Robin Roberts chokes up during Las Vegas coverage, public demands shooter be called terrorist

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Good Morning America spoke with a survivor of the Las Vegas shooting during their coverage of the mass shooting, and the interview was so emotional that Robin Roberts got choked up.

Roberts and George Stephanopoulos were interviewing Jasmine Barbusca, who attended the concert where the shooting took place, and the woman broke down as she said, “How I did not get shot, by the grace of God, I honestly… I don’t know.”

Stephanopoulos asked the emotional woman whether she had been able to speak to her children, and she replied, through her tears, “I’m going to wait until I get home to see them and talk to them. I don’t think I would be strong enough. They wouldn’t understand why mommy is crying, you know?”

That was when Roberts got emotional as well.

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“You tell ’em that they have a strong mom,” Roberts said to Barbusca. “They have a very strong mom. What you’ve endured, and how you’ve handled everything. By the grace of God.”

After Roberts and Stephanopoulos both thanked Barbusca for speaking with them, the interview concluded, and Roberts said, “It gets to you when you are hearing what these people have been going through.”

The mass shooting perpetuated by Stephen Paddock has left over 50 people dead and hundreds injured. However, because the FBI has said that Paddock has no ties to terrorist organizations such as ISIS, there is a reluctance in many corners, including government, to label the attack a terrorist attack.

The public reaction, however, has been a demand that Paddock be labeled a domestic terrorist, and the reluctance to label him as such has been attributed by many to the fact that Paddock is white.

“This is the worst case scenario,” Mark Kelly, a shooting victim as well as a retired astronaut and husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). “It’s haunted our dreams, that we would wake up to news of a massacre like this. Weapons of war, in the hands of a determined killer with a tactical advantage.”

“This was an ambush if there ever was one,” Kelly continued. “This was domestic terrorism.”