caricakes
2 years ago1,000+ Views
Has Our Definition of "Terrorism" Changed?

Today marks the 355th mass shooting in America in 2015.

In San Bernardino, 14 people were killed with at least 17 others injured in yet another shooting.

While reading various updates I came across this:

What part of gunmen coming in to an annual party with AK-47s clearly set on killing people doesn't qualify as an act of terror?
Do we need suicide bombs and a globally-recognized terrorist organization's name to call something "terrorism?!"
I always thought that terrorism was any act with the intention of terrorizing others. Now it seems that instances like that are so common these days that we've had to change the basic definition.
Why are we only calling things acts of terrorism when there is a chance ISIS or other larger organizations are involved? Has terrorism become "acts by Islam extremists with the intention of terrorizing others" or perhaps "acts by non-Americans with the intention of terrorizing others?"

What is your definition of terrorism?

Tagging some folks I've seen in the News comm lately...
50 comments
Terrorism is by definition "the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims". Although the dictionary may say that I think an looser definition can be this; "A purposeful act meant to instill fear in others". This is the same as sexual harassment. Obviously people aren't dying but sexual harassment is an act of psychological terrorism. And in the act that people have deliberately gone in, disrupted the peace, and attacked innocents, this is definitely an acg of terrorism. People are not willing to call it terrorism because their needs to be a "motive" a "purpose" to the fear. But even in the word itself "terror" and "ism" (a practice, system, or philosophy etc) it does not need a reason to be coined "terrorism". People may be scared to call it terrorism due to the fear of making terrorism a word that may become used loosely? Terrorism will always be something that is a serious matter and when something is an act of terrorism, a purposeful act that instills fear in others, it should be called so and outloud. I may have been a bit repetitive but people have been stupid and I'm mad.
2 years ago·Reply
bullying is terrorism. racism is terrorism. anything with an intent to harm Mame or kill is terrorism
2 years ago·Reply
Not sure how interested you guys are in non-kpop real talk but yeah, this is sort of near my home so I'm following it closely :( @RobertMarsh @KarelyCanedo @Fomni @LaurenStrayhorn @poojas @sherrysahar @PassTheSuga @edwinb94 @DanieTate @kpop2001 @WiviDemol @adorkabledolly @YessicaCardenas @AmbieB @BekahVires @tayunnie
2 years ago·Reply
Thoughts and prayers with all the vicitims. @kpopandkimchi @RaquelArredondo Stay safe, both of you.
2 years ago·Reply
Honestly I agree with what youve said, but I think I know what the officer meant when he said what he said. From what the officer said, and again this is just my inturpretation of his words, I believe that he meant that as a society we've gotten so used to the idea of terrorism being something we associated with groups of radical individuals, that the idea of calling lone wolf style attacks by people, or small groups of people who arent well trained but still crazy as two seperate kinds of terrorism???? like you have name brand terror of groups with millions of people, and then "off-brand" terrorisim from random groups of people that are wam-bam 1 and done??? If that makes any kind of sense at all??? I THINK that thats what he was trying refer to. like they didnt know if it was a terrorist group terror attack or just a random nut job terror attack
2 years ago·Reply
View more comments
16
50
2