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Question for you guys....was having a conversation about the event in Denver. Would you consider this an act of terrorism? Since there is no real definition for the word that is used by the world as a whole, what are your thoughts?
The basis of our conversation was that anytime a Middle Eastern individual does anything remotely close you can not avoid the word terrorist in any news article. However, this tragedy, as many others, have not been called such. Not a huge deal, just a curiosity on your opinions.
Yes it was a terrorist attack. Did it strike fear into people, and change the way some people are going to think about going through there everyday life. I think so.
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After living through 911 in NYC, people need to GET OVER the thoughts that EVERYTHING that happens is related to terrorism. There were idiots before 911 and there will be many more after. Move on and call a spade a spade!!!
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Here is a pretty damned good definition
"Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them"
Thing about terrorism is it targets people who have nothing to do with the party involved political aspirations. Take 9-11. All those people who were killed had nothing to do with anything involving the agency who perpetuated the act. What's more is killing them changed nothing regarding their goals and brought them no closer to a conclusion. It was a completely pointless act of murder in which they tried to pin some sort of message on which said, "Pay attention to us".
Acts of terrorism are cowardly because they target people who can't defend themselves. Terrorists don't want to fight against armed troops trained to kill. They get mowed down like grass. They don't attack armed police forces. They want to plant bombs and run away.
And to answer your question....no. Even though it was a terrible thing to happen, the guy was just crazy. He was no more of a terrorist than Charles Whitman. Some people are just crazy.
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I don't see this as a terrorist act. I always connect terrorist acts to something political or military. This seems like a case of a complete lunatic behaving like a violent lunatic.
A friend of mine and I were talking about this horrible act and discussed what we would do if we were in the theater and were carrying a pistol. Obviously most people would shoot him as would i but then our discussion went on to the fact that you would be charged with some sort of crime for shooting a man despite his opening fire on a theater. This seems like self defense but some states have very specific rules on when something could be considered self defense or not. Whatever the case I doubt a jury would convict a man for taking down a madman killing innocent people.
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