks they should be doing their job. It makes you wonder if they knew about the 9/11 hijackers and just allowed that to happen.

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