Ilhan Omar sparks fury after saying ‘a mass shooter’s race is front and center when they are not white’

REP Ilhan Omar has sparked fury after saying a mass shooter’s race only really becomes the main focus "when they are not white."

The congresswoman faced a backlash after suggesting there were different narratives used with shooting suspects depending on "race or ethnicity."

She hit out after Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was charged with 10 counts of murder for allegedly rampaging through a grocery store with a rifle in Boulder, Colorado.

Omar (D-Minn.)  tweeted: "The shooter's race or ethnicity seems front and center when they aren’t white.

"Otherwise, it’s just a mentally ill young man having a bad day.

"Narratives drive our responses to awful crimes committed against innocent people, pay attention to these responses and who is targeted."

However, some were quick to point out she seemingly brought up the race of Atlanta mass shooting suspect Robert Aaron Long -who is white.

And Washington Free Beacon executive editor Brent Scher said the "shooter's race and ethnicity was front and center yesterday when we didn't even know what it was and just assumed it was white."  

RedState editor-at-large Kira Davis also joined the debate telling the congresswoman to take her own "advice", reports Fox News.



"This literally works both ways, [Omar] so take your own advice," wrote Davis.

"Maybe that's how we find justice instead of hyperventilating to blame each other about everything all the time.

"I invite you – as a leader – to take the first step and then keep walking forward."

Omar posted a tweet in the wake of the the horrific mass shootings in Atlanta at three massage parlors last week.

In that post, she wrote that it isn’t "hard to understand why it’s so normalized for law enforcement to protect the humanity of white mass murderers and their willingness to continually make excuses [for] them."

Earlier we reported how Tucker Carlson branded Barack Obama "a racial arsonist" after the former president spoke out in the wake of the Boulder shooting outrage.



The Fox News host's comments came during the opening monologue of his nightly show while he discussed the reactions to Monday's shocking killing spree.

Outspoken Carlson said Obama had taken a break "from becoming one of the richest men in the world" to get involved on the issue of gun control. 

The ex president issued a statement the day after Monday's atrocity arguing "disaffection, racism and misogyny" was helpingfuel mass shootings.

His statement also came less than a week after eight were killed at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia.Six of the victims were Asian-American women. 

But his words did not go down with Carlson – who is one of the former world leader's fiercest critics.

Carlson said: "More than any other contemporary American leader, Barack Obama is a racial arsonist.

"He emerges at our most vulnerable moments to deepen the wounds that divide us. He sows hate.

"Why does Barack Obama do this? Well, it would take a psychiatrist to answer that question fully, though it seems obvious that deep loathing of some kind plays a role. It must play a role."

He then added that Obama had "managed to divide Americans a little more than they were yesterday, and so from his perspective, mission accomplished."

Carlson hit out after the former Commander in Chief backed moves for new gun controls.

"A once-in-a-century pandemic cannot be the only thing that slows mass shootings in this country," Obama wrote. 

"It will take time to root out the disaffection, racism and misogyny that fuels so many of these senseless acts of violence. 

"But we can make it harder for those with hate in their hearts to buy weapons of war."  

Boulder suspect Alissa allegedly bought the assault rifle just six days before the shooting, according to an arrest affidavit released Tuesday.

Denny Strong, 20, Neven Stoanisic, 23, Rikki Olds, 25, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Suzanne Fountain, 59, Teri Leiker, 51, Officer Eric Talley, 51, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62, Jody Waters, 65 were the 10 victims.

Speaking about the tragedy, President Joe Biden said: "“I don’t need to wait another minute – or another hour – to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future."

"We should also ban assault weapons in the process," he added, calling on Congress to act in the wake of such horrific gun violence and describing Officer Eric Talley as a "the definition of an American hero."

Obama also saluted the actions of the cop, who responded to the shooting and was killed in action stating he hoped the officer's death would not be in vain. 

"Because in addition to grief, we are also feeling a deep, familiar outrage that we as a nation continue to tolerate these kinds of random, senseless acts day in and day out without taking any significant action – an outrage that people in Colorado have known far too often over the years," he wrote.

The massacre of 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, shocked the world in April,1999.

Then in 2012, 12 were killed and 58 were injured when a shooter massacred people at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater as they watched the latest Batman film.  

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