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CNN: Right-wing extremists kill more people than jihadists, as long as you dismiss any contradictory evidence and concoct some of your own

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One year ago today, a couple of Muslim terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon. What better time to remind everyone that the real danger comes from those crazy teabaggers?

Peter Bergen and David Sterman, CNN:

On Sunday, a man shot and killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a third person. Police arrested a suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who shouted “Heil Hitler” after he was taken into custody…

Now let’s do the thought experiment in which instead of shouting “Heil Hitler” after he was arrested, the suspect had shouted “Allahu Akbar.” Only two days before the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, this simple switch of words would surely have greatly increased the extent and type of coverage the incident received…

According to a count by the New America Foundation, right wing extremists have killed 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11…

By contrast, terrorists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology have killed 21 people in the United States since 9/11.

And then, of course, there was 9/11 itself. But including that would really skew the numbers, so forget it.

As Kristine Marsh at Newsbusters notes:

The study conveniently left out certain key things — such as the number of prevented terrorist attacks each year and the multitude of jihadist attacks that happen globally. It also avoided the day of the biggest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Nor did it address the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi in 2012, which killed four Americans.

The count included “hate crimes” in the tally of “political reasons.” Which is funny considering that Bergen cited the Southern Poverty Law Center in his article. The SPLC could be accused of a “hate crime” itself for inciting the shooting at the Family Research Council in 2012. Floyd Lee Corkins admitted that he targeted the conservative organization after the SLPC listed the FRC as a “hate group” for it’s “anti-gay” stance on marriage.

The study’s tally seemed suspect as well, considering that they counted domestic disputes where police officers are killed as “hate crimes” influenced by “political reasons.” For example, they included a 2009 shootout in a Pittsburgh home where Robert Poplawski killed three police officers after his mother called the police during an argument. Later it was revealed that Poplawski had anti-Semitic views and was an alleged skinhead.

Whereas lefties are still trying to argue that Nidal Hasan wasn’t necessarily motivated by Islam, even though he yelled “Allahu Akbar” as he shot all those people.

The study doesn’t mention Christopher Dorner, Kermitt Gosnell, the Communist Manifesto-quoting nutjob who flew a plane into an IRS building… None of those deaths matter. None of that destruction matters.

Not to worry, though. Bergen is a director for the New America Foundation, which is funded by George Soros. That means you can trust this information. Billionaires funding things is only bad when the Koch brothers do it.

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Jim Treacher