- 56 people have already been arrested this year for helping to support or plot with ISIS.
- This is the largest single year total arrests for terrorism in the country since 2001.
- The current set of those arrested for terrorism are younger and more likely to include women than the historic mix has been.
- Since March, 2014, 71 people have been arrested with 56 of those arrests coming this year, indicating a potential upward trend in terrorism arrests.
- “The individuals range from hardened militants to teenage girls, petty criminals and college students,” said Lorenzo Vidino, the director of the university’s program on extremism, which conducted the study. “The diversity is staggering.”
- The study, titled “ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa.”
- John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security, has asserted that of the terrorism-related arrests in the past 18 months, mostly related to the Islamic State, 80% of those arrested were younger than 30, and 40% were under 21 while 14% were women.
- More than 50% of those arrested had tried to travel abroad, usually to Iraq or Syria.
- 65% of those polled say the national news media negatively impacts the country.
- 82% of Republicans say the national news media has a negative impact.
- Only 19% of those polled believe they can trust the government and politicians in Washington with only 3% saying they can trust Washington “just about always” and only 16% saying they trust Washington “most of the time.”
- In 1997, 37% of Americans said that the government needed “very major reform” while in 2015 that number has jumped to 59% saying that government needed major reform.
- 53% of those polled wanted a smaller Federal government with fewer services while 38% want a bigger government with more services.
- 89% of Republicans distrust government and 72% of Democrats distrust government.
4) A recent article on the CNS News website by Mark Perry followed up on the CDC study we discussed yesterday, how the growth in gun sales and gun ownership occurred as the violent crime rate was plummeting. The article pointed out that in 1993, there were 7 firearm related homicides for every 100,000 Americans. By 2013, that rate had dropped by almost half to 3.6 homicides per 100,000 population (Clikc on the graph for a larger view):
From 1993 until 2013, the number of privately owned guns grew from about 185 million to 357 million in 2013. Looking at the population change, the number of guns went from .93 per person in 1993 to 1.45 in 2013 and still the homicide rate dropped.Now correlation does not necessarily mean causality. But given that there are daily reports of citizens using their legally obtained and used guns to protect lives and property, it is not a stretch to assume that properly armed and trained citizens reduce crime because criminals, usually just adult bullies, are also afraid of dying.Another view of the same data shows that the number of weapons owned is up 56% since 1993 while the homicide rate from guns is down 46% since then. As always, the numbers do not lie as they are the only source of reality, not politicians rantings and lying.
More numbers tomorrow.
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