PAGV Co-Chairs Statement on Colorado Springs Shooting


November 22, 2022

“We mourn the five lives taken when a gunman opened fire inside an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, CO on Saturday. We also pray for the speedy recovery of the more than dozen people who were wounded during the rampage in Club Q.

“This terrible attack against the LGBTQ+ community, which happened on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, is sad and sickening. We know hate will not prevail because love will always win.

“We praise the club patrons who bravely stopped the gunman before he shot even more people, but they should have never been put in that position. The alleged 22-year-old gunman reportedly had at least one previous violent incident in which authorities were called. There were red flags that were ignored, which may have allowed him to obtain the semi-automatic rifle he used to inflict carnage in the nightclub.

“We are ready to work with lawmakers to end these mass shootings that plague our nation. We must do all we can to save lives.”


PAGV is an independent coalition of approximately 70 prosecutors from diverse jurisdictions throughout the United States, working toward solutions to end gun violence. The group is co-chaired by Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, and brings together prosecutors to discuss policies, legislation, and strategies to help prevent and confront gun violence in their jurisdictions.

To stay up to date with PAGV’s progress, join the mailing list at, and follow PAGV on Facebook and Twitter.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s