The Continuing Cheapening of the Word "Terrorism"
A pickup truck driver is accused of trying to run over a bicyclist and then coming after him brandishing an ax after a road-rage incident in Burnsville last weekend.
The driver, Mitchel J. Pieper, 32, of Burnsville, was charged in Dakota County District Court on Tuesday with making terroristic threats, a felony, in connection with the altercation Saturday. The bicyclist was not seriously hurt.
Seems like a normal threat to me. Or assault, with intent to do bodily harm. What’s wrong with those criminal statutes?
Let’s save the word “terrorism” for things that actually are terrorism.