The mass killings that erupted last year seemed linked by little more than a hail of gunfire. Their locations became etched in public memory, the terror and bloodshed drawing our attention to a church in Charleston, S.C., military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., and most recently, a holiday gathering in San Bernardino, Calif.
But together, these violent rampages contributed to a grim statistic: At least 52 people in the United States were killed by domestic extremists in 2015, the highest number in two decades, according to a report released Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.
Each year for the past two decades, white supremacists have been responsible for more deaths than any other extremist faction, Pitcavage said. Over the past decade, killings by white supremacists have accounted for 70 percent of the nearly 300 extremist deaths tracked by the ADL.