Ter­ror­ists come in all shapes, shades

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL - SO­HAIL HU­SAIN Pitts­burgh, Pa.

The re­cent shoot­ing at a Repub­li­can con­gres­sional baseball prac­tice in Alexan­dria at­tests to the ter­ri­fy­ing re­al­ity that no one, not even our high­est elected of­fi­cials, is safe from the dis­turb­ing na­tion­wide in­crease in vi­o­lent acts. Par­tic­u­larly trou­bling is that the shooter, James Hodgkin­son, ap­pears to have made a cal­cu­lated at­tempt to in­cul­cate fear with his fierce op­po­si­tion to Pres­i­dent Trump and the GOP.

If you look up the State De­part­ment’s def­i­ni­tion of ter­ror­ism, the case can be made that Hod­kin­son was a home­grown ter­ror­ist. Such rad­i­cals have gained alarm­ing ground and pose a grave threat to our na­tion. They may not hold for­eign names or look or dress dif­fer­ently from the av­er­age Amer­i­can, but their vic­tims and fam­i­lies can tell you that they are just as dan­ger­ous as any other vi­o­lent ex­trem­ist.

Though Hodgkin­son was a sup­porter of Sen. Bernie San­ders, I com­pletely em­brace Mr. San­ders’ em­phatic words on the Se­nate floor in the wake of the shoot­ing. He said “vi­o­lence of any kind is un­ac­cept­able in our so­ci­ety.”

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