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America faces greater threat from its own white men than from Muslim foreigners

  • Published at 03:40 pm October 3rd, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:22 pm October 3rd, 2017
America faces greater threat from its own white men than from Muslim foreigners
US President Donald Trump promised to protect America from "radical Islamic terrorists" when he signed his much-debated executive order and decided to ban citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering his nation. At the Pentagon, he said: "We don't want 'em here," to reporters while signing the order in January. In spite of all the precaution and his effort, terrorist activities did not stop and white Americans killed even more Americans than outsider terrorists within the first eight months of Trump government, reports Vox. Radical Islamist terrorist organisations like ISIS and al-Qaeda claimed 49 lives in Orlando, Florida in 2016 before last night’s deadly attack in Las Vegas. The 2016 attack also left 53 people injured. Besides, dozens of people have been killed in England, France and Canada this year by the ISIS-linked militants. But a bigger threat has become visible in America from a different kind of attackers who have no ties with any religion based terrorist organisation or Islamist extremism. A 64-year-old white man, hailing from Nevada, opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night where more than 22,000 people had gathered. Another white man, aged 66, shot a Republican Congress member in June during a baseball practice. The attack also caused injuries to several other people. A 20-year-old white man from Ohio killed an anti-racist protester and injured 19 others in a procession in Virginia with his car. In March, black men in New York City were to become targets of a 28-year-old white man who travelled from Baltimore. He stabbed Timothy Caughman, 66, to death. Muslim teenagers of Portland became victims of harassment in May when a 35-year-old white man who chanted "We need Americans here" at them. Later, he stabbed two men to death for protesting against him. According to a study by New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, DC, more Americans were killed by right-wing terrorists than by Islamist terrorists between 2001 and 2005. Although Trump said “the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country” in his first speech to Congress, none of the major US terrorist attacks in the last 15 years were carried out in the name of Islam. The San Bernardino shooting, which claimed 14 lives, was carried out by an American-born US citizen. The Orlando nightclub shooter who murdered 49 people was an American-born US citizen of Afghan descent. The Boston marathon bombers, who left three people dead, came to the US from Kyrgyzstan and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad was a Pakistani-American. Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009, was born in Virginia to Palestinian parents. Zack Beauchamp, a senior reporter at Vox, once wrote the average American is more likely to die from their own clothing or a toddler with a gun than an immigrant terrorist. In such a situation, it is quite clear that it is humans who adopt the extremist views and commit the acts of violence, irrespective of any Muslim, Arab, immigrant or any other group of people.