#SanBernardino Shooting: When Terrorism Strikes in Your Backyard

PolitiChicks.comYesterday, the mass shooting that took place in San Bernardino was all the media talked about. And rightfully so.

When I found out about the shooting, I was 30 minutes away with my boss for a client meeting. While having lunch, she received a phone call from son’s teacher saying they were asking parents to pick up the kids as a safety precaution. We had no idea that the shooting was as extreme – or serious – as it turned out to be.

We raced around the Inland Empire and took different freeways to avoid the chaos. Eventually, we made it back to the office, where her kids were safe and sound.

Throughout the rest of the day, we had the San Bernardino police scanner and local news on. The police chase moved east, closer to our office. Around 4:30pm, we heard one officer say they were off the freeway ramp right across the street from our office.

The whole day was surreal. Hearing the national media talking about our neck of the woods, was crazy. In some ways, it was like a flashback to the NAU shootings, where the national media was talking about my alma mater.

Yesterday, I tweeted what I heard on the police scanner – “an Arabic female” was on the loose. Initially, I was called a Xenophobe and an Islamophobe.

Why can’t we call it what it is? This is an act of terrorism that struck my backyard. This is an act of terrorism that people on the left REFUSE to acknowledge because they’re afraid of offending people. The left would rather insult those innocent people who lost their life so that they don’t offend radical Muslim extremists.

As things continue to unfold and the police/FBI release more information, it’s getting harder and harder for the left to stick with their narrative that this was radical Islam.

President Obama has used this massacre as a platform to call for gun control, even if he did so in the subtlest of ways.

Why whenever these tragedies happen, do people flock to gun control? California is one of the strictest – if not the strictest – on guns, yet this still happened. How would placing stricter gun laws impact criminals? They don’t follow the law anyways! If they did, they wouldn’t be criminals, or in this case, terrorists.

When the left talks about stricter gun control, they’re making the assumption that all people follow laws, that all people value life in the same way. The fact is, that’s not the case.

Using tragedies like the one that took place in my backyard as a means of pushing a policy debate is an insult to all of us who live in the area. Let the people of San Bernardino and the surrounding communities grieve. Let the community heal before we start talking policy debate.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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