A good guy without a gun: How Richard Fierro became the hero of Colorado Springs’ Club Q massacre
Richard Fierro, with his brother Ed, left, by his side, describes how he took the shooter down the night of the shooting at Club Q while outside of his home on Nov. 21, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. - Helen H. Richardson/THE DENVER POST/TNS

In Colorado Springs on Saturday night, Richard Fierro, a U.S. Army vet who’d deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan, went to an LGBTQ nightclub with his wife to celebrate a friend’s birthday. There was dancing and a drag show. In came a man with a head full of hate, wearing body armor and wielding an AR-15-style assault rifle, both of which are legal in Colorado, 23 years after the Columbine massacre and a decade after the mass shooting in an Aurora movie theater. He possessed that gun despite just last year having threatened his mother with a homemade bomb, forcing crisis negoti...