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Muslims don’t commit most mass shootings

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) speaks in Westbury on

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) speaks in Westbury on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) wants to expand the terror watch list to include people who voice sentiments that he said show “terrorist inclinations” [“Watch list puts feds to the test,” News, June 26]. He said, “I think ISIL is trying to recruit unstable people, angry people.”

I believe that mass shootings that are as American as apple pie seem to qualify as “terrorism” only when the perpetrator has a Muslim-sounding name. Mental health, anger, depression, personal vendetta, etc., are not even discussed as possible causes, as long as the perpetrator has even a remote connection with the religion of Islam.

According to a report by Mother Jones magazine, there have been 81 mass shootings since 1982 in the United States, of which only four had a connection to someone with a Muslim name. So, it’s interesting to read about politicians like King foaming at the mouth, condemning Islam and Muslims for the Orlando nightclub shooting. Where is the hysteria and endless condemnation when it comes to other mass shootings?

Much bigger mass killers are drunken driving and drug overdoses. These are preventable deaths but do not rile public emotions for people like Peter King to exploit.

Sam Shafi, Syosset