64 year-old Stephen Paddock was the mass murderer at the Las Vegas shooting in the beginning of October in 2017. Over 50 people were killed, and dozens more were injured. They had to transfer stable patients to other hospitals around the country, to give them the treatment that they needed. It is an under going investigation still, but authorities believe that Paddock had mental illnesses, leading or causing him to lash out, and attack thousands of innocent people. Paddock's father was on FBI's top ten most wanted list for years after robbing a series of banks in Arizona. Paddock's brother is also believed to have mental illnesses, and is in police custody for death threats to a care home and other accounts of offense. Not only did we have the Las Vegas shooting, Utah University Shooting, and New York attack, but the Texas church shooting as well. (http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/06/us/texas-church-shooting/index.html) The shooter was identified at David Patrick Kelley, who was said to have had three gun shot wounds. The suspect died on scene after being pursued by a local hero, who confronted Kelley outside the church, shot him with his own rifle, and pursued him in a flag downed car, until Kelley crashed. It was said he had a self inflicted wound that initially killed him. Kelley killed 26 people and injured 20 more, the church pastor and his wife were out of town, but their teenage daughter was among the dead. These acts of terrorism control the news, and the fear of those involved. It ruins lives and tortures those nearby forever.
The suspect in questioning after the attack in New York city, was performing his act of terrorism in the name of ISIS, leaving a note at the scene of the crime for police to find. He drove a rented Home Depot truck onto a bike path, just a block from the New World Trade center. Dozens were injured, and at least eight people passed in the attack. The suspect is the only one to have been inolved, being alone in a truck. A police officer shot and wounded the suspect involved. He was treated at a nearby hospital and confined to his room for questioning, the only ISIS encouraged terrorist to be alive for such questions. ISIS encouraged their followers to use everyday utilites to strik terror into the hearts of their enemies, and to do as much damage as they can. The suspect was identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29 year-old Uzbek man who has lived in new Jersey since 2010. He came from Uzbek with his family through the Diversity program, which selects refugees to gain green cards and enter the United States. Terrorist groups like ISIS strive to hurt and inflict pain upon their enemies and those who don't embrace their ways. They tell their followers to do as they do, and hurt and kill, and terrorize.
"Terrorism has no nationality or religion." -Vladimir Putin It isn't just one country, one religion, one person. It can be anything or anyone. It can be someone you love, someone you don't know, or someone you saw walking down the street. You can't say that all of Syria is evil, or everyone in Cuba is a Tyrant, ready to kill millions. People aren't born evil, they aren't born with a thirst for blood. It is something that happens over time. It happens based on experiences, childhood, if they were abused, and what the world did to them. Don't run around and tell people that all Muslims are terrorists, that all they want is to have the world under their control. Don't try to convince me that they don't belong in America, because of what someone else did. Terrorism ruins lives and takes away everything you have. People flee and escape their countries. Syrians flee to safety, thousands flee from the clutches of ISIS, so don't tell me that it's their fault. It isn't a religion or nationality, it's not everyone, it's someone, someone that doesn't want their rule to end, or doesn't like how the world works. So don't tell me lies, and stories. Don't tell children to hate on someone color, clothing, or hair. Don't teach them to spit at someone that doesn't look or dress like them. Teach them to love them, care for them. Teach them to accept them.
Terrorism strikes at the worst times, to the most innocent people. We see people every day, but we never know if it is the last time anyone ever sees them. The U of U had a tragic loss Monday night, ChenWei Guo, was shot and killed by 24-year-old Austin Boutain. It was previously thought that the student shot was alone in the car, but it was revealed that a female friend of Guo had escaped Boutain. Terrorism doesn't leave anyone alone. It always seems to find each and every person, even if it's an indirect threat, it grabs hold of them and doesn't let go. It seems to be the same way with death. It always finds you and takes what it wants without hesitation. Terrorism is at it's best when everyone else is at their worst. We lose loved ones, friends, family, to all sorts of terrorism. We had the 9/11 attacks, the Cuban Missle Crisis, we have gone through a lot as a country. But, something like this effects community, not the world.
We look into the world as a child and see nothing but kindness. As a kid, we looked and wanted to see the best in the world. But, the older you got, the more you saw. The more you saw, the more it changed you. You watched as buildings burned, as people ran, as bombs flashed in front of your eyes, and as guns silenced the early birds cries. Children are exposed to horrific things in the world. They see what they aren't meant to see. They overhear things that give them nightmares and new fears. I know that when I found out about the earthquake that was fated to happen in Utah, I was terrified for 3 years. I still am, just not as much. Terrorism can be the same thing. It strikes fear into its victims, and it likes to terrorize their lives. When adults teach children the difference between skin color, they create new problems for the world. You never know if they will grow a hatred for them, and want to see them gone. Adolf Hitler developed a hatred for Jews and tried to rid the world of the Jewish religion. Terrorism disrupts the world, we may not be at peace, we may not live normal lives. We are lucky to have been born in the United States, to not have to see rubble and rot outside your front door. We are free to speak of mind, we can do almost anything. We don't have to outrun bombs, find new homes, and hope no one knocks on your door. But people do face these things. In Afghanistan, Syria, etc. We were fortunate enough to have the ability to find safe shelter and do not have to carry a gun on us at all times. Terrorism just keeps coming back to haunt us. We try and try again, but more keeps rising, trying to make the world in their image.
Syria has been in Civil War for four and a half years. Thousands of innocent lives have been lost. You may even classify it as terrorism. The country didn't like what their people wanted, so they switched from words to bombs and guns. Can racism and terrorism tie together? Can they somehow cause the other to worsen? We can't tell if racism helped start the Syria war, but one of the big factors is the Dictator didn't like that the people wanted him to resign and make the government a democracy. Rather than compromise, he began a war, tortured, killed, and murdered thousands of people that weren't involved. He forced families to flee and take refuge in other countries. People had no way to protect themselves from their leader. He kills his own people, and maybe that could be because of racism. Terrorism is a big factor in our world today, and how it is shaping it. People are targeted because of beliefs or how they look. These two together will destroy our world in an instance, and it's already begun.