Mike Rawlings

Let's Not Call Dallas Shootings 'Terrorism'
Ascribing a political agenda to every murderering hater just offers an undeserved veneer of rationality

Dallas police stand watch near the scene where four Dallas police officers were shot and killed on Thursday in Dallas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

It had to have cost Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to refer to the shooter in Thursday’s sniper attack on police officers there as a “lone gunman .” Because even now, that phrase has the power to summon the “city of hate ” reputation Dallas has struggled to live down since JFK was killed more than a half-century ago.  

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