President Joe Biden and First Girl Jill Biden referred to as the house owners of Membership Q in Colorado Springs on Thanksgiving to specific their condolences after an armed suspect opened fireplace and killed 5 folks on the homosexual nightclub final weekend.

The Bidens spoke with Nic Grzecka and Matthew Haynes, the co-owners of the venue, which hosts bingo nights with drag queens and Christmas dinners for the town’s LGBTQ+ group. A shooter opened fireplace there, killing 5 folks and injuring 17 others earlier than the suspect was subdued by patrons.

“They reiterated their help for the group in addition to their dedication to preventing again towards hate and gun violence,” the White Home mentioned in an announcement. “Additionally they thanked Nic and Matthew for the unimaginable contributions they’ve made and can proceed to make to Colorado Springs.”

Grzecka and Haynes lambasted right-wing politicians on Wednesday for demonizing the queer group and attacking drag queens with unfounded lies about “grooming” youngsters.

“Mendacity about our group, and making them into one thing they aren’t, creates a unique kind of hate,” Grzecka told The Related Press.

Authorities arrested a suspect, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, who was ordered held with out bail Wednesday as investigators think about homicide and hate crime expenses. Officers haven’t mentioned what motivated the assault.

Biden pledged this week to do “whatever” it takes to start banning assault weapons throughout a lame-duck session of Congress earlier than Republicans take management of the Home in January.

“I’m going to attempt to do away with assault weapons,” Biden mentioned, including he would “begin counting votes” to see how a lot help there’s for such laws.

The president additionally called Richard Fierro this week, an Military veteran credited with tackling the suspect throughout the Membership Q assault.