Who is Anderson Lee Aldrich, suspect in mass shooting at Colorado gay nightclub?
Police officers stand as they investigate the crime scene in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 dead. (Vernon Bryant/AP)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The day after a gunman stormed the popular gay nightclub in Orlando, gay rights activists gathered in Denver Monday, ready to rally against gun violence.
In the shadow of the Colorado Museum of Nature and Science, more than a dozen activists from the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Colorado — who held signs reading, “No More Guns” — began a rally to show their solidarity with the victims of the shooting this weekend that killed 49 people and wounded 53 more.
But they said what they would come to focus on first was the death of a woman who lived outside of Colorado Springs.
“There are a lot of people around the country who are worried about the things that happen in this country,” said David Schoenbrod, 35, standing with a sign that read, “Hate Is Not an American Value.” He and other activists said they were angry because it took the massacre in Connecticut, in which 20 people were killed, for the nation to learn “how to take a pause and realize that we all have to take responsibility for how we allow the gun violence that happens on a daily basis here in our country.”
Schoenbrod, who is gay, said the deadliest shooting in the U.S. in 30 years took place in Colorado but there are others, like the attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, he said, that have been overlooked by the media. Schoenbrod, who came out four years ago, said when he was first in a relationship he came home to find his partner in the bathroom.
“It was only there that I realized, ‘Oh, wait a minute,'” he said.
The Colorado Springs shooter opened fire Friday afternoon as he sat in a gay nightclub. Forty-nine people were killed and 53 were injured. The gunman is dead, and authorities