The news of the shootings Friday at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic spurred many officials and organizations to issue statements.
Early Saturday morning, the White House issued the following statement from President Barack Obama:
"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 12 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."
U.S. Rep Doug Lamborn:
Following comments on the Colorado Springs from the White House, the Colorado Springs Republican said: "I'm sorry that President Obama tried to politicize this tragedy."
"The only appropriate thing to do is to grieve with the families ... and express gratitude to our first responders."
On Friday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke:
"We hold the Colorado Springs community in our thoughts and prayers. The bravery and courage of local law enforcement officers have prevented a dire situation from being far worse, and we are all grateful. We are in contact with Mayor Suthers. All state Public Safety resources are at the ready, if and when needed."
Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet:
"Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, Planned Parenthood, the Colorado Springs Police Department, and the City of Colorado Springs. We are grateful to the first responders who kept the situation from becoming worse and saved lives. Our office is in touch with local officials and has offered any assistance we can provide the community."
Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner:
"Jaime and I are deeply saddened by the events that unfolded in Colorado Springs earlier today. This senseless act of violence is truly tragic and our hearts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time.
"The Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs Fire Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, State Patrol, and federal law enforcement agencies bravely responded to the initial call for help, and quickly worked to contain and stabilize the situation. Our first responders displayed tremendous bravery, and I am grateful for their service and ongoing sacrifice to keep our local community safe.""
Rep. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs said in a statement: "We grieve with the families of those who were killed and wish for the speedy recovery of those who were wounded. We are grateful for the bravery of tghe Colorado Springs Police Department and the other agencies that supported it, especially the UCCS Police, who lost of their own.
"We will get through this, and we will come together. Because in Colorado Springs, we are a resilient and compassionate city. Our mountain setting is beautiful and our people are kind and generous. I ask people around the country and around the world not to judge Colorado Springs by the actions of one individual whose motives, whatever they were, cannot possibly justify murder."
UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak:
It is with great sadness that I share that the tragic events today at the offices of Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs have touched the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
A UCCS police officer, Garrett Swasey, 44, responded in support of Colorado Springs Police to the active shooter situation at about 11:50 a.m. Friday. He was killed in the line of duty.
UCCS officers are sworn, state-certified police officers. Officer Swasey was on duty at the campus and responded in support of Colorado Springs Police.
Officer Swasey was a six-year veteran of the UCCS Police Department.
UCCS is working with Officer Swasey's family and continues to support the Colorado Springs Police Department at the shooting scene.
National Right to Life President Carol Tobias:
National Right to Life, which represents 50 state affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, unequivocally condemns unlawful activities and acts of violence regardless of motivation. The pro-life movement works to protect the right to life and increase respect for human life. The unlawful use of violence is directly contrary to that goal.
ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization:
"While there are still many unanswered questions about today's shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, we know these attacks against Planned Parenthood must end," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains serves thousands of families across Colorado, providing critical health services and education. Our thoughts are with the staff who are proud to provide these services every day, as well as the patients, first responders, and law enforcement who were involved in today's incident."
Michael Sheridan, bishop of Colorado Springs:
“Yesterday, our community experienced an act of pure evil at the local Planned Parenthood clinic. First, and most importantly, let us keep the victims and their families in our prayers. Let us also pray for all who were physically unharmed but experienced the horror of being trapped in or near Planned Parenthood. There is absolutely no excuse for this senseless act of violence. All human life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death. Let us continue to pray for peace and healing for all involved in this tragedy. And let us give thanks for the first responders who bravely protected the public and saved many lives.”