Should the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooter be considered a terrorist?

  • This shooting was politically motivated.

    A terrorist is defined as "a person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims," and terrorism is defined as "the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims." What he did was without a doubt violence used in the pursuit of political aims. There isn't any good argument to say that this wasn't terrorism.

  • He is a terrorist.

    When you kill a group of people whom believe differently from you, I think that should be classified as a terrorist act. Most of these shootings of terrorist happen due to difference in views on subjects. I believe to each their own. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, just because a group of people believes differently from you is no reason to shoot them.

  • He is a terrorist

    He is acting like a terrorist. He chose to terrorize innocent people based on the fact that he disagreed with their belief system. Not all terrorists are part of ISIS. It is a shame that we have terrorists living right in our own back yard. He should get the death penalty for this crime.

  • Yes, he's the textbook definition of a terrorist.

    If Planned Parenthood indeed turns out to be intended target of gunman Robert Dear and not a random location for his outburst, his actions are textbook terrorism. He used terror to pursue a political agenda. Regardless of our personal feelings and past connotations of the word, that is exactly what it was.

  • Holy hell, do you people even read the news?!

    First off, let's look at the facts. The shooting did not even start in the planned parenthood, it started in a parking lot outside of it. If he was targeting pp, why didn't he just walk right in and start shooting up the place? Not one patient or employee of pp was harmed, they all got out alive. As for the shooter, he was a psycho who was definitely out of his mind. And do not try to make this politically motivated, he was a man who identified as a woman and did not affiliate with any political party. He is also as much of a Christian as any member of Isis should be considered a muslim, according to liberals. Any real Christian would not resort to violence against others to prove a point. Glaring example, the police officer who gave his life fighting the shooter was a pro-life Christian pastor. He was obviously opposed to pp performing abortions and selling baby parts but he still fought to protect innocent lives. There is also the claim that he said the phrase "no more baby parts". However, law enforcement also said he was rambling about many things and they cannot determine a motive. This guy clearly is on something, so how can you take one phrase and try to apply it to a political motive? This is obviously an isolated incident involving a crazed madman and is not related to a terrorist agenda.

  • We cannot assume he's a terrorist

    The dictionary defines the word "terrorist" as "a person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims." Using this definition, we can not be sure the attacker is a terrorist because we don't know yet if he had political motives in attacking Planned Parenthood and surrounding shops and buildings. The Colorado Springs police are reporting there are no clear motives.

  • We don't have enough information yet to decide.

    Since this situation only occurred yesterday, we do not have enough information to decide whether this was an act of terrorism. So far, it has been reported that the motive for the shooting has not been revealed. At this point, we do not know if the shooter specifically targeted Planned Parenthood. It could have even been a domestic dispute gone wrong.

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