Planned Parenthood shooting: Iraq war veteran, mother of 2 were attack victims

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A Rhetorical Question.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man accused of killing three people, including a police officer, at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs lived a troubled, isolated life in the Carolinas and Colorado, but acquaintances said he never hinted that he would target the organization. Over the summer, a little-known antiabortion group called the Center for Medical Progress released a series of covertly filmed videos purporting to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal tissue, or “baby parts,” as abortion foes refer to it, for research.In the days after a shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood on Friday left three people dead and nine injured, details are starting to emerge about the victims. Robert Lewis Dear, 57, Is accused of shooting a university police officer who tried to stop the attack, and an Iraq war veteran and a mother of two who were accompanying separate friends to the clinic.

The century-old nonprofit agency has denied wrongdoing, and state and congressional investigations have so far failed to produce proof supporting the allegations. Nevertheless, the casual and sometimes graphic conversations about abortion procedures captured on the videos have provided fodder for conservatives on Capitol Hill, in governor’s mansions and on the presidential campaign trail to seek to strip the organization of government funding. Cruz who described the reproductive health clinic a “criminal enterprise,” guilty of “multiple felonies” during a GOP debate this fall, became the first Republican candidate to say anything in public about the attack when he tweeted his condolences on Saturday: “We know that police officers and civilians have been targeted and lost their lives and our prayers are right now are with the families,” Cruz said.

Neighbors who live near Dear’s former South Carolina home say he hid food in the woods and lived by selling prints of his uncle’s paintings of Southern plantations and the Masters golf tournament. The efforts have led to sometimes passionate commentary on the part of conservatives and Republicans against abortion and sharply critical of Planned Parenthood, striking a tone that abortion rights advocates say created an atmosphere that put clinic workers and patients at risk. A law enforcement official said Dear told authorities “no more baby parts” after being arrested, part of a rambling statement that investigators were parsing to understand the reasoning. By the time the suspect, Robert Dear, was in custody, he had allegedly killed a policeman and two civilians. “Why is it the same knee-jerk Republicans freaking out about ISIS are fostering terrorism in the homeland?

Also killed was Garrett Swasey, 44, a six-year veteran police officer for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a father of two. “This unconscionable attack was not only a crime against the Colorado Springs community, but a crime against women receiving health care services at Planned Parenthood, law enforcement seeking to protect and serve, and other innocent people,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement. Presumably, a number of unborn babies lost their precious lives in the building that day as well, but they will never be named and no memorials will ever be held for them. Recruiting and influencing loonies to do their dirty work to eliminate the evil scourge known as abortion?” rants Bob Lefsetz, “a music industry analyst and critic,” in New York’s Daily News, a tabloid that of late has degenerated into a slightly more high-toned version of Salon. Dear, a South Carolina native who appears to have moved to Colorado last year, was taken into custody at the clinic after an hours-long standoff with police and jailed ahead of a Monday court appearance. The left has predictably turned this outrageous assault on police and civilians into an opportunity to indict Christians, white people, and pro-lifers, despite the fact that religion, race, and politics have nothing to do with this.

Attorney John Walsh said investigators have been in touch with lawyers from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights and National Security divisions, a move that suggests officials could pursue federal charges in addition to state homicide ones. Marc Pino told the Associated Press. “You don’t realize how much you love someone until you can’t tell them anymore,” co-pastor Scott Dontanville, who preached yesterday, said, reported NBC News.

And at least this time there is evidence, albeit far from conclusive, of a political motive: An anonymous “senior law enforcement official” tells the New York Times “that after Mr. One possible avenue could be the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which makes it a crime to injure or intimidate clinic patients and employees. “The case may fit the criteria for a federal domestic terrorism case, but based on my experience, I would be very surprised if this is not simply a local prosecution,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, a former U.S. attorney and state attorney general. “Murder charges will be more than adequate on the local level.” Whatever authorities decide is sure to be controversial, given the political murkiness of Dear’s statements and the debate over Planned Parenthood, which was reignited in July when anti-abortion activists released undercover video they said showed the group’s personnel negotiating the sale of fetal organs.

Planned Parenthood was criticized this year after officials of the organization were secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group discussing how to obtain human tissue from aborted fetuses. Dear ‘said a lot of things’ during his interview, making it difficult for the authorities to pinpoint a specific motivation.” President Obama rushed to politicize the crime. The videos triggered protests and have become an issue in the 2016 presidential election race, as conservatives in Congress seek to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. But interestingly, not only did he frame it solely as part of his lame-duck effort to combat “gun violence” by restricting the lawful purchase of firearms; he pooh-poohed the suggestion that it was political in nature: “We don’t yet know what this particular gunman’s so-called motive was.” Colorado’s Gov. He’s textbook nut, through and through, with the traditional crazed facial expression and shack in the wilderness and everything else to go along with it.

