What Newtown and Orlando have in common
USA Today - 06/14/2016
Law enforcement officials have described the shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando as a terrorist act. The shooter expressed solidarity with Islamic State in a 911 call.
“Terrorism is often said to have a political motivation. But take the politics out and they look a lot like other mass killings in the U.S.: hate-motivated acts of violence,” saidJack Levin, co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence at Northeastern University.
Levin and others said mass killings, such as Adam Lanza’s murder of 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and white supremacist Wade Page’s shooting of six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, come from the same playbook as the Orlando killing.