Just hours after the shooting spree in Colorado, federal authorities said they did not see any connection to terrorism. But as is often the case in these incidents, the definition of terrorist is maleable. In an interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Union, the governor of Colorado raised the question of whether the shooter should be considered a terrorist:
HICKENLOOPER: No. I was talking - I mean, I think that the political will come, but at this point, you know, in a funny way, this guy is a terrorist, right. He wasn't a terrorist in the sense of politics, but for whatever twisted reasons that we can barely even imagine, he wanted to create terror all right. He wanted to put fear in people's lives.
And for so many of us, movies are one of the places that we find solace and get away from the life. And it is hot in the summer and the movie theater is cool, and when it is freezing in the winter, the movie theater is warm. You get to get outside of your daily life. We can't let him take that away from us, right. My chief of staff, her daughter organized 20 kids last night all in the early 20s to go see "Batman" just to make - to drive a stake in the ground to say, listen we are not going to be terrorized, right, we're not going to accept that. We are - we're not going let that happen.