The media have tried very hard to make the attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs into a crime committed by a lone wolf..."kept to himself"..."motive was unclear"...move along, nothing to see here. It reminds me of the successful effort to make the Tucson attack on Rep. Gabby Giffords, which killed six including federal Judge John Roll, into the mindless work of a madman. Move along, nothing to see here.
In the case of the latter, author Tom Zoellner wrote the corrective A Safeway in Arizona, putting the rampage squarely into the context of Arizona crazy and specifically the violent threats against Giffords in the election campaign of 2010.
The conceit about the former was made more inconvenient when Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat and former mayor of Denver, labeled the crime "a form of terrorism." It is important to call things by their correct names.
Nor is it out of the right-wing mainstream. Planned Parenthood (whose central Arizona chapter was founded by Barry Goldwater's wife, Peggy) has long been a culture war target. Women seeking to exercise their constitutional rights on reproductive issues have faced a long and growing series of attacks. Notably, in the 1990s, Father Richard John Neuhaus, an eminent conservative intellectual, wrote an essay in his journal First Things that defended "lethal force" against abortion providers and even implied insurrection against the federal government was the moral response to Roe vs. Wade.