A Nebraska Congressman says the debate in wake of the San Bernardino shootings has veered off course.
“Well, of course, the San Bernardino tragedy is horrifying to all Americans and it taps into an ever-increasing fear that the government is not able to protect our citizens anymore,” Congressman Jeff Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were killed in a firefight with police shortly after the two shot and killed 14 and wounded 22 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino in early December.
Federal investigators are attempting to find material they believed the two dumped during their brief escape from authorities. They are also looking into how Malik entered the country and when she began displaying sympathy for the Islamic State.
Fortenberry says anti-Muslim statements by Donald Trump and pro-gun control talk by Democrats have kept the debate from concentrating on the real issue.
“But I think it would be better to focus on the larger national security oversight, overseeing who is in the country more robustly, overseeing who is let into the country more robustly, that’s the most important debate to have right now.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]