Blue tick Twitter users have been using the mass shooting incident in Las Vegas to whip up identity-based anger and foster victimhood mentalities.
“I don’t understand,” wrote user Greg Baum, “Why it’s not terrorism. Because the shooter’s not Muslim?”
Re Las Vegas, I don’t understand:
1. Why it’s not terrorism. Because the shooter’s not Muslim?
2. How guns make America safer.
— Greg Baum (@GregBaum) October 2, 2017
“Just bc shooter wasn’t Muslim doesn’t mean not terrorism,” wrote Daily Beast contributor Dean Obeidallah.
Waking up to horrific mass murder in Las Vegas-police say “no ties to terrorism.” Just bc shooter wasn’t Muslim doesn’t mean not terrorism
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) October 2, 2017
Both of these statements and the hundreds more on social media this morning fundamentally and willfully misunderstand the nature and definition of terrorism. I’m here to help:
terrorism — The unlawful use of violence or threat of violence, often motivated by religious, political, or other ideological beliefs, to instill fear and coerce governments or societies in pursuit of goals that are usually political. See also antiterrorism; combating terrorism; counterterrorism; force protection condition.
That’s the definition as used by the U.S. Department of Defense.