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President Trump has defended his executive order banning people from Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. by claiming he is protecting the nation from foreign terrorist. But after the disturbing mass shooting in Las Vegas, many have pointed out that white male terrorists kill significantly more Americans than Islamic extremists do. Jennifer Williams writes in Vox:

Radical Islamic terrorists inspired or directed by groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda do pose a clear threat to the US. There is no question about that... But here at home, the bigger threat has come from a very different kind of attacker, one with no ties to religion generally or Islamist extremism specifically.
In fact, between 2001 and 2015, more Americans were killed by homegrown right-wing extremists than by Islamist terrorists, according to a study by New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, DC.
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The average citizen is far more likely to be killed by a fellow American with a gun than by a foreign terrorist.

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And others have emphasized that it is important to call mass shootings acts of terrorism, not just attacks carried out by Islamic extremists.

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But others argue Islamic terrorism poses a unique threat to our national security, and should therefore be given special attention. Marc Champion writes in Bloomberg:

Other say that Islamist terrorism is different from that of prior militants such as those of the IRA or the Palestine Liberation Organization. That’s because al-Qaeda, Islamic State and their clones are transnational and their aims are rooted in religious belief, making negotiating with them difficult. These thinkers say that the desire to be politically correct prevents Western leaders from recognizing that international terrorism is specific to Islam and poses a tremendous threat.
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And some believe it is hypocritical to treat responses to "white male terrorism" differently than responses to Islamic terrorism.

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