I join other pro-life leaders in condemning Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The alleged shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, is being arraigned today and we may find out more about him and his motives then.
But everything we know so far indicates that Dear is a deeply disturbed man. He was a recluse. His neighbors avoided him. He had several run-ins with the law, including various charges ranging from domestic abuse to animal cruelty and invasion of privacy.
Nothing indicates that Dear was in any way, shape or form part of or inspired by the pro-life movement. Predictably, that hasn’t stopped voices on the left from attempting to exploit this shooting to smear the roughly one half of the country that believes abortion is, at its core, the taking of innocent human life.
Left-wing media outlets even went so far as to check Dear’s voter registration status. What does that have to do with anything? But, of course, you know the answer — the media were desperately hoping to find out if he was a Republican. It turns out he is a registered independent.
For the last seven years, many on the left have engaged in over-the-top, hateful rhetoric toward the police and then claimed that the assassinations of police officers that followed had nothing to do with their remarks. (A common chant at some Black Lives Matter demonstrations is “Pig in a blanket,” referring to a dead cop with a sheet over his body.)
This same left-wing crowd tells us that mosques around the world where imams preach that infidels must be killed have nothing to do with jihadists who are killing infidels.
The Obama Administration is quick to excuse government-sponsored demonstrations in Tehran where “Death to America, Death to Israel” is chanted by thousands as hyperbole “for domestic consumption,” even though Iran has in fact killed hundreds of American soldiers.
And the left has excoriated Americans who believe marriage is between a man and a woman, calling them bigots, haters and the equivalent of the KKK. Yet it rejects any responsibility for the man who shot up the Family Research Council and was stopped only by the bravery of the security guard on duty that day.
The left has no shame.
Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.