Not to pretend I'm psychic and amazeballz, but when I saw this club shooting I had a feeling it wasn't some Proud Boy or Christian Conservative. For a few reasons. Let alone us. As awful as those guys are, as-of-yet other groups have, in recent years, committed a lot of homophobic violence. The Orlando nightclub shooter was an Afghan whose family was sympathetic to the Taliban. He grew up hearing violent rhetoric from his family and the people his family associated with. From the time he was little. Every day. It wasn't just bigotry. It's was the Taliban's fetishization of violence. Their collective addiction to it.
What would nonbinary/trans have in common with a Taliban extremist?
Just based on what I see them say/write in their own words, they fantasize about violence. A LOT. Thinking about it, conversing about it, PRAISING it. Taliban members listen to their family's violent hate speech all their lives. Every day. From their relatives and the people their relatives associate with.
The brain is interactive. If you become addicted to violent rhetoric, as well as being brain-washed to believe that you are always righteous and the outgroup is always evil, you are set up to be violent. Most groups have the fallacy that they are righteous and outsiders are not. But not all of them obsess about violence against outsiders.
We know violent media is unhealthy:
The vast majority of laboratory-based experimental studies have revealed that violent media exposure causes increased aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiologic arousal, hostile appraisals, aggressive behavior, and desensitization to violence and decreases prosocial behavior (eg, helping others) and empathy. https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/140/Supplement_2/S142/34161/Screen-Violence-and-Youth-Behavior?autologincheck=redirected?nfToken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
If violent entertainment is bad, think how bad it is when PEOPLE are directly communicating to you that you should be violent. At least some time in the future. The outgroup deserves gruesome punishment. You are saving yourself and others if you make them suffer as much as possible. You are entitled to commit this violence, and you are brave if you do. That evil outgroup- don't you just hate them? When are you going to snap? Grow a spine already!
Now what if you are immersed in that kind of concentrated rage? Not just coming across it occasionally, but every damn day?
This kind of brainwashing works. Communists who wanted a better world for all wound up committing very cruel, disgusting acts of violence against innocent people. Even children. Normal people became deranged Nazis. It's not about left or right- it's about the amount of violence we dedicate our limited brain space to. It doesn't matter if it's leftist or rightist or religious or whatever. It's all the same chicken with different seasonings.
From what I can see, violent rhetoric is a big part of trans and non-binary culture. They now outnumber the "truscum" like Blaire White or Buck Angel. They watch tons of porn, violent media, and preferably violent porn. They are often fascinated with Antifas where they practice confrontation and violence. They take selfies with knives, guns, and bats. They write up grotesque fantasies of what violence they'd like to commit against others. (Especially against women). They share these fantasies and get praised. They give each other tips on what to do and how to do it.
As a result, most people don't like them. But we can't have THAT, now, can we? They believe they are entitled to a warm welcome wherever they go, because they are the Righteous Ones. They don't accept that rejection is part of life, and in many instances, reasonable. They believe they should be off-limits from accountability from outsiders. They only self-flagellate for each other. So even if they are told "you can't come here because of your scary behavior" they immediately believe they are being wronged. They are the righteous, beautiful group, others are the sinful, ugly group, so others need to obey.
TQ folks act this way with each other. Reinforcing each other's behavior. Enabling each other.
And society caved. College hooligans have made actual learning impossible, but they aren't ejected from campus. We pretend the horrible behavior isn't real, or very rare, or if we must, justified. Did you stab an 18 year old kid to death, but you're trans? We'll paint a mural of you in your honor! We just won't mention that you were stabbing a teenager and that's why the cops shot you dead.
I knew the Colorado shooting was unlikely to be one of us. Most of us "terfs" view violence as the problem in the world. The thought of violence is very common in the TQ community, especially with the men. Violence is the solution so long as they are the winners in any given conflict. For TQs that are against violence, they are either silent or silenced. They're outnumbered anyway, especially when they understandably leave the community altogether.
Most of these guys don't go further than the selfies and the murder/rape fantasy posts. But statistically, a few of them will. Many will escalate to things like assault and rape. A few will go to mass shootings. Especially if the ones in question have a brain injury, drug addiction, bad upbringing, etc. It's easy to say "well, it's the brain injury, drug problem, or bad upbringing, then." Except no. It makes no sense to say that the violent brainwashing had zero to do with the violence. You cannot say that words matter, that words can be literal violence, and then claim your calls to violence never led to violence. Misgendering can result in your death, but your calls to murder won't result in someone else's? Obsession with violence plays a role.
Show me the mass shooter that didn't view violent media all fucking day for years on end beforehand. Show me the one that didn't interact with other people obsessed with violence. "Loner" my ass. These loners are usually terminally online with others.
"He was a completely normal boy. He just liked watching gory videos all the time. And talking to other nutcases over the internet."
We're eager to talk about things like drug addiction, brain injury, traumatic upbringing, bullying, but mysteriously disinterested in violence obsession.
You ARE the company you keep. If you immerse yourself in porn, violent media, sharing violent rhetoric with similar people and hi-5ing each other over it, you are simply more likely to partake. If you don't watch porn, don't immerse yourself with non-stop violent media, and don't obsess over violence as a social activity, you are far less likely to partake. Since we largely don't do all those things, it was always unlikely to be one of us.
Why did "Mx. Aldritch" shoot up an LGBTQ nightclub? I don't know, but if I had to guess, he was previously booted out and felt entitled to be there. He no longer felt violence is wrong. He was outraged. LGB people were forced to welcome this garbage into their spaces, even though they are at higher risk of being harmed through violent crime. Lesbians especially were not allowed to set boundaries. And now gay men have also lost that basic right. Violent rhetoric against them was not an acceptable reason to say "you actually are not part of this community." They're forced to all be all under the same umbrella. LGB have to add TQ to the acronym. Even while enduring rape and death threats against them.
That's basically why I don't want these guys around kids or young people. Even if they don't display those behaviors in front of me, many do when they think they can get away with it. I don't see any TQ organizations doing anything about it; rather, they claimed they've been slandered.
No, it's not just a few bad apples.
No, not every group has an influential, violent fringe.
It should be okay to reject someone's company based on their violent rhetoric. It should not be on us to "look at the bigger picture; try to listen to what they're saying." We shouldn't be obligated to keep giving the benefit of the doubt no matter how often we see this kind of scary behavior.
I just don't believe trans is a real orientation, or even a real political movement. It's a social contagion driven by porn and addiction to violent fantasies. It's a mania. That's why the violent rhetoric is so common.