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Should Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock be labeled as a terrorist?


In the wake of the attack in Las Vegas, shooter Stephen Paddock has been called a lot of things, from a "lone-wolf shooter" on cable news to a "sick, demented man" by President Trump.

But he hasn't really been called a terrorist.

This discrepancy has some American citizens thinking about the definition of the T-word.

"I think terrorism is when people are acting out to support a cause, like it's an organizational concept than it is necessarily a personal thing," said David Barbe as he walked in Arlington, Virginia.

Most people Circa interviewed seemed to agree: Terrorism was violence being committed in the name of a political cause.

But if that's the case, many on social media are wondering why it only seems to be attackers of color who are labeled terrorists, and not their white counterparts.

"When the killer is someone of color, I definitely feel like it’s a rush to, you know, terrorism, demonize the person, look into their background, pick out everything bad – and it seems like it’s vice versa when it’s not someone of color," said Jason Brown.

"Someone who might be darker in color might commit a crime – might think people are quicker to label it terrorism. As of somebody kind of, maybe lighter in color, Caucasian, commits a crime, they're probably labeled as insane. I think that’s kind of a common stereotype that I’ve encountered. I try not to have that bias," said Barbe.

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