Once again, we are faced with an outrageous act of violence meant to terrorize the innocent. This was not only an attack on Planned Parenthood, nor on the City of Colorado Springs, but was an attack on all of us, on our freedoms, our shared humanity, and on the values we cherish as Americans. And those values cannot be tarnished by any act of terrorism or by the hateful motives of the person who perpetrated this horrendous crime today.
While it is not yet clear if this was a purposeful attack on Planned Parenthood, this much we do know- domestic terrorism can not and will not be tolerated or endured. I stand firmly with the staff and clients of Planned Parenthood, and will always champion women’s healthcare rights.
My heart is broken for the families and loved ones of the victims of today’s horrific act of violence. Over the past several weeks, Colorado Springs has suffered through two mass shootings. And as they have before, the people of this community will again come together to support one another in the wake of this tragedy.
We should all be grateful for the bravery and sacrifice of local law enforcement officers and first responders and the Planned Parenthood staff who showed tremendous courage over the course of this incident.
This is a heartbreaking and mindless act of violence, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims