Speaking in an interview with ABC News, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee batted away any claim that the deadly shootings in Colorado Springs, Colorado, were an act of domestic terrorism. Agreeing with Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) was Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee. McCaul said of the shooting that claimed three lives and several wounded on November 27, "It's a tragedy... It's, I think, a mental health crisis."
McCaul, speaking on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," said on November 29 "I don't think it would fall under quite the definition of domestic terrorism, although I'll leave that to the Justice Department to make that determination." He called for enforcing existing law, which forbids the mentally deficient from obtaining firearms, he said.
Robert Lewis Dear, a man who has been described as a loner, allegedly shot three persons to death while holed up in a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Nine others were wounded. Now in custody, Dear has been reported to have expressed anti-government views.
Schiff said, "Well, I think this is a big issue that there's too ready access of people who are seriously mentally ill to firearms."
"But nothing we have done has worked because essentially we have done nothing,” added Schiff. “The -- the background checks are not universal, so even if people who are mentally ill would be barred if they buy it off the back of a truck or they buy it at a gun show, it's not going to stop them from getting a weapon. If they can still have access to very powerful weapons with extended ammunition clips, they're still going to be able to kill a lot of people.”
He added, "We have to do something other than this routine now pantomime of condolence every time we have a mass shooting," Schiff added. "That is simply not enough. And it's just unendurable."
Obama administration officials, and its supporters, have already said that alleged shooter Dear was motivated by an animus against women. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that it was a "crime against women receiving health care services." Lynch is offering the full resources of her office to investigate the shooting. According to CNN, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said "You can certainly infer what (the motive) may have been in terms of where it took place and the manner in which it took place." And Vicki Cowart, president of abortion provider Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains said the shooter "was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion."