Right-wing terrorism in the United States is on the rise, and a national survey of 175 U.S. law enforcement agencies in 2014 ranked the armed right-wing sovereign citizens movement above Islamic terrorists as the most prominent domestic terrorist threat. The proliferation of armed militias like the Oath Keepers is also concerning law enforcement officials.
A report released last week found that within the past nine years, right-wing American extremists plotted or carried out nearly twice as many terrorist attacks as Islamist extremists domestically.
Free speech advocates and dangerous speech experts also weighed in on the NRA video. “Language like ‘violence of lies’ & ‘clenched fist of truth’ weaken civil discourse,” read a tweet from the Dangerous Speech Project.
The group, headed by Susan Benesch—a well known free speech scholar and researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society—analyzes extremist speech. The NRA’s ad, they said, “seeks to divide” Americans.