There has been an online debate on why Stephen Paddock the Las Vegas gunman hasn’t been labeled a terrorist. The news has been describing him as a loner, gambler and an accountant but yet to find a motive. People are wondering why the term terrorist hasn’t been used to describe him. People feel that there is a disparity between how white suspects and suspects of color are described. They feel if he had been Muslim the word terrorist would have been used to describe him instantly. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus of what terrorist constitutes among the public. The counter arguments suggest that it’s not terrorism because there is no evidence of political motives. Basically, what it comes down to is people should consider how their use
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Elliot Rodger, who was he? A shy 22-year old that attended the University of California in Isla Vista, a normal looking guy, that seemed to have it all, especially coming from a father of the film industry. Maybe he wasn't a normal guy but yet a depressed young man who has had a rough life trying to adjust to traveling so much, and not being able to fit in. A turn of events had caused an uproar by Rodger at the University of California. Elliot Rodger a rampage killer, killing 6 people and wounding 4, the big question is why did he do it?
On October, 2 2002 the first shots take place in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. area. Routine things such as going to the grocery store, or pumping gas became a dangerous activity. The terrorism went on for three weeks where a total of ten people were killed and three injured. John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo were able to avoid capture for twenty-one days. What is unique about this case is not only are these two considered spree killers, they are also terrorists.
For example, white males are considered mentally ill when they are accused of mass shootings, while people of color are considered as thugs or terrorists, the news media reinforces the narrative that the lone wolf is an aberration. (Butler 1). Adding on, Butler argues that mass shootings are not racial issue; the issue is what the shooters skin color have to do with the mass shootings. Contradicting from Butler’s
Jeffrey Dahmer was a normal looking man on the outside, but on the inside he was hiding secrets that everyone would eventually discover. “As a child Dahmer had a weird interest in dead animals. In the basement of his childhood home, Dahmer would bring road-kill inside and dissect them then he would dissolve the road-kill with chemicals. It was only until he graduated that he started bringing people home instead of road-kill.” (Punishment) Dahmer’s dad, a chemist, helped teach him how to bleach and preserve the animal bones, which later helped him preserve his victims.
A bomb explodes outside of the FBI building in Oklahoma City. Over one hundred people were killed, the side of the building was blown open, and no one knew who did such a malicious thing. A few days later, people know Timothy McVeigh was the terrorist who blew up the FBI building. People like Timothy McVeigh don’t just blow up buildings just because they feel like it. Timothy, like the many other people after him, is called a terrorist because of the reason behind his violent doings.
Many acts of terrorism still happen today. Terrorism is the use of violence against a person's property. In the 1800's, John Brown was against slavery and fought for what he believed in, but his actions were violent and he terrorized many people. Even though terrorism can be defined in many ways, John Browns actions at Harpers Ferry and Pottawatomie Creek were acts of terrorism, which justify him as a terrorist.
America has gone through difficult times with war, but has gone through harder times with the war on terror. Terrorism is defined as the use of terror or threat. The war on terror became a big deal on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed by hundreds of Japanese fighter planes, but has been a bigger deal since that attack on the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.. The bombing of the Twin Towers and to the Pentagon was like a Pearl Harbor but for the 21st century. Terrorist turn to violent means such as killing and bombing of the government.
Childhood and Background Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, better known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or simply Jeffrey Dahmer was one of the most notorious serial killers of the twentieth century in the US. Dahmer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 21 1960, he grew up with his mother, father and brother. Dahmer was a seemingly happy child as an infant until the age of six when he had a hernia surgery. Following this surgery, he changed and became disconnected and uncommunicative. (about.com) 1968, there were allegations that he was molested by a neighbor-- though this was unreported at the time (maamodt).
Jeffrey Dahmer was an infamous serial killer and sex offender. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 21, 1960. Jeffrey Dahmer killed 17 men between 1978 and 1991. He was sentenced to 15 life terms, but was later murdered by an inmate in 1994. His murders included rape, dismemberment, necrophilia, and cannibalism.
On October Third there was a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was at a Jason Aldean concert that the shooting occurred. There were 22,000 attendees at the outdoor concert on the Vegas Strip. Almost 50 to 60 people were killed and 500+ injured. Prayers and Sympathy are pouring in from all around the world, especially Washington D.C.
The word ‘terrorist’ is used very loosely when talking about any race other than the Middle Eastern one. Any man that identifies as ‘White’ can go into a church, kill nine people yet still not be called a terrorist but that he has a ‘mental illness’. (Ford). Take any instance of a white man committing an act of terrorism, it is never called what it is. “A ‘hate crime’, many reporters and politicians quickly cautioned audiences to "wait for all the facts" before assuming that this mass murder was racially motivated.
There is a lot of stuff constantly going on around the U.S. Mass shootings should not be taken lightly, the shooters generally take more than one innocent life in these situations. Most people ask the question how is that not terrorism? The answer to that is of course it is terrorism how could it not be. Stated “Under federal law, the term "terrorism" refers to any violent or dangerous crimes that "appear to be intended" (CNN 2015) and of course mass shootings are intended. Terrorist come in all shapes colors and sizes, "Terrorism" is determined by the nature of the crime, not the nature of the criminal.”
Jeffrey Dahmer was born on May 21, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was known to be an energetic happy little boy until the age of 4 when he had to have surgery to correct a double hernia. People began to notice a change in Dahmer and he became increasingly withdrawn following the birth of his younger brother. His childhood was relatively normal, but as he got older he began to show no interest in hobbies or social interactions. His family frequently moved and his parents divorced when he was in his early teens.
Nevertheless, whether terrorism has a religion or not is definitely not what I am here to write about. Discrimination in any shape or form should not be tolerated, it must be stopped. Islamophobia has severely increased discrimination in our world; likewise, biased views against not only Muslims but also non-Muslims are becoming a norm nowadays. You might ask how? Well, due to the unbelievable indoctrination of our people through social media and politics, anyone who looks like they are from the Middle East and has a beard, is a terrorist.