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Here Are All The Things The Media Is Calling The Vegas Shooter--Other Than 'Terrorist'

By Mustafa Gatollari

I was born Muslim with a very Muslim-sounding name. I've been called a terrorist both in jest and in accusation. I've been asked to explain the terrorist acts of the Orlando shooter, of the London bombing at the Ariana Grande concert. I've been told that Islam is an innately evil religion, and that terrorism and the faith of my grandparents and family and community enable "terroristic" qualities.

So I'm a bit sensitive when I notice that people who aren't brown or Muslim who commit acts of terror aren't labeled as such. For example, Timothy McVeigh wasn't a terrorist. Dylan Roof wasn't a terrorist. James Holmes wasn't a terrorist. Adam Lanza wasn't a terrorist. And so on and so forth.

So when Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white male opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring 515. I wasn't surprised when people called him anything other than a terrorist. Which I guess is understandable, because people have differing opinions on what the definition of terrorism is.