Originally Posted by BigChiefTablet
Why do we have to categorize ****ing everything? Is it a hate crime or just a crime? Is it a terrorist or just some batshit crazy asshole?
The qualifiers speak to motivation for the crime, which is difficult to determine when you don't even know who the perp is. And while ultimately, it would be good to try and determine motivation, the crime is the same no matter the reason. It's not like you could plead accidental manslaughter on this one.
I agree. Except, I think a lot of people care. It went from the Bombing in Boston to the Terror in Boston as soon as the president categorized it. IMO, just the word "terror" elevates the magnitude of the situation in the minds of people.
As for the shooting in Conn, I would not characterize Lanza as a terrorist, but that's based on my limited knowledge. The issue of gun control arose from the situation, but I don't think that was his motive for the shooting. I could be wrong, though.
As for the bomber...well, who knows?