Study Shows What We Already Knew: Conservative White People Are The Greatest Terror Threat To America (IMAGES)

A study by the New American Foundation (NAF) has recently discovered that the biggest terror threat to America is actually homegrown: Conservative white people.

The data was conducted by reviewing terror attacks on American soil over the last 14 years, with findings that revealed most attacks were not carried out by outsiders or jihadists, as many have grown to believe. They were, by majority, done by white supremacists or radical anti-government groups.

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In the foundation’s study, terrorism was defined as idealogical violence and excluded several mass shootings. Because they didn’t fit the guidelines, shootings such as Sandy Hook, the movie theatre shooting in Aurora Colorado in 2012, or the killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina a few months ago were not part of the study. However, the Charleston Massacre in which nine African Americans were shot dead by white supremacist Dylann Roof was included in the study, as his beliefs that white people were superior to black people were clearly an influence.

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That being said, it is reported that right-wing groups are responsible for twice as many deaths as Muslim extremists. Since September 11, 2001, there have been 26 attacks that the NAF defined as terrorism, and white Americans were responsible for 19 of them. But despite being a more likely threat, right-wing terrorism doesn’t get nearly as much media coverage as other terrorist groups. For example, in 2012 six people were shot dead at a Wisconsin Sikh temple by a man associated with neo-Nazis. The same year, a married couple in Las Vegas murdered two cops, leaving swastikas behind before going after a third person. The year before, white supremacists killed four people during a shooting spree in the Pacific Northwest. These incidents have been almost forgotten.

The NAF’s findings are supported by a recent survey conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. Of the 382 American police departments that were asked to list top threats, only 39% said “Al-Qaeda-inspired” violence. What was the other 74%? Right-wing anti-government violence. One of the researchers, Charles Kurzman, said, “Law enforcement agencies around the country have told us the threat from Muslim extremists is not as great as the threat from right-wing extremists.”

Despite the evidence, it’s hard to drive this point home to Americans who are conditioned to think that the biggest terrorist threats come from outsiders. Last week, Jon Stewart hammered America’s naivety when he commented on the Charleston massacre and America’s response to terrorist attacks by its own citizens. He said:

“What blows my mind is the disparity of response. When we think people that are foreign are going to kill us and us killing ourselves… We invaded two countries and spent trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives and now fly unmanned death machines over like five or six different counties, all to keep Americans safe. We’ve got to do whatever we can — we’ll torture people. We’ve got to do whatever we can to keep Americans safe.  Nine people shot in a church, ‘Hey, what are you going go to do?’…that’s the part I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around…

…This is a terrorist attack… Al Qaeda, ISIS, they’re not sh-t compared to the damage that we can apparently do to ourselves on a regular basis.”

Featured image courtesy of Last Rhodesian website.