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  •  I'd argue the opposite (3+ / 0-)
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    Kimball, Ray Pensador, aliasalias

    The issue isn't whether terrorism defines a crime.  The issue is why this crime is so different that it's not treated like any other capital offense.  And why Aurora and Sandy Hook, which are "stochastic terrorism" treated differently from acts such as the Marathon bombing?  The right wing used propaganda designed to shake their nuts loose and commit random acts: that's why guns are so important to them; it takes time to plan a bombing.)

    •  easy... (3+ / 0-)

      If the shooters at Sandy Hook or Aurora were Muslim... That's terrorism.

      Freedom isn't free. So quit whining and pay your taxes.

      by walk2live on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:05:09 AM PDT

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      •  Not that easy (0+ / 0-)

        Fort Hood shootings were done by a Muslim. He has not been charged with terrorism.

        •  I just mean in the media... (0+ / 0-)

          and being a bit cynical as well.

          I'm not sure how you'd charge someone with "terrorism" anyway - it's a pretty squishy term. If someone is stalking their ex-spouse and leaving dead bunnies in their kitchen... the purpose is to terrorize them, so are they terrorists? Most schoolyard bullies operate by instilling a sense of fear/terror in their victims... are they terrorists? Or are they only terrorists if they start killing people? Are glitter-bombers terrorists because they have a political agenda?...

          Freedom isn't free. So quit whining and pay your taxes.

          by walk2live on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 11:05:39 AM PDT

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        •  He arguably could be (0+ / 0-)

          as he consulted with a radical Islamic cleric whether it was OK for him to kill American soldiers.  I don't know if he asked him if it was OK to kill them if they were all unarmed.

    •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

      How were Aurora and Sandy Hook "Stochastic terrorism?"
      There was no use of mass media that I know of.

      •  The other way around (2+ / 0-)
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        AoT, Dr Swig Mcjigger

        The RW noise machine keeps on blasting out apocalyptic images of the United Nations coming in black helicopters to take our guns and impose the new world order.

        This could easily push someone who is mentally unstable and inclined toward this ideology to go over the edge, which is the intent.  It is a strategy that sits just this side of inciting violence.  The RW has been good at this for decades.

        No, not all the high profile shootings are stochastic terrorism; Columbine appears to be screwed up kids who had easy access to guns, and Aurora involved someone who just got unglued (and was able to get guns); there is no indication that teabagger propaganda set them off.  The Giffords shooting and Sandy Hook, on the other hand, involved people who were on the wavelength of the fanatics.

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