Colorado shooting motivation has become one of the biggest stories of 2017.
As the Colorado Springs Gazette reported, “More than 100 people were killed in Colorado Springs in 2017, most of them young people attending a peaceful protest against the city’s gun control laws.”
The shooting led to mass rallies across the country, including in New York City, where thousands of people gathered to protest gun control.
But there’s a new motive in the narrative: the massacre of seven people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic in December.
The motive: Planned Parenthood’s decision to perform a late-term abortion on the women who were using the clinic’s abortion clinic as a medical clinic, which is legal in Colorado.
That decision triggered the most public outcry of the Trump administration’s abortion agenda, and its supporters on the right have been working to portray it as an example of how abortion is morally abhorrent.
In January, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham wrote on her radio show that Planned Parenthood is an “abortion-killing entity.”
The Daily Beast published an article by conservative columnist Michelle Malkin arguing that “Planned Parenthood, which receives government funding and receives millions in taxpayer money, is a ‘black market abortion provider.'”
Ingraham’s claim is also echoed by the Colorado Republican Party, which announced in February that the Republican Party “would be boycotting Planned Parenthood as of January 20.”
The GOP has not responded to a request for comment from The Daily Caller.
This narrative is fueled by the same people who are pushing anti-abortion, anti-choice, and anti-LGBTQ laws around the country.
Anti-abortion and anti/anti-LGBT+ rhetoric has been used by Republicans to rally around their anti-women and anti–LGBT+ agendas.
The anti-choicers are not interested in being heard, they are just here to make sure people don’t make it harder for them to get their way.
The Right Wing Watch’s Chris Stirewalt reported in January that the “pro-life movement has been using anti-government, anti–gun rhetoric to push legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood and to justify the murder of innocent babies and their mothers.”
The anti/pro-choice rhetoric has also been used to push for more restrictions on abortion clinics, including banning late-clinic abortions, and mandating counseling sessions for women.
As Stirefels wrote: “In the end, this is a battle between the pro-life and pro-choice wings of the Republican party.”
The rhetoric is not new.
During the 1980s, the pro/anti–choice wing of the GOP used anti-gay rhetoric to justify their anti–Catholic anti-family values.
But during the current anti/conservative era, anti/choice rhetoric is at the forefront of anti-life, anti—LGBT, and pro/LGBT+ messaging.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, “more than half of Americans have anti-Christian, antiabortion, or anti-LDS sentiments.”
The Guttman Institute also found that anti-Muslim sentiment is at an all-time high, with more than two-thirds of respondents identifying as “anti-Muslim.”
According to a Gallup poll, 59 percent of Americans identify as anti-Semitic.
That’s not surprising when you consider that anti/religious hate is a major component of anti/Christian hatred.
The media and politicians are also fueling anti-Catholic and anti—gay rhetoric. Anti/anti—LGBT+ sentiment is also at an upswing in America, with 63 percent of adults identifying as anti/gay.
While this sentiment has increased in recent years, it’s not a new phenomenon.
In 2012, a Gallup Poll found that nearly 70 percent of Republicans had anti-homosexual attitudes, compared to 32 percent of Democrats.
The rise in anti/LGBTQ sentiment also coincides with a nationwide uptick in anti-woman, antiLGBT, anti-[religious] persecution, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
And that’s not just a conservative problem.
According in a 2013 Gallup Poll, 61 percent of respondents were more likely to believe that LGBT people “are less than human” if they lived in a Christian nation, compared with 32 percent if they were not.
A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 54 percent of those who said they were pro-gay were also pro-LGBT, while only 37 percent of the same respondents were pro–gay.
In 2016, a majority of Americans said they believed the LGBTQ community is more likely than the rest of society to be victims of violence, including anti-bullying, anti[religious] discrimination, antiwar, and hate crimes.
As a result, anti LGBT+ violence has also spiked.
A study by the Anti Equality Project found that in 2016, there were 1,845 anti LGBT violence incidents nationwide, with an additional 3,621 incidents in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
In other words, anti anti-BDS