Friday, October 14, 2016 – 11:15 a.m.
On December 2, 2015, radical Islamic terrorists massacred 14 people and wounded 21 more in what at that time was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.
It was tragic and shocking. Many of us never believed that San Bernardino would ever be the epicenter for a terrorist attack.
San Bernardino County employees, residents of San Bernardino, and the entire Inland Empire community rallied together in a sign of unity and strength. It was a remarkable period in our history that will never be forgotten.
Local Leaders Answer the Call
Our local elected officials and leaders showed strength, resolve, and courage. I’ll never forget watching San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan and how well he handled the numerous press conferences. And I felt that Supervisor Janice Rutherford was particularly eloquent with her moving comments.
The city and county were represented well. It was encouraging and refreshing to see competence and leadership during such a dark, uncertain time.
Supervisor Lovingood’s Proposal
Supervisor Robert Lovingood, who represents the High Desert communities (e.g. Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Victorville), published an opinion piece in response to the attack about a month later.
He argued that the county government should change its policy regarding whether or not county employees could carry concealed weapons at work. He also advocated for strategically placed weapons caches around the expansive county and encouraged members of the public to apply for concealed weapons permits.
While there was some rumblings that this was a politically calculated exploitation of a tragic event by an elected official during an election year, there was minimal — if any, public criticism of Supervisor Lovingood.
His proposal made national news, as one would expect. No doubt, earned media is always good for any political campaign.
All Talk & No Action?
However, since his proposal was unveiled in January, I haven’t heard a peep about it since. Based on my search of the board agenda items going back to January 2016, I could not locate any proposal being brought before the board.
If you are going to race to get headlines after a terrorist attack, don’t the people deserve to be updated as to why you abandoned the effort?
It sure seems to me that Robert Lovingood sought to exploit one of the darkest days in American history for political gain, and it bothers me.
What say you?
Do you think Lovingood was exploiting this event for political gain or do you think I am being too hard on him?
Here is a link to his Facebook page, feel free to ask him for a status update on his proposal to make San Bernardino County safer.