Terror Strikes California

Staff Writer: John Mack

On December 2, in the city of San Bernardino, California, 14 people were killed in a terrorist attack on a regional center. These attacks were perpetrated by a husband and wife who were radicalized by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The impact of this attack is continuing to impact everyday life.

At the small regional center, in addition to the 14 people killed, 23 were injured in the terrorist attack. The attackers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were inspired by ISIS to attack in the U.S., and both were radicalized before they met. Farook had actually been planning an attack in 2012, but according to police, he got scared after terrorists were arrested. Malik was born in Pakistan and lived in Saudi Arabia before meeting Farook online. Authorities say that she was able to enter the U.S. with a spousal visa to meet up with Farook and plan the terrorist attack.

This continues a fall of many terrorist and gun violence attacks. In November, ISIS attacked the city of Paris with multiple terrorists and a bomb outside the French National Stadium. One hundred and thirty people died and 370 more were injured in an attack ISIS claimed responsibility for.

Also in November, a gunman killed three and injured nine at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado. The gunman was not part of any terrorist organization, but wanted to stop Planned Parenthood because of several controversial videos released by an anti-abortion organization.

This attack has caused many politicians to demand change in America’s gun laws. A bill voted down would have banned people on the no-fly list from buying guns. “If we don’t do something soon more terrorism will continue,” said on Woodstock student.

Many politicians have also said that gun control will not work but better immigration laws. Controversially, Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S., which sparked a major backlash from Republicans and Democrats.

As the controversy continues many are starting to wonder what will happen next in the dramatic fall of terrorism continues. Many have bought more guns for themselves to defend them from another possible attack. It is hard to tell what will happen next, but in the words of one Woodstock student, “The time to take action is now, so we are not the next targets.”


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