Dec. 19 massacre in San Bernardino causes California to worry for the public’s safety

Story about the Dec. 19 terrorism attacks in California.

Molly Weston

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The massacre was administrated by alleged ISIS supporters

Recent violent attacks shocked the world. Last week, the U.S experienced a mass killing in California.

11 am on Wednesday in San Bernardino, CA, a couple entered a Christmas party wearing masks and machine guns. They opened fire on the participants, killing 14 and wounding 21, police said.

The two armed suspects, Syed Rizean Farook and Tashfeed Malik, were killed by police after a car chase.

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The San Bernardino PD is currently investigating the shooting

The suspect worked at San Bernardino’s county department of public health.

Farook and Malik were attending the party for Farook’s job. According to police, the two left, and returned wearing masks, bullet proof vests, and machine guns.

According to a law enforcement official, the rifles were AR-15’s or similar style weapons.

“They came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission,” San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan said in an interview with ABC News.

This is the nation’s deadliest shooting since the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CN.

A U.S  intelligence official says that the suspect had been in contact with known Islamic extremists via social media.

Authorities have not yet found a determined motive. They are still considering terrorism.

According to a report by CNN in the wake of the tragedy, President Obama has called for more gun control policies and is urging officials to pass protective laws.

“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 the country safer,” the president said.

DHS sophomore Sebastian Fernandez sees these attacks as a product of a lack of gun control policies.

“Things like this are going to keep on happening until we can establish productive gun control laws,” Fernandez said.

Freshman Nick Katinsky agrees with Fernandez and also wonders what would drive this act of violence.

“I don’t understand why anyone would do something like this,” Katinsky said. “What is the gain?”