Obama On Planned Parenthood Shooting: We Can't Let This Become Normal
As he has done in his previous statements on shootings, Obama spoke about the need to have stricter gun control:
This is not normal. 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 is enough.
Obama used the term "terrorizing" in his statement to make it clear what kind of act this was, even if an official motive has not been given:
We don’t yet know what this particular gunman’s so-called motive was for shooting twelve people, or for terrorizing an entire community, when he opened fire with an assault weapon and took hostages at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado.
The gunman was identified by authorities as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear.
He is in police custody without bail and will have a preliminary hearing on Monday.
Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain put out a statement saying that their heart is "broken."
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, tweeted that Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain is continuing to practice today.
Three people died in the hours-long shooting, including Garrett Swasey, a police officer from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs police department, and two civilians.