Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) introduced a bill on Wednesday seeking to close a loophole that prevents federal authorities from specifically punishing domestic terrorism, in the wake of recent mass shootings in El Paso and Gilroy, which are being treated by investigators as domestic terrorism cases. McSally says such violence needs to be called and treated under the law in the same way as "other forms of terrorism." The senator, an Air Force veteran, said that "as someone who fought terrorism overseas, I understand the importance of calling out terrorism wherever it is." The bill would criminalize politically motivated violence, recognize victims of terrorism, and allow federal authorities to charge suspects with acts of domestic violence.

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