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Analyzing the San Bernadino shooting

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

12-07-2015 16:56 BJT

By Han Xudong, National Defense University

At least 14 people were killed and 23 others injured in a shooting on Dec. 2 in San Bernardino, California. This was the 353rd mass shooting in the United States (US) this year, and regarded as an act of terrorism. American culture supports the right to bear arms.


The Anglo-Saxon race accounts for a majority of the nation’s population. The consciousness of Anglo-Saxons has become the ideology of American mainstream society. Anglo-Saxons support guns as necessities. It’s common for many Americans to possess guns. Racial and ethnic discrimination in the US cause troubles. Since Columbus discovered the new continent, many immigrants moved to North America. The US is an immigration nation with more than 100 ethnic groups residing.

Immigrants from Northern and Western Europe before 1880 were Anglo-Saxons who landed in Plymouth and Jamestown and constituted the mainstream society of the US. They considered themselves higher ethnic groups and despised other groups. This is the root of ethnic discrimination in the US, since many shootings have been provoked by ethnic discrimination. 

Domestic terrorists in the US are colluding with international terrorism forces, which have been rampant. Nevertheless, the US has adopted “double standards” to combat such forces, while overseas terrorists were not eliminated and domestic ones have infiltrated a stronger presence in the country.

When the US concentrated on hitting overseas terrorists, domestic forces would spark troubles and create breathing space for overseas terrorists. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) neglected their duties. After the 911 terror in 2001, Washington established the DHS to take charge of domestic security and guard against terrorist activities.

Although Washington has built a massive counter-terrorism intelligence network in the world, they still cannot get accurate intelligence on domestic terrorist activity.  They lack powerful prevention measures from individuals participating in terrorist activities through the internet.  Such poor intelligence support was responsible for frequent domestic terrorist incidents.  


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