In spite of the sadness and anger felt on both sides of the political aisle over the senseless killing of three people on Saturday in Colorado Springs, there will be some liberals who are going to use a very wide brush to paint all conservatives as crazies, and will feel satisfied in their self-righteous indignation and false moral superiority over those of us who oppose abortion.
Vicki Cowart, the CEO of the Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is claiming that the shooter, Robert Dear, held anti-abortion views. "We are learning that eyewitnesses confirm that the man who will be charged with the tragic and senseless shooting that resulted in the deaths of three people and injuries to nine others at Planned Parenthood's health center in Colorado Springs was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion."
Cowart calls the Planned Parenthood (PP) clinic a "health center" because she may be motivated to paint the abortion clinic in a better light--just a guess, not a fact. And to say he was "motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion" gives Robert Dear credit for brain cells he doesn't possess.
It makes sense to question the validity of the claim that Dear was a champion of the conceived but yet unborn. He might be, but I don't trust the claim at this time. His thinking, I suspect, was influenced by the latest media videos showing PP selling baby parts. He spoke to that after he was arrested.
There's an interesting article about Dear in American Thinker. It may shed some light on who he is.
However, if Dear killed people to stop them from killing people, then it is highly probable he is mentally ill and does not represent those of us who are pro-life.
Cowart said, "This is an appalling act of violence targeting access to health care and terrorizing skilled and dedicated health care professionals."
Of course it's an appalling act of violence. But to say it targeted access to health care is to stretch the definition of health beyond its meaning. Just ask the babies. Oh wait, you can't--they're dead.
Another question is whether Dear actually targeted the "health care professionals" or the access to the abortion clinic. (See, when you call it by its major reason for existence it sounds different than the way PP would want you to hear it.)
A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that Dear made a "no more baby parts" remark following his arrest, so yes, this gives credence to the claim that he was targeting PP. The official could not be identified due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation--therefore, we too should be slow to judge the motivation of this deranged man.
I am in no way defending Robert Dear. He is crazy, dangerous and does not in any way, shape or form represent pro-life conservatives. I am extremely sorry for the loss of life. It's just that the soundbites of politics seems to be making an appearance.
And just because Dear is apparently mentally ill does not change my beliefs concerning abortion and gun control issues, but normal people write about them or protest about them, they don't kill about them.
Even U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has politicized the incident saying that the Friday attack was a crime against women receiving health care services. (Not from the baby's perspective.) It is not the job of the AG to make political statements, but trying to stop a liberal from doing that is like getting a liberal president to stop a BP Gulf Coast oil spill.
Finally, people who knew Dear said he never spoke about religion or abortion, and he had few religious or political leanings. Perhaps if he had positive religious views, he would have seen his actions in a different light.
In any case, Robert Dear does not represent conservatives or any normal person.