Police in San Bernardino, California say the gunman came prepared -They wanted to scare, injure and kill as many people as possible, and that’s exactly what they did.
By the time it was over 14 people were dead – at least 17 injured – and millions around the country wondered and worried about their own safety as they watched it unfold on TV and on the internet.
It is the deadliest shooting since Sandy Hook in December of 2012.
One witness say it sounded like a shooting range:
“Just a bunch of shots, multiple shot, shots going off like crazy, one right after the other.”
But for those inside and the people who knew them, it was pure hell as conveyed by Terry Pettit who read a text message from his daughter who was still inside hiding in the building:
“Shooting in my work. In the office waiting for cops (crying). Pray for us. I am locked in an office. That’s it.”
Wednesday’s shooting occurred at the Inland Regional Center, a facility for people with developmental disabilities.
Lately it seems America has been bombarded with terrorism by gun; whether it’s from mass shooters in San Bernardino or from one on one’s in cities like Chicago almost every single day.
LEE: You gotta start thinking about gun violence.
LEMON: You take on the NRA in the film.
LEE: Well, we have to. I think that we’re at the — the tyranny on (sic) the NRA and the gun manufacturers, because there’s — there’s a profit, you know, in — in what they do. And that means that they’re putting life — you know, they’re putting profits over a human life. That’s my opinion.
President Barack Obama echoing similar sentiment after the shooting:
“Obviously, our hearts go out to the victims and their families.”
“The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.”
“There are some steps we could take – not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings – but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently. Common sense gun safety laws, stronger background checks.”
“For those who are concerned about terrorism, some may be aware of the fact that we have a no-fly list where people can’t get on planes, but those people we don’t allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm and there’s nothing that we can do to stop them. That’s a law that needs to be changed.”
“My hope is we are able to contain this particular shooting, and we don’t yet know what the motives of the shooters are. What we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer, and that we should come together in a bi-partisan basis on every level of government to come together to make these rare as opposed to normal.”
“We should never think this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events, because it doesn’t happen with the same frequency in other countries.”
Today marks the 17th American mass shooting since President Obama took office.
He has said that one of his biggest regrets is not being able to make a positive impact on gun violence and legislation.
He says he has been hamstrung by Congress, the NRA and gun lobbyist.
The same conversations will no doubt take place all over America.
I don’t know what the answer is; gun legislation, more mental health checks – I really don’t know.
But what I do know it’s time to do something.
What I do know is that Americans have an enormous opportunity to do something sooner than later.
Because the most important election in the world is fast approaching and the best way to change things, however you feel about gun laws, the best way to make a difference is right at your fingertips.
Lives depend on it.
Don Lemon: Mass Shootings – Why Your Vote Matters More Than Ever was originally published on blackamericaweb.com