In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the FBI has claimed that no evidence exists linking now-dead shooter Stephen Paddock to international terrorist groups despite the Islamic State taking responsibility for his attack.
The distinction between Paddock's murderous violence and that of others who are labeled as terrorists, the Huffington Post reported, likely stems from a lack of federal statutes about mass shootings and ambiguity in the government's definition of the term "domestic terrorism."
For those wondering why an action is or is not labeled as “domestic terrorism”. #CivicsLesson https://t.co/TiUCHKhEBA— L. Joy Williams (@L. Joy Williams) 1506945412.0
Many have urged caution in jumping to label the Las Vegas attack terrorism, saying it's "too soon to tell" whether Paddock's motives were to instill terror.
Nonetheless, many others claim Paddock's attack appears to be a clear-cut example of domestic terrorism.
"This is the worst case scenario," Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut and husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), a shooting victim herself. "It's haunted our dreams, that we would wake up to news of a massacre like this. Weapons of war, in the hands of a determined killer with a tactical advantage."
"This was an ambush if there ever was one," Kelly continued. "This was domestic terrorism."
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 2, 2017
"White privilege is killing 50 and injuring 400 people and it not being labeled as domestic terrorism," one Twitter user wrote.
"This is exactly the right time to talk about gun violence," writer Charles Clymer tweeted in response to a Fox News host claiming the wake of the Mandalay Bay attack isn't a time to discuss gun laws. "It is exactly the right time to talk about domestic terrorism and its link to our gun laws."
Read some of the impassioned responses below.
Because America still don't know what domestic terrorism -- which has killed more Americans than international terr… https://t.co/gdJP5cZvAO— Ernest Owens (@Ernest Owens) 1506946828.0
This was terrorism. Calling it anything else is dishonest and dangerous. People need to know. Call it what it is. Domestic terrorism.— Reagan Gomez (@Reagan Gomez) 1506951723.0
To speed this up a bit: Lone wolf Not terrorism Thoughts and prayers No gun restrictions arm more people Now back to tax reform #LasVegas— Ethereal bisexual who wears mostly black (@Ethereal bisexual who wears mostly black) 1506950773.0
This isn’t a “lone wolf.” It’s domestic terrorism. Get it right, MSM. Just bc he’s white doesn’t let him off that hook. He is a terrorist.— Jules (@Jules) 1506946577.0
50+ killed, 400+ wounded in gun attack in #LasVegas… But don’t worry, it’s NOT terrorism. Someone please explain… https://t.co/I41H2NEMjC— Charles Lister (@Charles Lister) 1506951783.0
Also to be clear. It's terrorism. Not a Lone Wolf. Not "domestic" terrorism. Terrorism.— Avan Jogia (@Avan Jogia) 1506962123.0
MASS SHOOTINGS ARE ACTS OF TERRORISM. IT DOESNT MATTER IF THEYRE “LOCAL” OR NOT INVOLVED WITH A TERRORIST GROUP... ITS TERRORISM— granta claus (@granta claus) 1506967416.0
@realDonaldTrump Deadliest massacre in modern American history is NOT TERRORISM it is an 'act of pure evil' why? Th… https://t.co/rCzbL1TYVO— Káyọ̀dé Ògúndámisí (@Káyọ̀dé Ògúndámisí) 1506956462.0
If you're not in a war, firing on people is an act of #terrorism. Period. Skin color and religion are irrelevant #LasVegasShooting— Rhuta Bhayga (@Rhuta Bhayga) 1506957585.0
NOTE: Trump did not use the words "terror," "terrorism," or "terrorist." In other instances, w/ less information he has.— jarrett hill (@jarrett hill) 1506956323.0
Trump did not respond to shouted questions about whether Las Vegas is domestic terrorism as he welcomed Thailand's prime minister.— Kaitlan Collins (@Kaitlan Collins) 1506961963.0
Brown people attack America: OMG WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT TERRORISM! White guy shoots 50 people: Now is not the time to talk about it— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) 1506957949.0
When white men commit mass murder, it's a "tragedy" committed by a "lone wolf" - not terrorism. #lasvegas https://t.co/4ropd9gJQ2— Hope Is An Axe (@Hope Is An Axe) 1506964093.0
call terrorists what they are. domestic terrorism is real and it is here. and he looks like Bill from accounting.— Joél Leon. (@Joél Leon.) 1506947871.0
Good qualifier here from NBC: "The shooting is not believed to be connected to ***international*** terrorism, NBC News has learned."— Ali Gharib (@Ali Gharib) 1506949391.0