More People Die From Lightning Strikes Than “Domestic Terrorism”

More People Die From Lightning Strikes Than

(RepublicanJournal.org) – A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report from February 2023 found an astounding 357% rise in domestic terrorism between 2013 and 2021. Yet, while the percentage has grown, data shows that more people die from lightning strikes yearly than from “domestic terrorism” incidents.

The GAO report enumerated 145 domestic terror-related deaths from 231 incidents between 2010 and 2021. A chart in the report showed that more than half of those deaths occurred between 2016 and 2021. Still, the average over the 12 years is approximately 12 deaths per year. By comparison, Statista showed 281 lightning-related deaths over that same period, an average of slightly more than 23 per year.

Moreover, an article from the Daily Caller pointed out that Americans are twice as likely to die from a lightning strike as domestic terror. Yet, the Biden administration continues to prioritize categorizing, identifying, and surveilling potential domestic terrorists. The GAO’s investigation and report aimed to minimize waste and duplication between agencies. It made six recommendations which involved the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI coordinating and collaborating more closely with each other “to identify and counter domestic terror threats.”

Notably, the number in the GAO report differs from information released in November 2022 by Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s report on “The Rising Threat of Domestic Terrorism.” The Senate report quoted the Anti-Defamation League, which stated domestic extremists were responsible for 443 deaths between 2012 and 2021.

Even if the Senate report number was more accurate, the total number of deaths by violent crimes each year, according to Statista, dwarfs the number of deaths attributable to domestic terrorism. Over 200,000 murders occurred between 2010 and 2021, an average of 16,775 per year.

On June 1, FBI Director Christopher Wray addressed an International Counterterrorism Conference. He said, “Terrorism—both international and domestic—remains the FBI’s number one priority.” He added that he didn’t see that changing any time soon.

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