The motive behind Colorado Springs shooter Robert Lewis Dear’s murderous rampage Friday has yet to be determined, but that has not stopped numerous media outlets from speculating that the proximity of the shooting to abortion provider Planned Parenthood had something to do with the deadly incident.
CNN, for example, wanted readers at its website to know that Planned Parenthood has been “a target in the past” and the New York Daily News went a step further, pinning the shootings squarely on the Center for Medical Progress videos.
Even U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who should know better, got in on the act, releasing a statement yesterday that read in part:
This unconscionable attack was not only a crime against the Colorado Springs community, but a crime against women receiving healthcare services at Planned Parenthood, law enforcement seeking to protect and serve, and other innocent people.
But the Colorado Springs Gazette reported at 1:34 p.m. yesterday:
Colorado Springs police says there is no connection to Planned Parenthood and shooting victims are getting treatment.
Additionally, it is not clear where the shooting started. The Denver Post reported:
[At 11:40 a.m.] the Colorado Springs police scanner began to erupt. ‘They are advising someone in the parking lot is shooting,’ a dispatcher hollered, according to archives captured on Broadcastify.com. ‘Actually we are getting several more calls now.’
Jennifer Mascia, a “staff writer” for an anti-Second Amendment publication tweeted:
"All the shooting went down at the Chase bank," which is next door to Planned Parenthood, a witness said on #MSNBC
— Jennifer Mascia (@JenniferMascia) November 27, 2015
While Robert Lewis Dear’s motive remains unknown, the location of where the shooting began would certainly be a helpful. albeit non-definitive, clue.
In the meantime, it would be useful if the Obama administration and the mainstream media took it down a notch and waited for police to sort out the details before leaping to conclusions that fit their narrative.
Cross-posted at TrevorLoudon.com.