Right-wing extremists committed all ideologically driven mass killings identified in the U.S. in 2022, ADL reports.
A new report about murder and extremism in the U.S. found that all extremist-related murder and mass killing was committed by right-wing extremists.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that we live in an age of extremist mass killings,” the report by The Anti-Defamation League said.
White supremacists commit the greatest number of domestic extremist-related murders in most years, but in 2022 the percentage was unusually high: 21 of the 25 murders were linked to white supremacists.
The report shows that domestic extremists pose significant problems in the U.S., from incitement and harassment to hate crimes and terrorism.
The data is meant to help people understand one of the most serious threats that extremists in the U.S. can pose: the taking of human life.
Although there was a decrease in extremist killings in 2022 from 2021, the number was comparable to the number of extremist killings in 2020.
The report noted that 60% of the deaths stemming from extremist mass killings in 2022 came from two incidents: the racist mass shooting in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York and a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.
The number of mass killings linked to extremism in the U.S. in the past decade was at least three times higher than any decade since the 1970s.
The number of deaths associated with mass killing incidents has also risen. Almost all the killings in 2022, at 93 percent, were committed with firearms.
Domestic extremists regularly commit murders to further their causes, using deadly force against perceived enemies, the ADL said.
The ADL Center on Extremism tracks domestic extremist-related murders connected to all types of extremism, including right-wing extremism, left-wing extremism, and domestic Islamist extremism, as well as less common forms.