On Thursday, 2016 GOP hopefuls linked Calif. massacre to homegrown terrorism. Presidential hopefuls were concerned that the San Bernardino mass shooting may set a dangerous precedent for radical Islamic terrorism in the U.S., although investigators didn’t provide a certain motive of the attack.
Candidates who attended the Republican Jewish Coalition’s yearly gathering also pledged to take measures against radical terrorists on U.S. soil to prevent Paris-like attacks to occur within the nation’s borders.
Last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris reshaped the U.S. presidential race in a matter of days. Republican John Kasich now believes that terrorists plan to destroy the very American way of life.
Other presidential hopefuls rushed to associate this Wednesday’s California massacre, in which 14 people lost their lives, to terrorists raised and trained in the U.S. The attack is the largest of its kind since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting that led to the death of 26 people of which most of them were children.
Chris Christie said in a recent statement that Americans are at risk since terrorists were able to target a facility that treats mentally disabled residents with no apparent motive. Police investigators declined to link the massacre to a terrorist attack.
Moreover, chief of the FBI’s LA Filed Office that now probes the case announced that linking the shooting to a terrorist attack was both “irresponsible and premature.” Investigators now try to see whether the two gunmen, Tashfeen Malik and Rizwan Farook, were part of a radical group or had ties with international radicals.
The two men were both Muslims raised and born in the U.S., had an apparent happy family life and no criminal record. Both of them were shot dead during a gunfight with law enforcement officers shortly after the shooting.
Barack Obama said that the event may or not be ‘terrorist related’ because of the context that spurred it – an office party for the facility’s staffers. Witnesses saw Farook, who was an employee of the center, becoming visibly upset, leaving the room, and returning with Malik.
Ted Cruz criticized President Obama for failing to properly address terrorist threats in the wake of the Paris attacks and called for a ‘war-time’ commander-in-chief.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is now leading the GOP polls, also linked the California attack to ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ He criticized Obama for refusing to bluntly call the attack for what it is.
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