Saturday, November 28, 2015

Domestic insecurity

Word of the attack at Planned Parenthood in Colorado broke into the family's comfortable post-Thanksgiving stupor.
By way of Global Post
The holiday feast itself is such an excessive project that it's accomplishment on the holiday is a bit of an anti-climax. The day after, more active amid the bustle of household projects, is also more of a vacation interlude, less a driven ritual of semi-hysterical cooking.
The shooter turns out to have been 57 or perhaps 59, say the news accounts. Otherwise he qualifies.

According to the Times:

Security concerns at the clinic were high enough that the clinic had a “security room” with a supply of bulletproof vests, but, according to an officer on the scanner, some of the vests are still in the room, and one may have been worn by the gunman.

One of us who had accompanied women to a Planned Parenthood clinic over twenty years ago sighed: "I got out just as we started to have to do that."
Few witnesses to terrorism are this composed. It doesn't stop.


Hattie said...

It's beyond frustrating. What worries me is that the nutjobs have learned that they don't need to go out and harass women in front of Planned Parenthood clinics, the way they did in the 80s. Instead, they can just blow people away. Our resident anti-abortion nutcase is out of our face, mostly, for now, but that doesn't mean he is not up to something, so it's a constant worry.
I'll bet that this latest shooter is someone that the FBI and other agencies have had an eye on for a long time, but they couldn't nab him until he killed people. He killed a cop, too. How will that affect the policing of these fringe types, I wonder. Interesting that they took him alive. Could his white skin have been a factor here?

Susan Leone Starr said...

truth, hattie. i have been blessedly off the internet for 72 hours, and this slaughter and its aftermath are what i've come back to...

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