FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the remaining living Boston Bomber suspect, is apparently being charged with using WMD.
WMD - weapon of mass destruction, is a term that generally means nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. For example, when the U.S. Government gave the aboriginal Americans pox infected blankets, that was a biological weapon and WMD.
But is a gunpowder bomb in a pressure cooker?
Even U.S. Code says: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2332a (c)
Definitions.— For purposes of this section—
(2) the term “weapon of mass destruction” means—
(A) any destructive device as defined in section 921 of this title;
(B) any weapon that is designed or intended to cause death or serious bodily injury through the release, dissemination, or impact of toxic or poisonous chemicals, or their precursors;
(C) any weapon involving a biological agent, toxin, or vector (as those terms are defined in section 178 of this title); or
(D) any weapon that is designed to release radiation or radioactivity at a level dangerous to human life; and So nuclear, chemical or biological.
So why is this concerning, charging Tsarnaev with using WMD?
Because in recent years, the anti-gun lobby has worked to confuse guns as WMD, as a propaganda strategy, and they are now using the fact that gunpowder was allegedly used in the Boston Bombing, to make the pressure cooker bombs, as a reason to ban or regulate civilian access to gunpowder, as part of a greater agenda to ban all civilian access to firearms.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can, and should be charged with many things, including several first degree murders ( though I don't think the People's Republic of Massachusetts has the death penalty ) but he should not be charged with any WMD crimes, as that could harm the rights of the rest of us, which I suspect is the intention of the left, in this.
Please make your opinion known to the prosecutors in this case, as well as to your government officials, that the term "WMD" should not be debased in this matter, as part of a left wing strategy to further erode our human rights to keep and bear arms!