On Wednesday, the Anti Defamation League (ADL) released their annual report on extremist killings, showing that all related murders in the U.S. during 2018 were carried out by individuals who have been tied to various right wing extremist movements.
According to the report, at least 50 murders were committed by domestic extremists, who the ADL
defines as people positively connected to, and mirroring the ideology of extremist groups or
movements. The ADL Center on Extremism tracks right wing, left wing, and religious extremist groups, and found that 78 percent of the murders were committed by those connected to the white supremacy movement, and 16 percent by those with ties to anti-government groups. Two percent of the murders are filed under Islamic extremism, a killing that was committed by a 17-year-old that had previously identified with the white supremacist movement before identifying as Muslim.
The remaining four percent, two murders, are attributed to the incel movement,a primarily online community that identifies as “involuntarily celibate,” often exhibiting racist and misogynistic views stemming from – and this is completely true – a lack of romantic encounters with women. Both of these murders were committed in November when a man opened fire on a yoga studio in Tallahassee, FL. The man had been broadcasting his racist and misogynistic views online prior to the attack.
Guns were the overwhelmingly preferred weapon for right wing extremists in 2018, as 42 of the 50 killings were committed with firearms. The murders occurred during 17 incidents, five of which were considered shooting sprees. 38 of the deaths and 33 injuries were the result of these five mass shootings.
The ADL reports 2018 as the forth deadliest year for extremist murders since 1970, up 35 percent from 2017, a trend that is attempting to spill into 2019. This week, four were arrested in upstate New York for planning to attack a Muslim community. They were found to have access to 23 rifles and shotguns and three home-made explosives.
For more on extremist attacks, visit the ADL’s H.E.A.T. Map, detailing incidents of hate, extremism, antt-semitism, and terrorism: https://www.adl.org/education-and-resources/resource-knowledge-base/adl-heat-map
By Jay Sharpe