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Rise of the Terrormericans

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice’s, Lynching Memorial for lynching victims in Alabama, is a stark reminder of an inglorious era in US history to which the contemporary consortium of Terrormericans seek to turn

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice’s, Lynching Memorial for lynching victims in Alabama, is a stark reminder of an inglorious era in US history to which the contemporary consortium of Terrormericans seek to turn back the clock. The hate movement experienced a rekindling and resurgence with the campaign and 45th presidency of Donald J. Trump. Photo courtesy NMPJ

Terrormericans: Home bred insurgents have declared war, terror on America; Public Enemy No. 1  

Perspective. Home bred insurgents, Terrormericans, if you will, have declared war on America, committing random acts of terror, killing Americans at churches, synagogues, music concerts venues, public schools, restaurants, and retail shopping centers.

The Iron Cross is a famous German military medal that first appeared in the 19th century, according to the ADL. The Nazi regime in Germany superimposed a swastika on the metal in the 1930s, turning it into a Nazi symbol. Use of the medal was largely discontinued after World War II, but it remains popular with neo-Nazis and other white supremacists

The worst incident of domestic terrorism occurred in Oklahoma City, Okla. on April 19, 1995 at 9:02 a.m., when terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols perpetrated the horrific truck bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The blast killed 168 people, injured more than 680 others, and destroyed one-third of the building. The attack destroyed or damaged 324 other buildings within a 16-block radius, shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings, and destroyed or burned 86 cars, causing an estimated $$652 million worth of damage.

The latest domestic terrorist attack happened Aug. 3, 2019, at a Walmart Super Store in El Paso, Texas, when a random shooter opened up inside the venue killing 20, wounding 59.

Patrick Crusius, 21 of Dallas, Texas, casually walked into the Walmart store on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2019,  armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and began shooting men, women, and their children, indiscriminately. Police investigators believe Crusius is a white supremacist and deliberately targeted Hispanic Americans, culling from information on his Twitter account idolizing President Trump, the KKK leader David Duke, and Dylan Roof, the avowed white supremacist who murdered 9 black worshipers at a Charleston, SC church in 2015.

Crusius, Roof, McVeigh and Nichols fit the profile of a growing number of what I am calling “Terrormericans,” those willing to murder and terrorize Americans.

There have been a growing number of terrorist acts against American citizens, though not necessarily perpetrated by white supremacists, but nonetheless egregious assaults.

The peculiarity is the morbid attacks against Americans by Americans, in this case, Terrormericans, rather than Middle East Islamic enemies of the US like the Taliban, ISIS, and Al-Qaida.

Since the aim of home-grown terrorists – whether white supremacists or otherwise – is to intimidate by the use of violence, Terrormerican, is an apt umbrella description for all, even though they can be broken down by category.

There has been a litany of unspeakable mayhem unleashed in our nation by the sick and misguided here. Herewith are a few of the tragedies:

On Dec.14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children between six and seven years old, and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, before committing suicide shooting himself in the head.

By June 12, 2016, gun play at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub resulted in 50 deaths, Orlando was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, until Oct. 1, 2017, when Stephen Paddock, 64, from Mesquite, Nev. Opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in the Las Vegas strip in Neveda killing 59 people and wounding 422. Total injuries eventually mushroomed to 851. Paddock fired more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition from his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Then on Feb. 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old student expelled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla, returned to the school, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, opened fire killing 17 students and staff members and injuring 17 others.

In total, there have been at least 2,191 mass shootings since Sandy Hook, with at least 2,476 killed and 9,158 wounded, according to Gunpolicy.org, United Nations Development Programme.

America experiences so many gun deaths in large part because the nation has a glut of firearm, making it easy to carry out these atrocious acts of violence.

The Valknot or “knot of slain” is “an Old Norse symbol that often represented the afterlife in carvings and designs,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. White supremacists who use the symbol for racist purposes also use it to demonstrate they are willing to give their lives to the Norse god Odin, typically in battle. In other contexts, the symbol is also used by nonracist pagans.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), studies have linked stricter gun laws to fewer gun deaths. But the US has the weakest gun laws in the developed world. In 2016, per the CDC, 39,000 people died of gun-related injuries.

Mass shooting deaths represented less than 2 percent of all gun deaths in the US that year — 451 of nearly 39,000 overall gun deaths

Meanwhile, more than 14,000 of the gun deaths that year were homicides, and almost 23,000 — the great majority — were suicides.

The longest respite was 11 days between Jan. 8, 2013, and Jan. 18, 2013, when no mass shootings were reported, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Escalation of racial terror

As horrific as random gun fatalities are, with causes ranging from robberies, suicides, mental depression, and street gang mayhem, the focus of this commentary is a sinister predation perhaps a tad more virulent – the targeting of ethnic minorities by white supremacists.

So far in 2019, 294 people have been killed and 1,093 wounded in 266 mass shootings.

Mass shooting data comes from the Gun Violence Archive, which defines mass shootings as events in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, were shot but not necessarily killed at the same general time and location. GVA’s definition differs from other definitions of mass shootings, which may require that four or more people are killed or exclude certain shootings, such as gang-related and domestic events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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