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  •  To be honest (4+ / 0-)

    I am not sure if sandy hook is terrorism.  I guess for me, the minimum definition of terrorism must include some degree of violent action for political purposes.  That is, terrorism is intended to achieve something for a larger group.

    A deranged loner killing people for whatever crazy ass reasons just doesn't seem like 'terrorism' to me.

    That is not meant to diminish the horror of individual acts of crazy people.  One of the things that troubles me about the modern world is the degree to which advances in killing technology has allowed troubled individuals to increase the body count in their murder/suicides.

    But I hesitate to call these individual acts terrorism, because to do so could be used to justify ever increasing surveillance and civil rights violations by the government.

    The actions we should take to reduce mass shootings (AWB, Universal background check, improved mental health) would help a little bit to reduce terror, the strategies used to reduce terrorism are different (surveillance, etc.).  Therefor, it is important not to treat genuine terrorism that is done for political purposes and mass shootings by the mentally ill.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 11:37:54 AM PDT

    •  Interesting point made on NPR this AM (6+ / 0-)

      Dian Rehm show, one of the guests said he really didn't care for the word terrorism, even in it's "official" definition because those practicing it see it as a legitimate technique. He prefers the word murder, since even they will likely find that less defensible.

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 11:49:09 AM PDT

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      •  Perhaps (3+ / 0-)
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        For me the distinction between terror and mass murder is useful, to the degree that terrorism is a subset of mass murder.  The reason the difference matters is because the methods used to address terrorism different than for other forms of mass murder.

        Namely, when trying to stop terrorists, the best thing is infiltration and surveillance.  The problem there is striking a balance and not infiltrating and surveilling 'harmless' groups (e.g., the Quakers, OWS, etc).  So, its important to not conflate terrorist killings with other killings, so that the balance between safety and civil rights can be best balanced.  If we start calling everything terrorism, it is easier for the government to limit civil rights.

        "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

        by Empty Vessel on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 11:54:25 AM PDT

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