Planned Parenthood Shooting

Planned Parenthood Shooting

Claire Payne, Assistant Content Editor and Staff Writer

On Friday night, November 27th, a gunman stormed a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Before the police took him into custody, he killed one police officer and two civilians, and he injured nine others with gunshot wounds. All Planned Parenthood staff were safe and accounted for after the attack.

The following morning, the police confirmed the gunman was Robert L. Dear, a 57 year old man from North Carolina. He wasn’t taken into custody until hours after the event. The motive is still unconfirmed, but during the police interviews following his arrest, he rambled about “no more baby parts.”

The three victims were Jennifer Markovsky, Ke’Arre Stewart, and police officer Garrett Swasey. Markovksy was a wife and mother of two. She was at the clinic that night to support a friend, according to one of her relatives. Stewart, an Army veteran who did a tour in Iraq, was a father of two daughters. His brother reported that after being shot, Stewart ran back into the building to warn others to take cover. Swasey was a six-year veteran of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ police department. He was a husband and a father of two.

The responses to the shooting have been mixed. Colorado state representative, JoAnn Windholz called Planned Parenthood the “real culprit,” stating that, “violence begets violence. So Planned Parenthood; YOU STOP THE VIOLENCE INSIDE YOUR WALLS.” Both Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz criticized the media of linking the tragedy to anyone who opposed abortion. Donald Trump contributed greatly, wisely calling the shooting “a terrible thing.”

Not everyone has denounced Planned Parenthood for the event. In fact, politicians Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both responded with the defense of Planned Parenthood, saying that we should stand with them. Sanders stated, “Now is not the time to continue a witch hunt for an organization that provides critical healthcare services, from reproductive health care to cancer screenings and preventative services to millions of Americans.”