Gunman kills four Marines in an ‘act of domestic terrorism’

Gunman kills four Marines in an ‘act of domestic terrorism’ | TheHill

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Yet another mass shooting resulting in mass murder. Most likely, another wasted opportunity to talk about gun violence in a holistic way.

“We are treating this as an act of domestic terrorism,” said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian. “This is a sad day for the United States.”

I know that some people are going to say it’s completely inappropriate – too soon – to ask this, but I’m going to anyway:

Why is this domestic terrorism and Charleston was not?

What are the contributing factors that lead to the feds recognizing one event as terrorism, and another event as a simple crime? I don’t honestly know the exact metrics involved in diagnosing an event one or the other. Is there a litmus test that they use? My simple understanding of the definitions of the words domestic and terrorism give me a basic understanding of what they mean together, and that makes me think that Charleston AND Chattanooga are both cases of domestic terrorism. At the very least they both are or they both aren’t – but one isn’t and not the other.

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