Response to “Terrorism is an apolitical issue”

by Lucas Whelan, University student

I agree that terrorism is an apolitical issue. Unfortunately, a comparison in the editorial further politicizes the shooting. The comparison is between Republican and Democratic presidential candidates’ Twitter response times to the tragic shooting in Colorado Springs. 
Comparing response times and showing Republican candidates took half a day longer to respond to the atrocity is your way of painting them as hardened pro-life supporters who feel no sympathy for the victims and their families.
In fact, since the shooting took place, Republican candidates have voiced their sympathy and concern over the issue. For example, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a pro-life supporter who opposes legal abortion said, “It was mass murder. It was absolutely unfathomable.”
Similar rhetoric has come from many other politicians, both Republican and Democrat. Just because the Republican presidential candidates are pro-life doesn’t mean they are evil-spirited and don’t feel saddened and sympathetic to the victims of the shooting. Regardless of your political and moral beliefs, every American should be saddened by this domestic terrorism attack.
The Colorado Springs shooting at a Planned Parenthood should not have been politicized to the extent that it has been. Supporting pro-life views doesn’t mean that you support the attack, carried out for what seems to be an anti-abortion cause.