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On Saturday night, as you may now have read, a 22-year-old man called Anderson Lee Aldrich walked into a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs and opened fire. By the time he was subdued by patrons, he had murdered five people and injured another 25.
You’ve seen this story before, but no matter how many times you’ve seen it, it never stops being horrifying and it shouldn’t stop. Violence and cruelty should always horrify us every single time. When we start to become cynical about the deaths of other human beings, we have lost something essential to our humanity. Unfortunately, you’re seeing that.
The most obvious question is, why did Anderson Lee Aldrich shoot 30 people? And the truth is, we don’t know. We do know he was clearly a troubled person. Last summer, he threatened to blow up his mother’s house with a bomb. Authorities had to evacuate the neighborhood during the four-hour standoff that ensued. Eventually, he surrendered.
POPPY HARLOW: You’re seeing this video first on CNN. That shows the alleged gunman, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, surrendering to law enforcement. This is just a year ago, in June of 2021, after allegedly making