Obama says ‘enough is enough’ after latest deadly shooting
US President Barack Obama declared “enough is enough” and made an impassioned call for tighter controls on military-style weapons Saturday, a day after a gunman killed three people at a family planning center.
Details began to emerge about what may have possibly driven the suspected shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, 57, to hold a more than five-hour siege of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday that left a policeman among the dead and nine others wounded.
“Eyewitnesses confirm that the man who will be charged with the tragic and senseless shooting… was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion,” said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains.
“This is an appalling act of violence targeting access to health care and terrorizing skilled and dedicated health care professionals.”
The clinic performs abortions — a highly emotive and divisive issue in America.
Dear eventually surrendered and is in police custody, after just the latest deadly rampage to convulse the United States.
Police said a total of 24 people who had at one point been in a hostage situation were evacuated unharmed from the Planned Parenthood building, while some 300 people hunkered down in surrounding businesses.
Obama said the suspect was armed with an assault weapon and had held hostages at the Planned Parenthood center, from which he opened fire at people outside.
“This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal,” a clearly frustrated Obama said in a statement.
“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.