Last spring following the gruesome attack on a Colorado woman who had her unborn-baby ripped from her womb with a knife state representative and Springs resident Gordon Klingenschmitt said the attack was “the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb”.
Colorado’s second largest city – with a population of 445,800 – has built itself a reputation as a playground for white pro-gun pro-life Evangelical Christians.
It is also home to one army base – two air force bases and an air force.
Colorado Springs featured in the documentary film Jesus Camp where evangelical Christian children were taught to engage in anti-abortion protests.
Two of the film’s lead characters travelled to the New Life Church in Colorado Springs where they met church pastor Ted Haggard – a one-time leader of the National Association of Evangelicals who had weekly communications with president George W Bush.
Haggard resigned from his position later that same year following revelations that he purchased methamphetamine and the services of a male prostitute.