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In America, Domestic Extremists Kill At Least 50 People In 2018

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In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo a Pittsburgh Police officer walks past the Tree of Life Synagogue and a memorial of flowers and stars in Pittsburgh in remembrance of those killed and injured when a shooter opened fire during services Saturday at the synagogue. The social media site popular with far-right extremists and apparently used by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect, advertises as a haven for free-speech fans. As more mainstream sites have cracked down on hate speech and threats of violence, critics say Gab has become a breeding ground for white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other extremists.

In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo a Pittsburgh Police officer walks past the Tree of Life Synagogue and a memorial of flowers and stars in Pittsburgh in remembrance of those killed and injured when a shooter opened fire during services Saturday at the synagogue. The social media site popular with far-right extremists and apparently used by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect, advertises as a haven for free-speech fans. As more mainstream sites have cracked down on hate speech and threats of violence, critics say Gab has become a breeding ground for white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other extremists.

Gene J. Puskar

Domestic extremists killed at least 50 people in America last year. Right-wing extremists are overwhelmingly to blame, according to a recent Anti-Defamation League report. 2018 was the fourth-deadliest year on record for domestic extremist-related killings in the U.S. over the last 50 years. Deadly shooting sprees contributed to last year’s high death toll. In 2018, firearms were the most commonly-used weapons in mass killings and other murders committed by right-wing extremists. Joining us to unpack the frightening statistics is Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow with the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.

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