Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado spoke out following the Nov. 27 shooting at a Colorado Springs, Colorado, Planned Parenthood clinic that killed three people, including a police officer.
During a Nov. 29 interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Hickenlooper called the shooting a “form of terrorism” that stemmed from “inflammatory rhetoric.”
“I mean, so many issues now, there are bloggers, and, you know, talk shows where they really focus on trying to get people to that point of boiling over and just intense anger," he said. "And I think maybe it’s time to look at, how do we tone down some of that rhetoric?
“I think as a state, but as a country, we have a lot more thinking about this ... how we make sure we keep guns out of the hands of people that are unstable.”
A law enforcement source said that the shooting suspect, Robert Lewis Dear, made a series of rambling statements upon his arrest, saying at one point, “No more baby parts," the Boston Herald reports.
The shooting took the life of Garrett Swasey, an officer at the University of Colorado. Swasey’s widow, Rachel, released a statement following his death.
“Our loss cannot be expressed in words," the Nov. 29 statement read. "While the nation now knows Garrett as a hero who gave his life for others, he was also a devoted husband of 17 years and a wonderful father to his two children. His greatest joys were his family, his church, and his profession.
“We will cherish his memory, especially those times he spent tossing the football to his son and snuggling with his daughter on the couch ... Garrett found his calling as a police officer. Helping others brought him deep satisfaction.”