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The New York attack was labeled ‘terrorism.’ The Texas shooting wasn’t. Here’s why

By Doug Criss, CNN

A man in a rented pickup truck mows down people on a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center. Eight people are killed, and the attack is almost immediately called an act of terror.

A man armed with a rifle storms into a Texas church during Sunday morning service and starts firing. More than two dozen people are killed, but investigators don’t call it terrorism.

Why are some violent acts labeled terrorism and others not? And does it even matter?


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