By now, we’re used to hearing about mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings by people who claim to have connections to a group.
But in recent years, mass shootings have been perpetrated by people with ties to a far more fringe political and social movement: the far-right.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) and the National Alliance for the Preservation of Firearms Freedom (NAPF), which has ties to the Tea Party, have been active in the United States for decades.
But the far right has been gaining ground in the last few years.
According to a 2017 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the number of violent hate crimes committed by white supremacists, white nationalists, and the Ku Klux Klan increased by 17% between 2016 and 2018.
This surge has coincided with an increase in the number and number of shootings by white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and other right-wing extremists, and an increase of people who have used the weapons of violence in the form of weapons, as well.
This is a developing story, and we’ll be updating this post with more information as we learn more.