The bomber killed two people and wounded four others before ultimately blowing himself up on Wednesday. On Twitter, many users called for him to be labeled as a terrorist.
"He does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate...it is the outcry of a very challenged young man," says Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, describing a recorded confession left by the suspected Austin bomber #tictocnews pic.twitter.com/E7hBgNe2aR— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) March 21, 2018
Vegas shooter= old white dude. Florida high school shooter = teenaged white dude. Austin serial bomber = 20-something white dude. The terrorist demographic isn't brown, black, Muslim or even foreign. It's homegrown and white.— marivi soliven (@marivisoliven) March 22, 2018
The bomber did not make his motives clear before he died, and never used the word "terrorism" in his recorded confession. To some, that means he's not a terrorist. Others disagree.
So they're not calling the Austin bomber a terrorist, because of the lack of a motive. Fair, but if he were Muslim he would've been labeled as such. Also, had he been black/Hispanic he'd be a thug or it'd be "gang/cartel motivated." Instead, he's "troubled."— Aaron Gomez (@Aaron_G52) March 22, 2018
63% of mass killers since 1983 look like Mark Anthony Conditt, the Austin Serial Bomber: White, male, and citizens.Redefine Terrorism. — Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) March 21, 2018
And then there are people who say, just forget the bomber altogether. Remember the victims.
The smart young man who deserves our love & remembrance is 17 year old Draylen Mason, who was killed by the Austin terrorist bomber for absolutely no reason. pic.twitter.com/4bcYPu4loz— Wendy Molyneux (@WendyMolyneux) March 22, 2018