Last night I watched a CBS News reporter ask one of the law enforcement chiefs how the mother of a 6-month old child could have fired those weapons and killed all those people. How what kind of mother of a small child would allow her home to be turned into an arsenal, stockpiled with assault rifles, handguns, and thousands of rounds of ammo? What kind of mother of a small child would be making homemade bombs from materials kept in the home? In other words, how does Mom become a terrorist?
The answer is a woman who never wanted to be a mother and cares nothing about children.
The more I hear and read about that San Bernardino couple who shot up that holiday banquet party the more I’m convinced both the marriage and their 6-month-old baby were shams, a disguise to present themselves as an average, middle class family.
The wife, a Pakistani, had previously pledged her allegiance to ISIS. We don’t know when the male shooter, an American-born citizen, became a radicalized Islamist. My theory is he had both domestic and overseas contacts with ISIS or some other Islamic extremist sect. He was instructed to make contact with a particular woman posting on a specific dating site, fly over to Saudi Arabia and marry her, and bring her back to the states. They would have a baby just to complete the image as your average Muslim-American middle class family pursuing the American Dream.
The male shooter (notice I’m not giving names here?) was an American-born Muslim of Pakistani immigrants. He was beset by an identity crisis: feeling like he didn’t belong to either the Western culture or to the Eastern culture. This identity confusion is common among the type of Muslim who joins a violent, extremist group. This guy had been educated here. He was hired into a civil service job with a great salary and benefits. How badly had this guy been treated when he was growing up or was he just a spoiled brat who hated the country that had given him so much? His phony wife was working as a pharmacist and being paid well for it.
I can’t understand his hatred but I can understand hers–to a point. Go back as far as the 1940s and look at how our country’s presidents and the CIA subverted the governments and people of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and almost everywhere else you could throw a dart at a global map.
For all I know she might have been just another of those deluded young middle class Muslim women who find leaders of those extremist groups sexy and exciting. But I don’t know her history at all.
And I also wonder if this shooting was a planned terrorist attack or if the male shooter let his hatred of a Jewish co-worker get the best of him and decided on his own to make this holiday banquet his first “mission” in defiance of orders he’d received? I think he and his wife actually thought they could get away with it. Besides, from the amount of weapons, ammo, and pipe bombs stockpiled in the home, more such “missions” were obviously being planned either by those two or in conjunction with others. If that was the case, then we’re fortunate that the ego and self-centered thinking of that guy overrode what could be presumed as a series carefully-laid terrorist plots for even further mass murders.
Lastly, I am fuming at Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s “Institute For Legislative Action”, just a fancy name for the gun lobby arm of the NRA. He claims in his USA Today op-ed piece of…that the California gun control laws are all on President Obama’s wishlist and yet this tragedy STILL happened. Just goes to show that gun control isn’t the answer. Except that what Cox conveniently omits in his 2nd Amendment propaganda screed is that while the AR-15s and the Glock 9mm handguns were all bought legally by the male shooter, the AR-15s were illegally altered to make them fully automatic in order to enable them to continually fire the illegal high capacity clips (illegal in California but LEGAL in the NRA-owned states from which the male shooter ordered them online. The type of powerful ammo the shooter bought was also illegal in California but LEGAL was also illegal to order in the NRA-owned states from which the shooter purchased them online). So what Cox tried to cover up was that these gun laws, whether enacted or on Obama’s wish list, would be effective had they been standardized and enforced nationwide.
If people are searching for someone to blame for this latest mass shooting and killing, look up Chris Cox at the NRA or find him on social media networks and tell him what you think about his op-ed thing if you like.