That’s when the name-calling starts.” “What he is did is absolutely abominable, especially to those of us in the pro-life movement, because there’s nothing about any of us that would condone or in any way look the other way at something like this,” Huckabee insisted before taking a pot shot at Secretary of State John Kerry and continuing his usual attacks against Planned Parenthood. “We’re not going to have the kind of language that you heard from John Kerry where he talked about legitimizing or rationalizing terrorist actions,” Huckabee told host Brianna Keilar. “There’s no legitimizing, there’s no rationalizing. He told CNN: “Certainly it’s a form of terrorism, and maybe in some way it’s a function of the inflammatory rhetoric we see on all—so many issues now, there are bloggers and talk shows where they really focus on trying to get people to that point of boiling over. There have also been 17 attempted murders, 42 bombings and 186 arsons and thousands of other incidents, including vandalism, according to the foundation, a trade group for abortion providers. It seems, then, the reason police haven’t, as of this writing, released comprehensive details about his motivation is that his motivations are psychotic and jumbled. Maybe it’s time to look at how do we tone down that rhetoric.” While disavowing any effort to “limit free speech,” the governor said “the United States of America ought to begin a discussion” on how to “begin to tone back the inflammatory rhetoric.” Such a conversation, it seems safe to surmise, would quickly degenerate into a shouting match.

Still, that has not prevented abortion enthusiasts on the left from gleefully spiking the football as if some point has been proven by the random violent outburst of a paranoid hermit. He was shot after stepping outside of the clinic to get cell phone service, according to his brother Leyonte Chandler. “So he ran back inside, trying to help out others,” he continued. “I don’t know where he was at, as far as how many more breaths he had, but he knew.

Within hours of the news breaking, my Facebook and Twitter feeds were clogged by leftists who could not possibly wait to triumphantly inform me that the shooting was my fault. In contrast, on Friday night, Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both tweeted that they “#StandWithPP,” while Martin O’Malley followed suit on Saturday.

As they explained, I should “feel guilty” and be “held accountable” for “inciting” violence by vocally opposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of crushing the skulls of human children (never mind the logistical question of how a kook who lived in the forest without electricity could be incited by bloggers on the internet). The words and actions that horrify abortion foes—as well as decent people with more permissive views on abortion—are uttered and described by current and former Planned Parenthood employees and business associates.

Huffington Post, in one of the most staggeringly manipulative pieces of propaganda-disguised-as-news I’ve ever seen, announced the “return of anti-abortion terror,” and accompanied that headline with an unrelated picture of a Westboro Baptist buffoon from seven years ago. Others relayed information from surveillance cameras and victims in hiding. “We’ve got a report of a victim texting from just east of the lobby,” someone said. Clinton responded to Colorado Springs with this false choice: “We should be supporting Planned Parenthood—not attacking it.” “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out of here during the course of this debate [over accepting Syrian refugees],” President Obama said Nov. 17. “ISIL seeks to exploit the idea that there is a war between Islam and the West.” Why wouldn’t a similar logic apply to the demonization of pro-life Americans in the aftermath of Colorado Springs? In the small town of Hartsel, Colorado, about 60 miles west of Colorado Springs, about a dozen police vehicles and fire trucks were parked on Saturday outside a small white trailer belonging to Dear located on a sprawling swath of land.

Zigmond Post, who lives near the RV where Dear lived, said he didn’t have many interactions with Dear but he said the suspect once gave him a pamphlet opposing President Barack Obama. Jamie Heffelman, owner of the Highline Cafe in Hartsel, said residents would occasionally see the 6-foot-4-inch, 250-pound Dear at the post office to get his mail but he never said much. I’ve never heard even the most radical pro-lifer (a very small demographic) suggest, propose, encourage, or applaud the murder of cops and civilians.

In an interview with Rolling Stone aboard his Boeing 757, Trump said about his plane: ‘It’s bigger than Air Force One, which is a step down from this in every way.’ That statement, of course, is not remotely true. He said that Dear rarely talked to them, and when he did, he tended to offer unsolicited advice such as recommending that Hood put a metal roof on his house so the U.S. government couldn’t spy on him. All of this is readily known to even a schoolchild with a casual interest in airplanes—which raises the question: Where and why would Trump get the idea his plane was bigger?”—S.V. Dáte, NationalJournal.com, Nov. 30 Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown sociologist who is “at work on a book about Obama and race,” has a cover story forthcoming in the new New Republic titled “Yes She Can: Why Hillary Clinton will do more for black people than Obama.” It’s very long, but this sentence seems to sum it up: If Bill Clinton gave black America bad policy and Obama gave black America no policy, then Hillary Clinton is left only with good policy.

