Fourteen people are dead at the hands of a pair of psycho fundamentalists because of a handful of California legislators. Why? Because those legislators blocked a law to close a loophole that enabled the purchase of the automatic weapons.
This Huffingtonpost article explains,
"The Smith & Wesson M&P15 that Farook wielded and Malik's DPMS A-15 were both legal in California despite the state's tough assault weapons ban because they had button mechanisms to release their ammunition magazines. An exception known as the "bullet button loophole" allows rifles that would ordinarily be prohibited to be manufactured and sold if they have the button-release feature, since their magazines are then considered fixed rather than detachable.
The loophole has spawned a cottage industry for gun makers in California, some of whom specialize in specially manufacturing assault-style rifles to comply with state law.
Farook and Malik illegally tampered with the rifles to make their rampage even deadlier, according to Davis. The Smith & Wesson M&P15 had been altered in a failed attempt to make it function like an automatic weapon, she said, while the DPMS A-15 was modified to accommodate 30-round magazines."
That's the background on the weapons situation. Here's why I say that a handful of specific legislators were to blame, as the Huffpo explains,
"A bill that would have closed the loophole was voted down last year in the California State Assembly's Appropriations Committee."
Here's a link to a list of the current appropriations committee members. There are actual names of people there. I'm not sure they were the same ones who blocked the bill that would have closed the loophole. Looking at the list, there's the top Republican on the committee, Frank Bigelow. If he was on the committee, you can be pretty certain he voted to block the loophole. In my mind that makes him an accessory to the fourteen murders.
California Assemblyman Frank Bigelow Appropriations committee -Vice Chair
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I'm not going to go through the complete committee list. But There are people saying that the families of the killers should be killed. I say that these legislators and their families should be shamed and booted out of office.