Thanks to recent events, the word “terrorist” needs to be reexamined. It now seems that Muslims aren’t the only ones owning this word. It includes white males in their 30s. So far we have the Norway killer, Anders Behring Breivik, the Dark Knight movie theater killer James Holmes and now the killer who is yet to be identified who shot and killed six innocent worshipers at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Surprised that Muslims aren’t making as many headlines as the guy next door? Well it’s time to reevaluate the prejudices planted in our minds by the media. Anyone can be a terrorist. The definition of terrorism is: “Those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of civilians.” According to this definition we could label MANY people including world leaders as terrorists.
What is even more appalling about the attacks lately is the senselessness behind them. The people and places chosen to be attacked are just horrifying: A school where the majority of the victims are minors who have their whole life and future ahead of them; A movie theater where people have escaped their daily lives to take a break in front of the big screen, also includes a high population of teenagers; And now, a temple, where people are taking a few hours out of their Sunday to reconvene with God and their fellow worshipers. The places where one would feel safe are not so anymore. This is real terrorism.
Every human being should have the basic right of being able to live their daily lives in peace and to feel safe. These terrorists are taking this basic right away from you and I. We don’t feel safe in our own country anymore. Instead of going about trying to target individuals one at a time (which is a useless waste of time where the wrong people become targets of profiling), we have to look into gun control and making our public safer that way.
It’s time to demand that our leaders stop with the starting wars and making other countries miserable, and start focusing on America and fixing its problems. We have some major ones right now. People are acting out because they are unhappy and upset. Things will only get worse if we keep the status quo and pay no attention to these issues.