GOP Members Say They Just Want To 'Get It Right'
After the third mass shooting in a week, Republicans in Congress said on Thursday that they were in no hurry to take up new gun legislation. House Speaker Paul Ryan said that there are still too many unknowns about the San Bernardino massacre in which 14 people were killed, though he pointed to what he said was a common theme of mental illness tied to mass shootings. Ryan made a similar statement last Friday after a deadly shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic. He also said banning gun purchases by people on the government's no-fly terror list -- something President Obama urged Wednesday as the minimum Congress could do -- would deny those people their due legal process and violate their rights. Democrats in Congress tried to force several votes on gun measures on Thursday, including expanding background checks, or barring known or suspected terrorists from buying weapons, but Republicans blocked those measures.
These Are The Names Of the San Bernardino Shooting Victims
The San Bernardino police released the names of the victims of Wednesday's mass shooting. They are: Shannon Johnson, 45, Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, Aurora Godoy, 26, Isaac Amanios, 60, Larry Kaufman, 42, Harry Bowman, 46, Yvette Velasco, 27, Sierra Clayborn, 27, Robert Adams, 40, Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, Tin Nguyen, 31, Juan Espinoza, 50, Damian Meins, 58 and Michael Wetzel, 37. "This shooting has caused each victim’s family, friends and co-workers, along with the first responders, to suffer an enormous personal tragedy," Sheriff John McMahon said. Twenty-one victims remain hospitalized. The Los Angeles Times described the victims, here are some of their stories: a dad who married his high school sweetheart, a woman who was the first in her family to "escape Islamic extremism" in Iran, a Messianic Jew who worked with one of the killers and a father of six who was a soccer coach for a team of five-year-old girls whose squad had a princess theme.
Five Fifth Graders Were Involved In The Plot
Five students at Clifton, New Jersey's #11 elementary school, were detained on Wednesday after school officials uncovered their written plot to bring a homemade bomb to school. The kids, all 10 or 11 years old, allegedly planned to use the nonexplosive device packed with vinegar and cinnamon during a field trip to a nearby school and a police source said it was "not a prank... they had a legitimate plan." Parents at the school were angry that they didn't find out about the possible threat until Thursday afternoon via an automated recorded phone call, despite the presence of the bomb squad at the school the day before. All five students were detained, then released to their parents and suspended.