Russell and others said the only companion they saw with him was a mangy dog that looked to be in such bad shape they called animal control because they worried he was beating it. We must admit, it’s hard to argue with that logic—though wouldn’t it apply equally well to every other candidate, even Donald Trump? (Carol Muller helps compile Best of the Web. Thanks to Tony Lima, Michele Schiesser, Mike Lavender, Howard Cleaver, Jay Weiser, Michael Smith, Dave Ceely, Michael Capel, Michael Segal, John Sanders, Mordecai Bobrowsky, Zack Russ, Ken Wells, Marc Segan, Irene DeBlasio, Debbie Wells, Eric Jensen, Jacky Harty, Ray Hull, Wes Van Fleet, Kevin Burns, Frederick Welk, Tom Connelly, Richard Belzer and Elliot Eisenberg.

If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. To put that in perspective, Planned Parenthood has butchered 100 times more babies in a day than alleged “anti-abortion activists” have murdered in over 14,000 days. If there existed any statistically significant minority of violent pro-lifers; if murder was viewed as at all acceptable by any portion of the pro-life population; if “anti-abortion terrorism” was an actual problem, there’d be a lot more than eight dead abortionists to show for it over the last four decades. As it stands, George Tiller, the heinous late-term baby executioner who ruthlessly slaughtered thousands of viable and fully developed infants, is the only abortion worker to be killed by an abortion opponent this century.

In light of that fact, it’s clear that abortion workers can go to their jobs and kill babies and make money and walk around in public, and they still have a better chance of getting struck by lightening twice while being devoured by a swarm of piranhas than getting murdered by a “pro-life extremist.” Half the country sees them as serial killers of children, yet they remain basically safe and secure. Pro-aborts should be singing praises to our commitment to peace — a commitment that remains in tact even in the face of their brutality and carnage — rather than waiting eagerly for the once-in-a-decade occurrence of supposed “anti-abortion violence.” The whole routine is beyond ludicrous. Many liberals, including abortionist cartels like the National Abortion Federation, have demanded that pro-lifers change or “tone down” their rhetoric in response to this evil act. Planned Parenthood abortionists and executives spent all weekend tearfully complaining about the mean old pro-lifers who are supposedly so “hateful” and “angry” and “inflammatory” all the time. Even Ben Carson agreed that “hateful rhetoric” on “both sides” has “exacerbated the situation.” A colossally stupid thing for anyone to say, especially a pro-life Republican, considering “pro-life rhetoric” fundamentally consists of promoting the sanctity of life and passionately opposing the destruction of innocent life.

Let me get this straight: someone murdered because we said people shouldn’t murder, so now we should stop criticizing people who murder so that people won’t murder? These statements are true and necessary, and the last thing I would ever do is “tone them down” or take a break from saying them just because some innocent people were murdered at one of their establishments. Innocent people are murdered at their establishments EVERY DAY, and that’s EXACTLY WHY I say them and will continue to say them as loudly and clearly as I can. Yes, I do want to be inflammatory and provocative when I discuss it because my intention is to inflame and provoke a passion for protecting innocent life. Those who feel it must pray to be healed of it, but I simply cannot abide these abortionist acting shocked and offended that other human beings may feel a profound animosity towards them because they regularly massacre precious children.

Yes, we should always be sure to hate the sin and not the sinner, but when the sin is this abominable, the sinner simply has no place to lecture us about our feelings. Speaking of rhetoric, if anyone needs to change it or “tone it down,” it’s probably the side whose rhetoric explicitly justifies the extermination of human beings. We cry out against the murderer who uses a rifle in the lobby for the same reason we cry out against the murderer who uses a scalpel and a suction tube down the hallway in room three. As pro-lifers, we affirm that Officer Garrett Swasey’s life was meaningful and purposeful and beautiful, just as we affirm that those children’s lives were meaningful and purposeful and beautiful.

So while Robert Dear provided us with yet another illustration of why it’s evil to be a mass shooter, he also provided us with an illustration of why it’s evil to be an abortionist. He clearly did not do what we do or what we encourage others to do, because all we do is strive to end the butchery and victimization of the innocent, and we urge others to do the same.

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