Nyaa Ferary | Opinions Editor
Robert Dear could face the death penalty after the deadly shooting that happened at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A police officer and two civilians were killed and nine were injured in the five-hour ordeal. Dear claims to be a Christian and has been vocal about his opposition for the health clinic.
It was even reported that when he was arrested he said, “no more baby parts.” He believed that as long as he believed in God his actions would be forgiven. This was enough validation for him to do whatever he wanted.” Christians believe in forgiveness, so if he was so religious he should’ve prayed for those who get abortions rather than trying to kill them off.
Dear has been living in a makeshift shack in North Carolina with no running water or electricity. His previous wives as well as neighbors described Dear as erratic. “Nothing with him was very cognitive,” says neighbor James Russell. Robert Dear killing those people was premeditated and carefully planned.
Since he managed to travel all the way to Colorado, in addition, to his previous opinions about Planned Parenthood, shows that his intentions were planned. His ex-wife Barbara Mescher Micheau said, “For him to plan this and go there, he meant to go there.” She also recounted how in the past, he has glued the locks at a Planned Parenthood near their then home in South Carolina.
A problem that always surfaces when these acts of violence happen is that weapons are so easily accessible. President Obama’s news conference spoke on the state and local government’s responsibility to reform their weapon laws. “At the end of the day, Congress, states, local governments are going to have to act in order to make sure that we’re preventing people who are deranged or have violent tendencies from getting weapons that can magnify the damage that they do,” said President Obama.
State officials don’t want to change their policies on gun violence, yet are still surprised when shootings like this happen. This shooting not only brings up the debate of weapon violence but also the “pro-choice versus pro-life” stance. If a woman chooses to have an abortion, that is no one else’s decision but her own. There is no difference between Robert Dear killing three people and a woman having an abortion. It is still a life lost.
Planned Parenthood is constantly receiving backlash and harassment because of their controversial practices. However, they offer more than just abortions. They also provide services like STD testing and cancer detection. No one has the right to harm innocent people or control a woman’s personal decision about her pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood is not just a clinic that happens to offer abortion procedures; if someone has an issue with abortion they should handle it with the mothers. If the mother doesn’t feel she is ready or willing to have a baby than it is her right to handle the situation the way she feels would be best.
His ex-wives Barbara Micheau and Pamela Ross talked about their abusive relationships with him. He would verbally and physically abuse them. In a NBC News article, Barbara Micheau mentions some of the abuse she endured, “[He] knocked me down and beat my head on a concrete floor.”
He is a hypocrite for killing innocent people that support abortions when he has hurt the women in his personal life. In addition, states should begin reform for their gun laws otherwise there will continue to be mass shootings and random actions of violence.