Las Vegas shooting by white man Stephen Paddock ‘is terrorism’
On 1 October, at least 59 people were killed and more than 527 injured in a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.
The deadliest mass shooting in US history on Sunday 1 October, was carried out by white 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.
He was found dead in his Mandalay Bay hotel room with at least 10 guns, according to authorities.
Police said he opened fire from his hotel room, which was on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay.
This attack ‘is terrorism’, 24-year-old US singer Ariana Grande wrote in a plea for gun control in US.
Grande’s Manchester Arena concert on 22 May was tragically interrupted by suicide bomber Salman Abedi. The bomber killed 22 and injured 116.
‘My heart is breaking for Las Vegas. We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is = terrorism’, the US singer wrote.
There are widespread discussions on the disparity between the reaction to an act of terrorism committed by a Muslim and a white shooter. The white shooter is labelled by the media as mentally ill or a mere criminal, but a person of colour or Muslim is a terrorist.
President Trump, of course, has played right into this dynamic.
The US president condemned the largest mass shooting in modern US history as an “act of pure evil”. He declared that the nation would unite behind the survivors.
But the President did not use the word “terrorism” and refused to get into a new debate over gun control.
When Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people at an Orlando night club in 2016, Trump labelled it “radical Islamic terrorism”.