posted on Jun, 11 2014 @ 09:05 PM
originally posted by: ArtemisE
This is a pretty straight forward thread.....
So why don't we consider mass shootings or school shootings terrorism?
Terrorism is the illegal use of violence to advance some policy agenda. There's a purpose element, and a rational nexus between the action and the
desired goal. Most active shooters seem to be whackjobs. They may have peculiar beliefs, but their violence is not part of a rational plan to make
those beliefs into policy. Timothy McVeigh, who blew up a Federal building because he wanted white Christian separatists to rise up against the US
Government, was a terrorist. The kids who shoot up schools because they are crazy and angry at their peers are not terrorists, because "I'm mad" is
not a political agenda. There are, of course, many mass shootings which are clearly terrorism, and sometimes they are not characterized as such in the
media or in courts. But in general, shooting a bunch of people is not sufficient to be a terrrorist. See the USG definitions