The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published a study illustrating that right-wing extremists have caused more violence in America than domestic “jihadis,” reported Vice News.
The SPLC’s report duly noted the tragedy of 9/11, where international jihadists killed over 3,000 Americans in a single attack. However, since that day, the SPLC found that “A large number of independent studies have agreed that since the 9/11 mass murder, more people have been killed in America by non-Islamic domestic terrorists than jihadists.”
From April 2009 to February 2015, there were 63 incidents of terrorism on American soil, and most of those were carried out by far-right extremists. Vice News reported that these incidents include attacks on abortion clinics, government agents, and the Fort Hood shooting. These attacks were committed by American “patriots,” anti-government gun nuts and ultra-religious zealots.
“We felt that the report demonstrated pretty clearly that some attention should be paid to the domestic radical right,” said Ryan Lenz, a writer at the SPLC’s Intelligence Project. “The domestic radical right has killed more people than radical Islam since 9/11 in the United States, without a doubt.”
Most of these acts are carried out by a “lone wolf;” the man who attacked a federal courthouse and Mexican consulate in Austin, Texas is a prime example of a “lone wolf” attacker. The shooter, Larry McQuilliams, was a 49-year-old anti-government “patriot” whose political sentiments motivated the attack. But he’s hardly the first of his kind.
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