The hospitalized Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was charged today with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in the U.S. and one count of malicious destruction of property with an explosive device. He was assigned three federal public defenders and will be tried in a civilian court. The charges could carry the death penalty.
Typically the phrase “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” is defined as:
“A chemical, biological, or radioactive weapon capable of causing widespread death and destruction.”
Do you think we got it right in this case? Does that term seem to fit this heinous crime? If not, then what? Honestly I’m on the fence and I think the weapons he used were certainly large and terrible; though it doesn’t seem to fit the traditional definition of what we know as weapons of mass destruction.