Thursday, December 03, 2015

What Do We Know?

What do we know about the mass shooting in San Bernadino, and what conclusions can we draw?  Let's start at Hot Air:
We now know that the shooters were Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27. Until we find some sort of manifesto or hear from somebody with direct knowledge of the family and their activities (which may still happen later) we can’t pin anything down to an absolute certainty. There were plenty of clues though. While most of the news media seemed hesitant to mention it last night, Farook is indeed a Muslim who had recently “become more devout” and began growing out his beard a couple of years ago.
I suspected as much.  Devout Muslim, the religion of peace.  There seems to be a common thread  lately about Muslims slaughtering people.  According to Fox News, the couple had planned the attack and brought explosives.
A law enforcement source told Fox News that the couple were each carrying an AR-15 rifle and a pistol when they were shot and killed by police after a brief chase in their black SUV about 2 miles from the initial shooting site. The source said the vehicle also contained so-called "rollout bags" with multiple pipe bombs, as well as additional ammunition.
They also had planned to record the incident from their particular perspective:
 The couple also had GoPro cameras strapped to their body armor and wore tactical clothing, including vests stuffed with ammunition magazines.

Of course, our President didn't wait long to get in his political message, without even knowing what is going on.
"We don't yet know what the motives of the shooters are but what we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer," Obama said in the interview. "We should never think that this is just something that just happens in the ordinary course of events because it doesn't happen with the same frequency in other countries."
Yeah, Mr. President.  Maybe you should have waited a few hours so that you could offer some intelligent input to the conversation.

About Farook, CNN tells us that he was an environmental health specialist and worked for the county.  He had a degree in environmental health from the University of California.  He has worked for the county for five years.  He and his wife shot up a banquet given by his department, ostensibly a Christmas party.  They left behind bombs rigged to a remote device.  Police are unsure if the device didn't work, or weren't activated.

The Los Angeles chapter of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) had condemned the incident.
"The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any twisted mindset that would claim to justify such sickening acts of violence," Hussam Ayloush, the executive director of CAIR for the Los Angeles area, said in a statement.
I would remind my brother infidels that Taqiyya is a precept of Islam, covered thoroughly in the Koran.  Just sayin'. Lying to infidels is okay.

Fox News is now unabashedly calling it terrorism:
As chilling details emerged about the Muslim couple who unleashed carnage Wednesday morning in Southern California, storming a social services office in tactical gear and assault rifles, killing 14 at an office gathering before dying hours later in a shootout with police, speculation mounted that the pair left their "IED factory" home hell-bent on jihad.
Of course, the usual suspects are calling for tighter gun controls.  The irony is staggering.  This event happened in California, the state with some of the toughest gun controls in the US.  All those laws against (so-called) assault weapons, detachable magazines, "the shoulder-things-that-go-up" did  nothing to prevent this tragedy.  I'll also note that the laws against mass murder, or pipe bombs, or against people carrying guns in public didn't prevent this tragedy.

Conclusions.

1.  If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck:  This is terrorism, plain and simple.  Bombs, rifles, a soft target.  This was not workplace violence, even though he targeted the people he worked with.  Getting into a gathering of people you know is easier, and it made the target softer.  This is jihad, plain and simple.

2.  Take no comfort from the CAIR disavowal.  Muslims are allowed to lie to infidels.  You and I are infidels.

3. New laws won't help, regardless of what our President (or his minions) tell you.  Lots of laws were violated, and none of those laws helped.  There is absolutely no indication that any new laws would have done anything to mitigate this violence.  Not background checks, not gun bans, not any of it.

4. President Obama is being willfully obtuse when the first thing he blames is guns.  The problem is starkly evident to most of the world.  Radical Islam is the problem.  Roger Simon, at PJ Media may say it best.  It's a willful distortion for evil political ends.

1 comment:

6ShotsOr5? said...

Well said. To quote a recent ERJ, "Keep your powder dry and stay away from crowds."