Club Q owners receive Thanksgiving call from President Biden, first lady

Nov. 24—Thanksgiving morning, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden called Club Q owner Nic Grzecka and co-owner Matthew Haynes to offer condolences following last weekend's mass shooting that killed five people including two Club Q employees and injured at least 17 more.

The Bidens offered support and thanked Grzecka and Haynes for the contributions the two have made to the LGBTQ+ community.

Biden on Thursday said he has plans to support a bill banning assault rifles during the lame-duck session before the next Congress forms.

"I'm going to do it whenever — I got to make that assessment as I get in and start counting the votes," Biden said on his way to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family in Nantucket.

There has been a surge of mass shootings and killings leading up the holiday season. Tuesday, a night manager opened fire in a breakroom in Chesapeake, Va., killing six, wounding at least half a dozen more. That followed Saturday's shootings at Club Q. And on Nov. 13, four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death in Moscow, Idaho.

Grzecka noted in his Instagram message that the Diversus Walk-In Crisis Center is closed for the holiday weekend, but will be open Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 28-29 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. It is located at 115 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs. Text TALK to 38255.

Grzecka also praised Gov. Jared Polis, Attorney General Phil Weiser, Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez and Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Nancy Henjum for their work in helping set up a crisis center for his employees and the community.

Mayor John Suthers told The Gazette he has talked to the owners of the club as well.