The day had been ordinary in nature until a special kind of terror unfolded. Two people, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik opened fire on a holiday gathering on December 2, 2015 in San Bernardino, Calif.
The reports had started to come in on this deadly couple that and a shooting spree had definitely occurred and was still a threat as police headed to the scene.
The couple killed 14 people in their terrorist attack and injured 22 more. They were eventually killed by police in a gun battle as reported by the LA Times.
This was marked as one of the largest terrorist attacks on American soil since the attack on the Twin Towers on the fateful September 11, 2001.
The shooting really shook the minds of Californians and Americans, reigniting a stereotype that began it’s large stigma in 2001.
The story streamed through the media and social media leaving few spared from the chatter about the event. Seemingly lots of folks had some things to say about the occurrences and making generalizations.
“Donald Trump believes Muslims in America should be profiled as developments continue to emerge following last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino that officials have called a terrorist attack,” from a LA Times article about the reshaping of the election after such an attack.
Anti-Muslim groups and prejudiced groups, perhaps edged some undecided voters toward the particular views of the Trump campaign.
Where this event gave him a platform to spout his racially and immigrant driven rants. He made a public statement about having a Muslim ban in the US.
It seems as thought this event was fuel to Trump’s fire giving him so much more rhetoric and having the benefit of relevance and time on him hands to make these statements and get this type of attention.
His supporters seem to not bat an eyelash about the comments that he has made and have decided to stand behind the decisions, and may have a slight case of xenophobia.
Clinton took a much more civil approach and mentioned them as, “Shooters,” perhaps taking into the account that there have been other attacks that have not yielded the “terrorist” title, in an article by The DC.
This event spurred the case putting the Federal Government against Apple trying to get the corporations assistance in cracking the pass code on their phones for more information. Which also took over social media, in the curiosity of whether of not Apple would fold into submission the governments demands.
It’s seeming that this tragedy has turned into a rallying point for Trump and his campaign tactics and an excuse for the government to have access to the phones and technological lives of criminals.
Fortunately Apple didn’t succumb to the pressures of the government, but the government found a way to bypass their unwillingness to help.
This tragedy took over like wildfire on so many different levels, with complex dynamic in how different people chose to find words to make their opinion heard using this as a turning point. Clinton, chose to stay out of the name game and talk about the way shootings should be dealt with. Trump spouted off with his banning Muslim movement in his campaign, furthering his separatist tactics. Apple showed what it was made of for not letting the government take over the privacy of their users, and the government showed what it was made of by paying hackers to do the dirty work.
And it was all posted fresh and in front of the faces of Americans on social media.