This story originally appeared on High Country News and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Eight years ago, President-elect Barack Obama wanted Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar to be his Interior secretary.
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At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.
… It is in our power to do something about it. I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of the avenues right now. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it. And at some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it.
57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear has been identified as the man who opened
fire at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood yesterday, killing 3 and
injuring 9. Among the injured are 5 police officers, and among the dead
is 44-year-old UCCS police officer, Garrett Swasey and two civilians.
No clear motive for the attack has been released, but according to
unnamed law enforcement sources, Dear said ‘no more baby parts’ in reference
to Planned Parenthood’s abortion services, which has become a hot
button issue in the Republican Party, which is trying to defund the
organization. The shooter also mentioned President Obama, but it is
unclear in what context. According to former associates of Robert, he
was very Anti-Obama, having said many times that the president should be
impeached. Lewis was taken into custody uninjured after an hours-long
standoff and will have his first court appearance on Monday via CCTV.
President Obama spoke about the tragedy, calling for Americans do 'do
something’ about the plague of gun violence in this country. In a
statement, he said “We can’t let it become normal. 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. Period. Enough
Planned Parenthood locations around the country are
reportedly stepping up security, including in New York where the
governor ordered extra police presence at clinics across the state. No
specific threats or plots have been discovered at this time.