‘Bullies aren’t invincible,’ Club Q’s second hero says in first public statement

One of the people who helped subdue the Club Q shooter in Colorado Springs last weekend said he “just wanted to save the family I found.”

Thomas James, a U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, helped disarm the shooter while another man, a decorated U.S. Army veteran named Richard Fierro, subdued and detained the assailant with his own firearm. fist.

Five people were killed and at least 17 others were injured, including James, who issued his first public statement on Sunday via Centura Penrose Hospital, where he is recovering from undisclosed injuries.

“If I had the choice, I would protect everyone I could from senseless acts of hate in the world, but I am only one person,” James said in the statement. “Fortunately, we are a family and the family takes care of each other. We have come a long way since Stonewall. Bullies are not invincible.

He concluded with a provocative message of hope for young people.

“To young people, I say to be brave,” he said. “Your family is there. You are loved and valued. So when you come out of the closet, swing out.

Here is James’ statement in full:

I just wanted to save the family I had found. If it were up to me, I would protect everyone I could from senseless acts of hate in the world, but I’m only one person.

Fortunately, we are a family and the family takes care of each other. We have come a long way since Stonewall. Bullies are not invincible.

I want to support everyone who has experienced the pain and loss that has been all too common in recent years. My thoughts are with those we lost on November 19 and those who are still recovering from their injuries.

To young people, I say be brave. Your family is there. You are loved and valued. So when you come out of the closet, swing out.




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