Robert Lewis Dear (1958- ), a White American “lone gunman”, shot 12 people, killing three, at a Planned Parenthood health clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Friday November 27th 2015.
Among his victims, he shot six police officers, killing one. The police, instead of “fearing for their lives” and quickly gunning him down, as they do with Black males as young as 12, talked him into surrendering after a five hour stand-off. They took him alive.
As is the custom in the US with White mass killers, the president spoke of gun control and the press painted him as a “loner” and a nutcase, not as an “extremist” or “terrorist”. Not even as “a possible terrorist”.
Even Planned Parenthood backed away from the T-word. At first they said:
“We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country.”
but then walked that back to:
“We share the concerns of many Americans that the continued attacks against abortion providers and patients, as well as law enforcement officers, is creating a poisonous environment that breeds acts of violence.”
When Fox News read their statement, they left out the bit about extremism and terrorism. Fox News has for months been banging the drum against Planned Parenthood, claiming they sell dead baby parts.
Planned Parenthood provides abortions, which some Americans see as a right, others see as the taking of innocent life.
Planned Parenthood has no metal detectors – they do not want their patients to feel unsafe. But they do have security cameras, safe rooms and employees trained to deal with attacks like this. Dear did not get very far into the building.
Colorado Springs itself is very pro-life and pro-gun. Many are White Evangelical Christians. The US Air Force Academy is just north of town.
- Just the other week in Colorado Springs, a man walked down the street carrying a gun. The police did nothing because Colorado is an open-carry state. Later that same man killed three people.
- Just that morning in front of Planned Parenthood, a priest held a protest mass despite the bitter cold.
The police say that Dear’s motives are unclear, but the mayor says that we can make “inferences from where it took place.”
Dear lives about an hour west of Colorado Springs in Hartsel. People sometimes see him at the post office, but he pretty much keeps to himself. He comes from South Carolina and used to live in the mountains of North Carolina, the same place that gave us Eric Rudolph, a Christian terrorist.
Police record: Dear has been accused of animal cruelty, leering, pushing his wife out of a window, shooting a neighbour’s dog, making threats and so on. He has been arrested several times for stuff like that, but has never been found guilty of any of it.
– Abagond, 2015.
- The term “terrorist”
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- White suspects
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- Corey Jones – kills 0, gunned down
- Tamir Rice – kills 0, gunned down
- John Crawford – kills 0, gunned down
- Sam Dubose – kills 0, gunned down
- Walter Scott – kills 0, gunned down
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- Kenneth Chamberlain – kills 0, gunned down
- Sean Bell – kills 0, gunned down
- The Black Brute stereotype
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