On Wednesday December 2nd, a holiday banquet was held for employees of a social service center in San Bernardino California. At approximately 2pm, a heavily armed man and woman started open firing on the banquet which resulted in 14 dead and at least 17 others seriously injured. The 27 and 28 year old shooters fled the scene in a black SUV before later coming into contact with the police where a shootout occurred. Both suspects ended up dead and after further investigation, it was concluded that there was probably not a third person involved, which was thought earlier by many including eye witnesses. After further inspection of the two office buildings, two explosive devices were found that were disarmed and deemed a non threat.
Over the past few years, the amount of deaths by mass shootings in America has been absolutely ridiculous, and does not parallel anything else we see in other countries today. Most notably, before this incident, 9 killed on October 1st in Roseburg Oregon, 9 killed on June 18th in Charleston South Carolina, 27 killed in Newtown Connecticut (December 14th, 2012), and 12 killed in Aurora Colorado (July 20th 2012). Obviously, this doesn’t account for the hundreds and hundreds of deaths by gunfire that this generation has grown up with. Looking at all of these shootings honestly makes you step back and wonder, what can we do in order to stop these tragedies from occurring? I sure don’t have the answer and I don’t know if anyone does, but it really makes you wonder, if there were stricter gun control laws, would it prevent some of these things from happening? But as politicians have said in the past, it isn’t a democrat vs republican debate, and it isn’t a liberal vs conservative debate. Somehow, some way, we need stop these acts of terror from occurring.