The Planned Parenthood shooting in my hometown was the 351st mass shooting in the U.S. this year. We have to talk about it. If we don't, I fear we will only see mass violence in our streets. Perhaps the people of Colorado are actually better equipped than most to untangle this knot we've all tied.
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The connection between the words used by both public officials and the alleged shooter is chilling, and it demands that we examine the vitriol used in debates about women's reproductive health, particularly coming from anti-choice activists.
I am tired of being told to not politicize shootings, even though I know I'll have barely recovered from this one when I hear of more. I'm tired of seeing reporters and politicians openly wonder how this could have happened. The shooting at Planned Parenthood is an act of domestic terrorism with a very specific target.
Planned Parenthood is under attack. The 2016 GOP presidential candidates are fanning the flames of anti-abortion terrorists. The Republican Party is fueling incidents of violent extremism taking place at clinic locations across the country.
The silence from the "pro-life" crowd is appalling and damning, now that their rhetoric of "baby killer" has, once again, been taken seriously by someone who didn't realize they were just putting on political theater.
When Republicans talk about "defunding" Planned Parenthood, as nearly all of the GOP presidential candidates have, they're talking about cutting off millions of patients from life-saving preventive care and a provider they know and trust.
It wasn't this new "American Terrorism" term that's been used lately to counter stereotypes against Islamophobia. It's much deeper than that. White Supremacy-the over-arching oppressive sense of entitlement by racist/sexist white men-is what's killing many in this country, and have been since the beginning of America's birth.
We need a real discussion around conscious reproduction and the termination of unwanted pregnancies.
When the perpetrator of terrorism is mainly motivated by his or her own religious views -- say, about abortion -- then it is by definition Christian terrorism. All the killings of abortion clinic doctors and other employees are nothing short of Christian terrorism.
The question being asked by Gov. John Hickenlooper is, are shootings, like Friday's massacre in Colorado Springs, caused by "inflamatory rhetoric" of some anti-abortion crusaders?
Imagine if a Muslim gunman had opened fire at an American shopping center on Black Friday, shot eleven people and killed three, including a police officer. Do you think CNN would have broken away from programming just hours after the shooter was apprehended in order to air a pop culture documentary?
Last week's attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs will not be the last episode of anti-clinic violence in America. It was far from the first.
I'm not suggesting Trump, Carson, Fiorina, or any other presidential candidate is directly to blame for hate crimes erupting across America. But by virtue of their standing as presidential candidates, their words carry particular weight. They have a responsibility to calm people with the truth rather than stir them up with lies.
Following the recent mass shooter attack in Colorado, many Americans are rightly considering the deadly and foreseeable consequences of the right-wing media's role in the dissemenation of demonstrably false accusations of fetal body part sales by the national community health care provider Planned Parenthood.