By now most of us have seen the news of the horrific events unfolding in San Bernadino, CA. Up to three shooters, who witnesses say were dressed in body armor and tactical gear and carrying rifles, walked deliberately into a holiday party and began killing and wounding.
There has been much confusion regarding events, understandably enough. But police very early on described the shooters as being deliberate, “on a mission”, to use the exact verbiage.
Even as the event unfolded, there were calls for gun control from, among others, President Obama. He called for measures to be taken to “make Americans safer”, whatever that might mean, but likely can be guessed at. The CA Lt. Governor demanded additional restrictions on guns, in the already draconian California, claiming the day’s events were evidence of that need.
CNN, for their part, had on a series of “experts” who speculated, among other things, that there was no link whatever to Islamic terrorism or foreign terrorists. Using exactly what for a basis, I cannot say. One such analyst openly asked about the shooters being a “militia” attacking a federal facility, like Timothy McVeigh.
While scanning the news channels and internet feeds, I happened by Fox News, and Bill O’Reilly. Normally not a fan, of either Fox or O’Reilly. But he had on two counter-terrorism experts, Jim Hanson and Aaron Cohen, both of whom reported that a name had been circulated in relation to one of the suspects across the police channels in the vicinity of the scene.
The FBI Agent in Charge, in a press conference, danced around the idea of terrorism, saying he “isn’t willing to go down that road yet”. The Sheriff is talking about planning, and other suspects involved. No names of the suspects, though two are “confirmed” dead, one being a female. No word as to whether she was a widow.
The name circulated by police and by news outlets? A name assiduously avoided by the Chief and FBI agent at the press conference. Though they did manage to mention “assault weapons” at least six times.
Had his name been Dennis Saunders, I do believe we would have known it already. Quite some time ago.
All speculation, to be sure. But we shall see, again, how close it is to events. God’s mercy on the souls of the deceased, and the wounded, and those who love them. And God’s mercy on this country of ours.