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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Syed Farook was an American who Lived in a Densely Republican Pro-NRA Neighborhood

Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, are the suspected shooters at the San Bernardino holiday party last Wednesday, Dec. 2. If we accept the popular version of the story, then politically, at least on the surface, they seem more aligned with conservatives than liberals: they owned several guns and liked to shoot, they chose to live in a "Red State" neighborhood--i.e., a neighborhood known for having an extremely high percentage of Republicans and NRA enthusiasts--they drove a large, gas-guzzling SUV, and they chose violent retaliation as their preferred means of dealing with people with whom they disagreed. All of those things are usually telltale signs of being more politically conservative than liberal. But of course we don't know yet. All we know is what the media is telling us, and the media is only telling us what law enforcement (a traditionally conservative movement) is telling them.