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Rotavele October 22nd, 2014 9:05pm

Yes this is about Canada's (Terrorist) Attack today. Would you classify a guy shooting up a government building as a terrorist attack?

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suppressedID anti Gilead
10/23/14 8:43 am

When wouldn't random shooting be considered terrorism ?

arielb SoCal, so Cal
10/23/14 1:25 am

We're the people in the govt building frightened? Yes? Then it's terrorism, by definition.

TigerShark47 Missouri
10/22/14 6:21 pm

I really think it depends on the building. Are you a terrorist if you hate everyone at the DMV or the post office, and shoot the place up, or are you just angry? I think a person's motive for doing this is also very important.

suppressedID anti Gilead
10/23/14 8:44 am

You can still spread terror while being "just angry".

TigerShark47 Missouri
10/23/14 10:29 am

That is very true. But terrorist acts are generally classified that way because the group or individual committing them is generally trying to instill terror in the entire county, not just a few people.

Tariq88 Utah
10/22/14 5:42 pm

I would say so, if there is a demand or motive behind it then it would classify.

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
10/22/14 3:15 pm

I've been wondering why the media has jumped on this "terrorist attack" label so quickly.

10/22/14 3:00 pm

Depends on the motive. Did he want to strike terror into the hearts of the Canadian people, and promote chaos in society? Or did he really not like the way the government was running things? Or maybe this was his idea of a political statement?

susanr Colorado
10/22/14 2:20 pm

Not without further information. I would not call Dan White's "shooting up" of San Francisco's City Hall, with the consequent assassinations of Mayor George Moscone & Supervisor Harvey Milk a terrorist attack, at all.

Skarface69 Retired
10/22/14 2:17 pm

The motive is what determines if it's terrorism. In this instance, it's too early to tell.

susanr Colorado
10/22/14 2:29 pm

As I asked in your own recent poll, do you know that any of the suspects (2 have been named now) are Arab? They're apparently both recent converts to Islam, & one may be of Algerian descent, but neither designation implies that they *are* Arabs.

susanr Colorado
10/22/14 2:32 pm

Beyond the fact that not all Muslims, by any stretch of the imagination, are fundamentalist terrorists, there's also the fact that there are 41 *million* *Christian* Arabs in the world.

"The Arabs" are *not* "on the march."

HappyLez No Worries... Be Happy
10/22/14 2:17 pm

I wouldn't automatically call it a "Terrorist" attack until we knew the REASON for the attack
A disgruntled former Employee
Someone with a specific Grudge against a person in the gov't building
Or just a Nut Job!
We need details not assumptions...

Rotavele Alabama
10/22/14 2:10 pm

I also wonder if this poll would have different results with "building" instead of "government building"