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.”
— L. Joy Williams (@ljoywilliams) October 2, 2017
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 terrorism — is.
Because the shooter isn't of color they get to be called "local individual" because white people, even when violent, still is granted their humanity. https://t.co/znW2CM2VfA
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) October 2, 2017
This was terrorism. Calling it anything else is dishonest and dangerous. People need to know. Call it what it is. Domestic terrorism.
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) October 2, 2017
"Let's wait until we hear his name before we label it terrorism or not."
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) October 2, 2017
To speed this up a bit:
Thoughts and prayers
No gun restrictions
arm more people
Now back to tax reform#LasVegas
— Travon Free (@Travon) October 2, 2017
what happened in las vegas was an act of terrorism. do not sugarcoat it just because the attacker was white. call it what it is.
— 🖤 (@moonlightgrls) October 2, 2017
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 (@JW4Resistance) October 2, 2017
Nonviolent NFL protests piss Donald Dump and the rest of the right off more than domestic terrorism. Please remember that.
— Danae (@DanaeLovesYou) October 2, 2017
50+ killed, 400+ wounded in gun attack in #LasVegas…
But don’t worry, it’s NOT terrorism.
Someone please explain that. pic.twitter.com/PZrnSSEs0X
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) October 2, 2017
Also to be clear. It's terrorism. Not a Lone Wolf. Not "domestic" terrorism. Terrorism.
— Avan Jogia (@AvanJogia) October 2, 2017
stephen paddock is not a "lone wolf", he is a terrorist. if he wasn't white the media would have no problem saying that. this is terrorism.
— aidan alexander (@aidan) October 2, 2017
MASS SHOOTINGS ARE ACTS OF TERRORISM. IT DOESNT MATTER IF THEYRE “LOCAL” OR NOT INVOLVED WITH A TERRORIST GROUP… ITS TERRORISM
— grant landis (@grantlandis) October 2, 2017
Deadliest massacre in modern American history is NOT TERRORISM it is an 'act of pure evil' why? The Terrorist did not shout Alhau Akubar. pic.twitter.com/0AapABH9R2
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) October 2, 2017
— Rhuta Bhayga (@RhutaBhayga) October 2, 2017
Las Vegas shooting was an act of Domestic Terrorism. @ me if you want idc. pic.twitter.com/hMuDZ4MTrJ
— Courtney Gray (@courtney_g254) October 2, 2017
NOTE: Trump did not use the words "terror," "terrorism," or "terrorist."
In other instances, w/ less information he has.
— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) October 2, 2017
Trump did not respond to shouted questions about whether Las Vegas is domestic terrorism as he welcomed Thailand's prime minister.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 2, 2017
— BRING ME THANOS (@_RoyallyCrowned) October 2, 2017
Nobody is safe from white domestic terrorism.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) October 2, 2017
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) October 2, 2017
— Kristine Chapman (@Chapzer) October 2, 2017
call terrorists what they are. domestic terrorism is real and it is here. and he looks like Bill from accounting.
— Joel (Jo-el) Leon. (@JoelakaMaG) October 2, 2017
Good qualifier here from NBC:
"The shooting is not believed to be connected to ***international*** terrorism, NBC News has learned."
— Ali Gharib (@Ali_Gharib) October 2, 2017