• Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Colorado Springs Gazette: Thank You and Let Love Conquer Hate | opinion

If space monsters attacked the world this Thanksgiving, people could forget their differences. A common enemy would make us feel the same – each with a common goal for survival.

In this nightmare, leaders take the lead. They defend strangers. Race, gender, sexual orientation, politics or creed matter less than FTX crypto.

If we gather, we could approach the table as if we were all in danger. At this moment, we focus on similarities that outweigh differences.

Uncle MAGA and his left-leaning purple-haired niece respect each other — and keep politics aside.

Monsters are real, so we don’t have to pretend. Think about surviving in Ukraine while a tyrannical dictator bombs innocent civilians and destroys everything they need to survive the winter. Huddled in shelters, left versus right, black versus white, Muslim versus Jew doesn’t matter.

Think of the Uyghurs tortured and enslaved by communist China. Previous disputes are not a problem.

Just think of the victims of at least six domestic mass murders in the last month.

Almost everyone in Colorado has been affected by the massacre that killed five guests and injured dozens more at Club Q in Colorado Springs last weekend.

For moments it was a death zone. The hateful predator was real and bent on killing everyone in sight.

Reasonable people – most of humanity – do not care about the politics, lifestyle, or group identity of those who have been killed, injured, and otherwise traumatized by senseless violence.

During the attack on Club Q, 15-year-old Army veteran, father, husband and businessman Richard Fierro took immediate action and risked his life so others could live. He didn’t care who they were. He grabbed the gunman’s body armor, laid him on the ground and disarmed him. He took the suspect’s pistol and used it to punch him in the face.

After Fierro brought down the killer, club patron Thomas James stepped in to help. A drag queen stomped on the killer’s face with high heels. Survival became a shared concern that outweighed all others.

Known for decades as a safe place for the LGBTQIA+ community, this club was a place where people from all walks of life danced and met with friends, family, acquaintances and strangers.

Those who died include Club Q bartenders Daniel Aston, 28, and Derrick Rump, 38; Kelly Loving, 40, a recent Colorado transplant known for compassion and generosity; Ashley Paugh, 35, wife and mother; and Raymond Green Vance, 22, whose girlfriend – Fierro’s daughter – broke her knee trying to escape.

Despite the different backgrounds of the targets, they were all allies when the bullets flew. Drag queen and army vet fought together.

The crime has sparked a wave of support across Colorado Springs and the rest of the state and country. Any one of us can imagine being in this club, desperate for everyone to live another day.

Banish politics and other divisive issues while celebrating Thanksgiving. We can argue another day. Remember those we lost and those struggling to survive.

Give thanks for heroes among us and for each other’s presence – knowing that we are more alike than we seem.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Editorial Board of the Colorado Springs Gazette

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