Opinion: Las Vegas Shooting – call it what it was – a terrorist attack

59 people lost their life to a terrorist attack on October 1st in Las Vegas, Nevada.

500+ people were injured after a terrorist attack on October 1st in Las, Vegas, Nevada.

1 President refused to call the mass murderer a terrorist on October 1st in Washington, D.C.

While we primarily talk about minority populations on this blog – it would be a disservice to not address major issues that affect all citizens of America. Two days ago, all Americans were brought together, yet again, after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S history.

I have so much to say about what happened in Las Vegas but the words don’t seem to come out right.

I’m outraged. I’m distraught. Most of all, I’m scared of how I look at the TV and see another mass shooting happen and it doesn’t phase me as it use to as a child.

I’ve become accustomed to the 24-hour news cycle of depression.

But there are two things I refuse to become accustomed to: Congress’ refusal to act on gun reform and the medias depiction of mass shooters – mostly white men– as “regular people” in headlines.

Congress & The President:

We, the people, will not sit around and let you hold our freedom and safety hostage in bipartisan garbage because you hold and protect the 2nd amendment under your pillow at night. Fix regulations that allow those with a mental illness to get a gun without a background check (only 13 states currently have laws requiring a background evaluation before purchasing a firearm).

I also wonder how in 2017 – 5 years after 20 kindergartners were shot and killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School – we are still discussing if America really needs stricter gun control laws.

To the President: I find it amusing how you are quick to call members of ISIS terrorist but you refuse to comment on if what happened in Las Vegas was an act of terrorism? What else would the deadliest mass shooting in America be called?  Further, you say that after 59 people have died and 500 plus are injured from gun violence it’s not the time to discuss gun reform.

How many times will we allow a mass murderer to out do his predecessor to become the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history? How many people have to die from senseless gun violence before we take this seriously within our federal Government?

The Media: 

You play an important role in bringing information to the pubic. That is your job.

A job done poorly without addressing key factors in the statistics behind the majority of mass shootings in America: The perpetrator typically comes from a single race.

Statistics and data from Mother Jones show that since 1982, the majority of mass shootings — 54 percent — were committed by white men.  In the media, the perception of shootings done by black men and white men are headlined very differently.

Echoing the great work done by The Independent – these headlines show how bad Americas race problem is when it comes to violent acts done by white and black men.

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Headlines from The Independent story ” After Las Vegas, these two headlines sum up just how depressing America’s race problem is”

 

The Las Vegas shooting was an act of terror done by a man who wanted to hurt as many people as possible –and succeeded– but he is described as someone who “lived a quiet life” in a news article headline.

Tamir Rice on the other hand,  was 12-year-old boy from Ohio who was shot and killed by police for playing with a fake gun in a park and was called a “thug” in a headline following the shooting.

Without knowing much about Tamir Rice – one could think he was an inherently violent man who deserved what he got because of his actions.

While readers get a more personable and thoughtful look at the gunman behind the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and we unnecessarily learn he loved to play golf and enjoyed country music.

To all Americans:

We need to learn from this. We need to progress from this. We can’t let this become just another mass shooting on our ongoing list of mass shootings in America. We can’t go back to before October 1st – we will be doing a injustice to our freedom and safety as Americans if we let ourselves forget what happened in Las Vegas.

 

 

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