Thursday, December 3, 2015

CA Shooting

From the BBC:
"San Bernardino: Police seek motive in mass shooting"
US police are trying to establish why a man and woman opened fire at a social services centre in California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 more. The pair, named as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in an exchange of fire with police. President Obama said it was "just too easy" for individuals to carry out such mass shootings in the US. He said it was possible the latest incident was terror-related but the authorities do not know at this stage. The FBI is investigating terrorism and a workplace grudge as possible motives, the bureau's Los Angeles office said earlier.
The incident took place at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, where Farook worked. It marks the deadliest mass shooting in the US since 26 people were killed at a school in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012. Farook and Malik are thought to be a couple with a six-month-old baby. Police said the attack indicated there had been "some degree of planning". The attack took place at an event on Wednesday for Farook's colleagues, which Farook attended. He had been a San Bernardino public health employee for five years, police chief Jarrod Burguan said. Mr Burguan said that Farook had left the event "under some circumstances that were described as angry". He returned with Malik to open fire, armed with assault rifles and semi-automatic handguns and wearing military-style clothing.  Hundreds of people were evacuated as police officers swept through the massive complex. Others locked themselves in rooms waiting for police to arrive. Terry Petit's daughter, who works at the centre, sent him a text message from inside the centre, according to the Associated Press. She wrote: "People shot. In the office waiting for cops. Pray for us. I am locked in an office."   Both suspects were killed in their vehicle after a shoot-out with police involving 20 officers. A tip-off had earlier led police to a house in nearby Redlands. Three explosives devices were also found at the centre.  Farook, who was born in the US, worked for the county as an environmental health specialist, police said. They had no information on whether he had a criminal record, nor further details on Malik. Colleagues told the Los Angeles Times that Farook had travelled to Saudi Arabia and returned with a new wife. The couple had a young baby, they said.
^ While the motive isn't known what is known is that this isn't like most of the other gun shootings in the country in the past year. The media is going on and on about 350 gun shootings in the past 365 days. That is a large number (even 1 is too much) but with this shooting it is clearly a lot more. The recent Planned Parenting shooting involved 1 crazy gun. This one not only involved at least a man and a woman, but also numerous explosives in both the building and their home. To me that shows a big difference in the majority of the shootings in the past year. It suggests more than a simple sick person or couple. It suggests terrorism. Then you hear that the man was a devout Muslim who married a Pakistani-born Muslim from Saudi Arabia and whom recently returned from Saudi Arabia and after all the recent Muslim-related terrorist attacks in Egypt, Tunisia, France, etc where more than guns were used (a bomb on the Russian plane and grenades in France) there seems to be a pattern. This isn't a witch-hunt against Muslims, but anyone  who dismisses all the facts and doesn't at least consider the possibility of terrorism rather than a disgruntled employee is not in their right mind. People want to be politically-correct all the time, but I would rather be a live than politically-correct. I'm not saying the police, FBI, etc.should always assume that any crime or shooting by a Muslim is an act of terrorism, but when there are explosives along with guns then you need to start making the connection. ^

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