First, becausepro-lifers are so plentiful in America, no one accepts that an obvious nutlike Dear is an accurate representation of how they behave. Only PlannedParenthood and its true believers think like this, and it\’s one of thereasons their public relations efforts have in recent years performed sopoorly. The fact that the officer killed, Garrett Swasey, was a pro-lifeChristian pastor who died attempting to defend people hedisagreed with on the issue of abortion also complicates matters (listen to his last sermon here).
Second, much like thehard case to be made against the National Rifle Association (still more popularthan Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton) in the wake of a shooting like this, noone believes that the NRA is in favor of mass shootings any more than theybelieve that the National Right to Life Committee is in favor of attackingabortion clinics. These organizations and the politicians who agree with themcondemn such attacks, and loudly. They hate crazy people who hurt theirpolitical cause more than anyone else. For those who have been talking aboutmoderate Muslims until they turn blue in the face, depicting the pro-lifecommunity as one giant radicalized group of Robert Lewis Dears is absurd. Thepro-lifers praying and swaying and holding their placards are as responsiblefor this shooting as the Beatles were for Charles Manson\’s violence, and mostpeople know it.
And third – and thisis where things get Alanis Morrissette chaotic Paladin-level ironic – thisframe will not work because the media was so successful at squashing the verystory they now cite as the source of Dear\’s rage: the series of undercovervideos, which have depicted behind-the-scenes activities and conversations atPlanned Parenthood facilities across the country and with their top rankingofficials, showing them engaging in legally questionable and ethically vilebehavior, even to the point of negotiating the sale of baby parts for profit.