San Bernardino Shooting

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Emily McFarland, Staff Writer

On December 2nd, 2015, at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, the married couple of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire upon the San Bernardino Department of Public Health holiday party and training event, killing 14 and injuring 22. The couple was soon killed by police in a shootout following the attack. The San Bernardino attack is the worst terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001.

    It has been uncovered Farook, a devoted Sunni Muslim, worked for the San Bernardino Department of Public Health for over five years before the attack. The FBI’s investigation into the couple’s lives revealed that they had been, “consuming poison on the internet” and in claiming the work as their own, ISIS has called the two “martyrs”. It has been speculated that Malik pledged her allegiance to ISIS on Facebook, but according to the Associated Press, federal officials claim that there is no evidence of ISIS ever responding to her allegiance, or requesting for her to carry out the attack. Officials believe this was more of an act of self-radicalism inspired by ISIS, but not carried out and requested directly by them, according to the New York Times.

    Each day more information is revealed about the lives of the couple and what exactly happened during the course of this tragic event. Americans have been honoring the lives of those killed and wounded in these brutal attacks, and many people are hoping that this draws more attention to the need for stricter gun control in the United States.

According to the White House’s website, within one of his weekly addresses following the attack, President Obama, “offered his condolences to the families and communities of the victims of the shooting and called on Congress to close a loophole that allows people on the No-Fly list to purchase guns”, as this would have prevented this act of terrorism from occurring.