The Sick Punchline To Colorado’s Planned Parenthood Shooting Will Make You Sad For America (IMAGE)

Whenever tragedy strikes, there is often one detail buried amid the carnage that, once uncovered, serves as a sickening punchline – epitomizing everything wrong with what happened. We just discovered that detail for the right-wing terrorist attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.

One of the witnesses of the shooting was 17-year-old Miranda Schilter. It is the second shooting she has witnessed in the last month.

As the New York Times reports:

[Schilter’s] boyfriend, Jackson Ricker, 18, placed his arms around her waist and his chin on her shoulder and noted that Ms. Schilter had witnessed a different shooting a few weeks earlier when a heavily armed man shot and killed a bicyclist and two women in the downtown. “The first time she cried,” said Mr. Ricker, looking at his dry-eyed girlfriend. “She’s a veteran now.”

Just let that sink in for a moment. America has come to the point where we have so many shootings, that one teenage girl can see two in her own state in a matter of weeks. We have come to the point where we have more people killed in gun crimes at home, than on battlefields overseas. We are killing each other quicker than ISIS could ever have hoped.

The gun-loving, abortion-hating evangelical right of this nation seem content with this state of affairs. In fact, they almost seem to revel in it. It ties into their theory of Holy War and End of Days. Chaos breeds fear, and fear is what they thrive on. They do not want a happy, harmonious, stable America – because happy, harmonious, stable countries do not vote in right-wing, authoritarian, theocratic governments.

President Obama’s statement from the White House sums up the lunacy. There have been more shootings in America during 2015 than there have been days.

While President Obama was only able to hint at those responsible for this horrific status quo – Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was able to go full monty against the GOP, Christian Conservatives and the NRA. As my colleague Jameson Parker reported, Sanders released a simultaneous tweet and statement, both of which railed against the right’s incitement to commit violence against Planned Parenthood. The statement read:

“While we still do not know the shooter’s motive, what is clear is that Planned Parenthood has been the subject of vicious and unsubstantiated statements attacking an organization that provides critical health care for millions of Americans. I strongly support Planned Parenthood and the work it is doing and hope people realize that bitter rhetoric can have unintended consequences.”

But there has been no moment of conscience from the right-wing of America. Quite the opposite. Everyone, from the GOP clown car to the twitter trolls has doubled down on their righteous indignation – many even going so far as to celebrate the attack as a defense of the unborn.

There is no way around it anymore – these people are not patriots. In fact, by any sane definition, they are terrorists, terrorist sympathizers and the facilitators of terror. People are facing death, life-altering mental and physical injuries and the all-pervading fear of ‘where will this terror strike next?’ – all because this ‘coalition of the morally bankrupt’ continues to dominate American politics, and the American media. It’s time to respond in the most American way possible to this enemy within, and destroy them at the ballot box in 2016.

America, let’s make these monsters a thing of the past, by wiping them out of our political system altogether. Then we can start the work of building a better nation, where every American truly has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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