America Has A Big Problem With Calling Its Citizens Terrorists

America Has A Big Problem With Calling Its Citizens Terrorists

There are homegrown terrorists right here in America and for some reason, people don't like to acknowledge that.

America has a problem with calling their citizens terrorists.

While the tragedy in Las Vegas has prompted me to write this article, there is exactly one reason why I feel the need to write these words: history. In the past decade, there have been many mass shootings in the United States. Some have been because of mental illness and other happened because of hate, but in the past few years, I have noticed something. America has a problem with calling U.S. citizens terrorists.

If you were to look up articles about the Las Vegas shooter, you would find some about his motives, how shocked his family was, and conspiracy theories. There are some articles, however, that describe him as a retired gambler and that he liked country music. I have not yet seen an article that calls him a terrorist.

The Las Vegas shooter was a domestic terrorist.

There is not a picture you can look up of a terrorist and if someone looks like that, you arrest them. It is not that easy. Terrorism comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They can be white, black, brown, purple, green; it does not matter. If someone is attacking our country and the people in it, they are a terrorist. End of story.

Terrorism doesn't just come from other countries. There are homegrown terrorists right here in America and for some reason, people don't like to acknowledge that. Someone doesn't have to have brown skin to be considered a threat to this country. Many people don't believe that such hate can come from one of our own, but believe it.

The Orlando nightclub shooter, white supremacists who harm people of color, James Earl Ray (the man who shot Martin Luther King Jr.), and the shooter at the D.C. Navy yard were all domestic terrorists. None of these individuals were/ are "very fine people" or "retired grandfathers". They are terrorists and America needs to learn that.

Now, I am not going to claim I have the answer to fix terrorism or hate but not making excuses for people who perpetrate violence is a step in the right direction. There are always going to be people that dislike America and people that spread hate and violence. Sometimes, there will be no way to stop them. The United States is not a utopia.

There are bad people in the world, but it is up to the good people to help spread love, understanding, and acceptance. Love one another and stand up to people who want to harm others, whether that be physically, mentally, or verbally. "Be the change you wish to see in the world" -Mahatma Gandhi.

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Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was a big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

Psalm 136:26 (AMP) O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy and loving-kindness endures forever!

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