Right-Wing Terrorists: As Dangerous as Muslim Ones
They've killed more people since 9/11, Peter Bergen points out
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 10, 2014 11:46 AM CDT
Pictures of suspects Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller are on display during a news conference, Monday, June 9, 2014, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

(Newser) – The alleged killers in the Las Vegas massacre appear to have been motivated by right-wing ideology—they left a "Don't Tread on Me" flag at the scene of the crime—which sadly doesn't make them terribly unique. Since 9/11, right-wing extremists have killed 37 people in the US, compared to 21 killed by Muslim militants in the same time frame, Peter Bergen points out at CNN. Just how familiar have such killings become? So familiar that Bergen posted essentially the same piece less than two months ago, in response to the Jewish Community Center shootings.

Yet "it is jihadist violence that continues to dominate the news and the attention of policy makers," Bergen writes, and that "can have serious consequences." Law enforcement continually emphasizes that public vigilance can prevent attacks, but that only works if the public is cognizant of the threat—indeed, the Vegas shooters reportedly mentioned their plans to a neighbor. "Countering violent extremism cannot simply be a demand placed on Muslim communities. … Right-wing extremists have demonstrated their ability to be just as deadly." Click for his full column.

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hubble
Jun 12, 2014 6:02 PM CDT
OMG. Apparently all the gang shootings, murders, etc, from people most likely aligned with liberalism, most likely to vote democrat, are not an issue. Using the same logic that would make liberals more dangerous than Muslims and right wing terrorists combined. This is an attempt to label all right wing, or any non liberal, gun owners as potential terrorists. This agenda was started by liberals such as Donal Kaul who suggested killing NRA members and Republicans because they are potentially dangerous and John Cobarruvia who suggested the same.....
sunniladi
Jun 11, 2014 8:15 PM CDT
anyone who commences an article by stating these two were "ALLEGED killers" cannot ever be trusted to report anything credible about them.
LasVegasRocks
Jun 11, 2014 5:56 PM CDT
Thanks to Limbaugh, Fox News, the NRA, the christian (yes, with a small "c") religions, and all the rest of the right wing nut jobs, America is now less safe than it was 9/10/2001. All these whacked out right wing nut jobs deserve to have the guns taken away and be put behind bars until they learn some civility.