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Why do shootings feel different than bombings?


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#1 melissaphish

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:49 PM

Why is someone who plants a bomb a terrorist but someone who shoots up a school or a movie theatre is not? 

 

Why does it feel so different? Is it just that the marathon bombing is so much closer to me? I don't think so, I felt much the same after 9/11 and Oklahoma City.

 

Did those of you who live near Sandy Hook feel completely violated, as though everything you know is under attack? I have thought about little else since it happened.

 

 



#2 melissaphish

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:50 PM

Dont get me wrong. I mourned over the victims of the recent mass shootings, but it didn't feel as though I/we were under attack.



#3 MeOmYo

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:51 PM

bombs are blamed on the person, gun violence is blamed on guns.



#4 SunshineDrummer

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:55 PM

Maybe because bombs are associated more with wartime?  Not to say guns aren't but when I hear "bomb" I think "war" and "attack."   Things like Pearl Harbor immediately come to mind

 

Edited to say:  I hope this makes sense.  I'm not always the best at getting my point across.  I'm not saying what happened in Newtown was any less tragic than what just happened in Boston. 



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:00 PM

not sure.... but the combined increase in both lately is very disconcerting.



#6 Jambear

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:01 PM

Same to me.

 

Just another instrument to cause terror and chaos.



#7 CTMuleman

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:11 PM

This ^

 

Although the bombing seems like a more cowardly act as it is unknown at the time who the bomber is compared to a shooter.



#8 concert andy

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

Probably a poor description but...

 

May be because bombers do not stay around for detonation (in general).

 

A gun man, can be shot, or stopped.  People can see gunman and hear gun shots.

 

Bombs go off, people usually unsuspecting.



#9 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:22 PM

bombs are blamed on the person, gun violence is blamed on guns.

 

This



#10 DF

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:07 PM

I think it's all about the numbers (casualties) and impact. If you want to hurt more people, disrupt the normal flow of every day life, and cause infrastructure damage..bombs seem to me the effective tool. This method seems more like terrorism.



#11 tiedyesky

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:24 PM

Melissa, Sandy Hook, HDI, Colombine, CT Lottery, Va Tech, Waco, Ft. Hood....all felt the same as 9/11 and OK, and now Boston to me. I'm not sure the means or the numbers make it  any less or more catastrophic IMO, as is the case with Fire v/s Hurricane victims. But that feeling of violation exists when it murder on a mass scale. To me the only difference between a terrorist and a madman is agenda, but the  end result is the same  :(



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:37 PM

mass killers with guns are at a personal level.  Even if he/she is spraying a crowd, he/she is seeing the damage done.  

A bomber drops his load and runs away.   Or walks up Boylston St



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:09 PM

Or walks up Boylston St

 

this still is really getting to me :cry: :bang:



#14 Lostsailr

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:40 PM

I also think a gunman's violence is aimed/ trgeted...damage, there, there there... 1 dimensional perhaps

A bomb just doesn't have exact target, just everything everywhere... randomness to the en-th degree...3 dimensional