Should Dylan Roof Be Tried As A Domestic Terrorist? Yes Or No? Why/Why Not?
Some People say, if he was Muslim, he would be tried as a terrorist, but because he's, white and American, he's not considered to be a terrorist.
In my mind, he is indeed a domestic terrorist. He was affiliated with hate groups, wanted to start a "civil war" and killed those innocent people solely because their skin was black. He is the absolute definition of a terrorist. People didn't balk at calling Timothy McVeigh a terrorist, so I don't see what the problem is with calling him what he is - a racist, domestic terrorist.
You target a church, where you know people will be unarmed, and where it will have the most shock value on society - yes, you are a terrorist.
At 21, it's sad his life turned the way it did as he was so young that you would want to believe that he could have been turned around, but that kind of seething hatred and feelings of powerlessness turned into a malignant cancer in this young man. These same issues are what fuel terrorism wherever it occurs. We don't hesitate to call ISIS terrorists - we shouldn't be hypocrites.
"Domestic terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:
Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S." - FBI.gov, retrieved 6/23/15
Looks open and shut to me.
Very interesting. I am interested, where did this come from?
I included the source. FBI.gov website.
Wow I hope I never "appear intended to" to a 21 year old gun toting cop!
https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigat … definition
regardless of religion, he should be regarded as a terrorist, otherwise it would be unfair to the muslims
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