If San Bernardino shooters are terrorists then so is the NRA boss, says New York Daily News

Louis Dor
Friday 04 December 2015 11:40
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The New York Daily News drew plaudits yesterday for its front page reporting on the San Bernardino shooting in California, which called out politicians who tweeted sympathy for the victims but opposed gun reform.

Today's effort is also somewhat of an attention grabber:

It raises the issue of white terrorism, which we have previously reported on, in which white mass shooters are far less likely to be labelled 'terrorists', or their acts called 'terrorism', than ethnic minorities or Muslims.

The New York Daily News front page is in stark contrast to that of the New York Post, which was widely criticised for this splash:

The suspects were identified as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, a restaurant inspector and a Muslim, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, a Pakistani national, also Muslim, who arrived in the US on a fiancee visa in July 2014.

They died after a car chase with police, following the shooting in which 14 were killed.

The FBI said yesterday that the shootings "may or may not have been a terrorist attack".

The FBI defines terrorism as:

The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.

The New York Daily News makes the point adeptly that a religiously motivated mass shooting at a planned parenthood centre in Colorado, or a black church in Charleston, is no different in its methods and therefore should be labelled as the same act - terrorism.

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, also features on the banner due to his role as a gun rights lobbyist and advocate.

The NRA has issued a response to the shootings through an opinion piece by chief lobbyist and principal political strategist Chris Cox, in USA Today, which reads:

America’s law-abiding gun owners are heartbroken by these horrific crimes as well. At the same time, we are sick and tired of this president suggesting the men and women of the National Rifle Association are somehow to blame.

The National Rifle Association is not to blame.

The New York Daily News says it has offered LaPierre a chance to respond, but that he declined to do so.

i100.co.uk has contacted the National Rifle Association for comment.

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