So far, authorities are not calling the Las Vegas shooting an act of terrorism.
Some people believe the reason is racially motivated. Take, for example, Jamelle Bouie who set off a Twitter debate early Monday morning by tweeting:
Essentially, by the definition currently in common currency, a white person cannot be a terrorist.
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) October 2, 2017
Others are more inclined to believe that it comes down to how you define terrorism. “It's worth examining what different people mean at different times by the word terrorism,” wrote Reason Magazine’s Editor In Chief, Matt Welch.
Matt joined Dana Loesch today on “Dana” to discuss what law enforcement defines as terrorism and whether the Las Vegas massacre was an act of terrorism or something else.
Here’s a look at what we know so far about the mass shooting and any potential connection to terrorism:
• The Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest in modern US history killing at least 59 people and injuring 527.
• The shooter has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.
• Paddock is a US citizen with no apparent connection to ISIS.
• ISIS claimed responsibility for Paddock’s actions, calling him a “soldier of the Islamic State,” but no evidence to this claim has been found.
• Police have not yet identified a motive for the mass shooting.
Watch the video clip above to learn more.