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Red Hot Chili Peppers & Garbage Members Rip Guns After California Terrorist Attack

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson had some strong words on Twitter today for the NRA and guns following yesterday’s terrorist attack on a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health holiday party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 and injured 21. Flea tweeted, “NRA wants every sick nut job to have an assault weapon.” Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson tweeted, “What to do about gun violence in America? Write to your senators and members of congress.Actively protest.Let’s galvanize the peacekeepers.”

A remote-controlled bomb was also left at the crime scene. The suspects for the shooting are Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who were later killed in a shootout with police. Farook was a food inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health for the last five years.

The couple had an ‘IED Factory’ in their home, with more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition, 12 pipe bombs and hundreds of tools that could be used to make improvised explosive devices. A neighbor has stated that they saw suspicious behavior going on near the garage, but didn’t want to report anything out of fear of racial profiling.

Farook had ties to at least one person who has been on a terrorist watchlist. The FBI have taken over the investigation and are currently investigating possible links to ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups. Farook was born in the U.S., and he traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2014 and returned with his new wife, Tashfeen Malik. Malik was born in Pakistan, residing in Saudi Arabia until last year. Malik traveled to the U.S. on a K-1 visa (fiancée) on a Pakistani passport. The couple had a 6-month daughter.

The Church of the Woods has shared the name of one of the victims, Mike Wetzel, a father of six. The Church’s website has shared the following, asking for donations to Wetzel’s family: “In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings yesterday one of our own church family, Mike Wetzel, was one of the victims. As his spirtual church family we are doing all we can to help coordinate an effort with his wife Renee and their children. This page is an effort to do just that. At these early stages, these are the ways we can help the family. If more specific needs are made known, we will update you. Please continue to pray for Renee, his children, and his former wife Amy as they process this terrible tragedy and loss of their husband and father.”

Alternative Nation sends its thoughts and prayers to all of the victims and their families. Below is a photo of the Wetzel family.



Shirley Manson reiterated this week on her Facebook page that the sexual relationship she had with her music teacher at age 15 was purely consensual and she was not the victim of sexual abuse from a pedophile.

Manson’s statement read: “I want to make it perfectly clear once and for all that I have never been the victim of a pedophile nor have I ever claimed to be.

“I was a few weeks shy of my 16th birthday, sixteen being the legal age of consent in Scotland, when I engaged in a fully consensual relationship with a teacher whose real identity I have always been careful to protect.”

Manson goes on, “At no point have I ever said this teacher was an employee of Edinburgh Council.” The council began an official investigation after Manson came forward with details of the relationship in a recent interview.

The singer concluded by saying, “There are so many people who have been the true victims of sexual abuse throughout the world and they deserve justice and our compassion.

However I do believe a distinction must be made between a person who is within weeks of the legal age of consent and an innocent child.

Otherwise we all in danger of becoming distracted from the really serious issue at hand which is that of child abuse. An issue which genuinely demands our urgent and focused attention.”