The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) condemns the mass shooting attack in Nashville, TN and the van attack on pedestrians in Toronto, Canada. The Nashville attack killed 4 people and injured 2, and in Toronto, 10 people died and 15 people were injured, in what seems to be cases of domestic terrorism. We send our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy to all victims and their families.
We are thankful that law enforcement has captured the perpetrators, and await results of a full investigation to determine the motive and to assure justice. We are all troubled by the Tennessee perpetrator’s remarks of support and affinity for Sovereign Nation extremists after his July 2017 arrest, and by the Canadian perpetrator’s social media interest in criminals with racist and misogynist sentiments; we need to examine how these may have sparked these horrific crimes.
These domestic attacks in Canada, Tennessee, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Parkland, and more are just as evil as any foreign-inspired terrorist attack and require the same response and effort to prevent these horrific domestic terrorism attacks.
As Muslims, we believe the killing of one person is akin to the killing of all humanity, and if anyone saves one life, it is as if he/she has saved all of humanity. Nothing can ever justify such an evil criminal and terror act, whose ramifications will affect us all. We reiterate our commitment to work together with our interfaith, public policy and law enforcement partners to end violence and extremism in all forms. As Americans, we must learn to welcome people of all faiths and to encourage our communities to always work closely with law enforcement to prevent such tragedies in future.
On Jan 30, 2017, A White Nationalist Terrorist Killed 6 Muslims at Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre Muslim community.
Kansas Militia Trio Convicted of Domestic Terrorism in Plot to Bomb Somali-American community in Kansas.
ADL Reports that Murders By U.S. White Supremacists More Than Doubled In 2017.
In 2017 there were 427 Mass shootings with over 590 killed and 1981 injured, It is even more alarming to note that in 2015 alone, over 13,000 people were killed and 27,000 injured in the US by firearm violence (https://www.massshootingtracker.org/data/2017 and http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/).