On the Differences Between Terrorists and Mass Murderers

A few days ago my uncle, Dr. Jeff Victoroff, appeared on a local news program to discuss the differences between terrorists and mass murderers in light of the shooting in Aurora, CO. A specialist on human aggression and terrorism (among other things), Jeff breaks down the different types of mass murderers and explains why the suspect in the Aurora case “doesn’t even deserve the title terrorist.” That’s an important distinction, as it is common to blur the definitions of certain loaded terms for the sake of political expediency. It does not dilute the horror of what happened to make clear that because someone has terrorized us does not mean he is a terrorist. In this case, the shooter’s actions define him as a mass murderer.

Click on the image below to watch the segment:

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