Orlando shooting shows why ‘inspired by terrorism’ a useless distinction

In the aftermath of a horror like the Orlando mass shooting, we often turn to religious or political ideologies as explanation. For example, the shooter’s last-minute pledge to ISIS must have signified the real reason he committed such a heinous act.

There is some truth to this. Certainly your beliefs influence how you treat others.

But a focus on ideology ignores two things.

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