luzribeiro (luzribeiro) wrote in talk_politics,
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Guess they'll have to ban booze too, now

Car plows into crowd at Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, 28 revelers injured

Well, they said it's not terrorism. Just some drunken guy acting like crazy. Shit happens, you know.

I don't know how you'd define terrorism, but someone plunging with a car into a crowd of peaceful citizens and causing pain, destruction and even death, pretty much has the same effect: causing chaos, fear and insecurity. We've yet to learn if there were some additional motivations behind this act, or it was just the alcohol, but the point is this:

If we can't protect the public from every single act of violence by a deluded madman, then why single out specific segments as the potentially predominant sources of violence? Yes, I guess I'm talking about that arbitrary ban for citizens of 7 countries which aren't even the major sources of terrorists (hello? Saudi Arabia?)

No matter if this guy did this under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or in other cases, a twisted understanding of a particular religious doctrine, he IS a terrorist - because his acts have caused terror. So, how do we handle home-grown crackpots and/or drunkards? How do we protect the public? Who should we ban this time?
Tags: incident, terrorism, violence
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