Why doesn't the media label school-shooters as terrorists?

Seems like time, and time again they are always labeled as "mentally-ill." Any reason why the media does this? Why can't we call them terrorists along with the Las Vegas, and Texas-Church shooter?

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Feb 14, 2018

No political motivation in a lot of cases.

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Feb 14, 2018

The word terrorist, as it is colloquially used by media outlets, connotes an individual or group that is motivated by a religious or political agenda. Most perpetrators of public mass shootings are not driven by political or religious agendas, and instead act on perceived personal slights or because of some demented personal ideology.

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Feb 14, 2018
iggs99988:

The word terrorist, as it is colloquially used by media outlets, connotes an individual or group that is motivated by a religious or political agenda. Most perpetrators of public mass shootings are not driven by political or religious agendas, and instead act on perceived personal slights or because of some demented personal ideology.

Okay, I guess they are just mentally-ill.

Feb 14, 2018

Not necessarily. Lots of gray area in life.You don't have to ascribe to one or the other. You could also be a mentally ill terrorist..a lot of overlap there. Sometimes otherwise normal people are driven to do incomprehensible things on some kind of random whim or thought, and they might not necessarily be clinically crazy either.

Feb 14, 2018

Dylan Roof wasn't called a terrorist.

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Feb 14, 2018

Philosophical view here.

Society tends to label terorrists as people who are very different from the average person. We like to distance ourselves from those who perpetrate "heinous" crimes. Sometimes this is done by labeling (i.e. calling them a terrorist), or by pathological attempts to distinguish him/her from us (i.e. Vegas shooter's tedious autopsy / brain analysis -- only to find nothing)

We seem incapable to comprehend that someone just like you and I are capable of acts of murder. (ironically, you and I don't know we are capable, we've never been in such a situation).

With school shooters, especially this white guy (Nicolas Cruz), we naturally feel "one with him" in terms of 1) having been through high school and 2) live in similar communitie(s).

Whether we like to admit it or not, we will never label someone we (subconsciously) determine to be similar to ourselves a terrorist. It's just not human nature.

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Feb 14, 2018

Cuz they're white

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Feb 14, 2018

Terrorism is motivated by an ideology. McVeigh was a terrorist. School shootings motivated by mental issues aren't terrorism. One you can solve through funding of mental health issues and identifying warnings. Another you can't.

Feb 14, 2018

Was Dylan Roof a terrorist or mentally ill?

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Feb 14, 2018

I'll check my thesis on every mass shooting.

Feb 14, 2018
onemanwolfpack:

Was Dylan Roof a terrorist or mentally ill?

They aren't mutually exclusive. Terrorist = religious, political, etc. motivation, Mentally ill = mentally ill. Mass shooters can be one, the other, or both.

The Orlando nightclub shooter and McVeigh were terrorists but otherwise not mentally ill. Adam Lanza and James Holmes were mentally ill mass shooters but not terrorists. Roof and the underwear bomber were both. Too early to tell on this psycho today, pretty clearly mentally ill but no indication yet whether or not he had a political/religious motive.

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Feb 14, 2018

thoughts and prayers

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Feb 14, 2018

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Feb 14, 2018

Because he ain't of middle eastern descent :)

Feb 15, 2018

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/mass-...
According to the database given in the above link 80% of mass shootings have guns obtained legally.

However, on the flip side we must also consider what %ge of guns sold legally has been used in Mass Shootings.

A blank gun ban wont work in the same way a blank mental program wont work.

Both need to be mixed and applied to have maximum effect.