People on the internet are calling for Las Vegas mass shooting to be labeled as a terrorist act

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How do we distinguish a crime from a terrorist attack? It’s a convoluted conversation that appears after every horrific mass shooting in America, and Sunday night’s Las Vegas attack—the deadliest in U.S. history—is no exception. 

As many on Twitter have pointed out, the president did not use the words “terror” or “terrorist” during his remarks about the shooting, despite his flippant use of the term in previous instances on Twitter. Today, the word is the top dictionary lookup online, according to Merriam-Webster, who defines it as “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.” 

Because of the history of racial and religious bias in conjunction with the word “terrorist,” folks on Twitter, including many celebrities, are using the platform to chastise the Trump administration and those who refer to the shooter as a “lone wolf” rather simply a “terrorist,” despite the amount of terror the shooting has invoked in citizens across the country.  

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