We reported on the San Bernardino mass shooting yesterday, during which 14 people were slaughtered and 17 others wounded while attending a holiday party.

San Bernardino is about 90 miles north of where I live, and the first I heard about the incident was when a series of Facebook emails were sent inquiring if I was alright. I was on my way to my consulting firm, and once there, I discovered a colleague was listening to police scanners. When the reports being broadcast indicated that IED’s had been found, we both said the same thing:

Terrorism.

This is life in the “new normal”. While President Obama was patting climate change activists for their powerful rebuke to ISIS, Syed Rizwan Farook, and his wife Tashfeen Malik apparenlty were organizing an attack involving automatic weapons and tactical military gear.

But officials won’t speculate about a motive:

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said investigators had not determined a motive for the shooting, in which 17 people were wounded. But an official at the FBI, which is working with local agencies, said he could not rule out terrorism as a motive.

“It is a possibility, but we don’t know that yet, and we aren’t willing to go down that road yet,” said David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office.

Meanwhile, those of us who are advocates for the Second Amendment braced ourselves for oncoming gun control inanity…and we were not disappointed.

San Diego conservative W.C. Varones offers this perspective on the Farook, a Muslim who worked for the San Bernardino County Public Health Department as a health inspector, as well as the President’s recent remarks:

Obama is yammering about background checks yet again. Which begs the question: is it Muslims who Obama would bar from gun ownership, or government workers?

While neither France’s nor California’s “gun control” measures could have stopped the Paris or San Bernardino attacks, one thing could have: armed citizens. The attackers had time to stop and reload and begin killing again because nobody in the room or nearby had a concealed weapon.

Perhaps that is why Americans are deciding that their preferred version of “gun control” involves actual gun ownership: National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 gun background check requests on Black Friday.

Furthermore, California has just about the toughest gun control laws in the country…so, theoretically, this type of slaughter should not be happening in this state. But one aspect of the couple’s arsenal is being conveniently overlooked in the political discussions: The explosive devices.

As chilling details emerged about the Muslim couple who unleashed carnage Wednesday morning in Southern California, storming a social services office in tactical gear and assault rifles, killing 14 at an office gathering before dying hours later in a shootout with police, speculation mounted that the pair left their “IED factory” home hell-bent on jihad.

…”They came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

A Fox News video details the police response to the explosives, residue of which are similar to materials used by Al-Queda, and more background on the couple:

One disturbing aspect that has been revealed: The couple left their 6-month old daughter in the care of her grandmother before carrying out their attack.

The investigations are continuing, and even more troubling information is sure to be uncovered.