Politics

Only 3 Presidential Candidates Have Reacted to the Planned Parenthood Attack

Only three 2016 presidential candidates have reacted to the shooting at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday, all of whom are Democrats. 

Former Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton retweeted a statement from Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, that said that she stands with Planned Parenthood. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders also tweeted his reaction and thanked law enforcement for their efforts to contain the situation. 

And former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley offered his thoughts and prayers. 

Currently, no GOP candidate has weighed in on the shooting. Republican front-runner Donald Trump used Twitter to plug a campaign event in Sarasota, Florida.

Sen. Marco Rubio's only tweet the last 24 hours appears to have been a scheduled plug for his campaign merchandise. 

And former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has only tweeted an op-ed he wrote criticizing President Obama and Clinton's foreign policy positions. 

Obama also responded to the shooting that left three dead, including a police officer Garrett Swasey.

The last thing Americans should have to do, over the holidays or any day, is comfort the families of people killed by gun violence -- people who woke up in the morning and bid their loved ones goodbye with no idea it would be for the last time. And yet, two days after Thanksgiving, that’s what we are forced to do again. We don’t yet know what this particular gunman’s so-called motive was for shooting twelve people, or for terrorizing an entire community, when he opened fire with an assault weapon and took hostages at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado. What we do know is that he killed a cop in the line of duty, along with two of the citizens that police officer was trying to protect. We know that law enforcement saved lives, as so many of them do every day, all across America. And we know that more Americans and their families had fear forced upon them. This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this -- if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience -- then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough. May God bless Officer Garrett Swasey and the Americans he tried to save -- and may He grant the rest of us the courage to do the same thing.