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JJ MacNab @jjmacnab
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This thread will provide a snapshot of the Anti-Government Extremist movement in the US as of April, 2018.
This movement is a loose-knit grouping of sovereign citizens, private paramilitary groups (self-styled "militias,) doomsday preppers, tax protesters, and related organizations.
What's not included in the data I'm presenting here: White supremacists, neo-Nazis, “Alt-Right,” and single-issue extremists (anti-abortion, anti-LGBT, and anti-immigrant,) unless they are also a member of the Anti-Government Extremist movement.
Historically, this movement has been considered far-right but in recent years it has started to absorb some younger, far-left participants, so I'm intentionally not using the "right-wing" label in this report.
Furthermore, ever since the fringe beliefs of this movement unfortunately made their way into political discourse with the recent Presidential election, the lines between the movement and mainstream politics have blurred significantly.
My observations are based on data I've been collecting since the year 2000. In that time, I've counted 219 violent acts and plots involving 342 anti-government extremists.
This is not a "hate group" list. I have only included those extremists who have been criminally indicted for a violent act or plot or who died in the commission of their crime.
Of these 342 violent anti-government extremists, I found that 93% were male.
They ranged in age from 16 to 73 but almost 80% of the extremists involved were between the ages of 20 and 54.
These plots and acts of violence took place in 41 states plus the District of Columbia.
The states with the most events were:

1. Florida
2. Pennsylvania
3. Texas
4. Arizona
5. California
95 victims were killed with another 146 injured. In cases where the extremist died or was injured while committing his violent act, I have not included those numbers in the victim totals.
The anti-government extremists targeted a disproportionate number of law enforcement officers. Some of these were intentionally ambushed, others were merely the first government presence an angry extremists encountered.
84 of the 219 plots and violent contained in this report targeted law enforcement.

69% of targeted victims that were government-related (police, officials, federal agents, infrastructure, etc..)
The anti-government movement is steeped in gun culture and 144 of the 219 plots and acts involved firearms. The second highest weapon of choice was explosives (bombs, grenades, and so on.)
The number of plots and acts over the years has increased in a pattern that loosely matches the growth of the underlying movement subsets.

2000 to 2006 – Tax Protesters

2007 to today – Sovereign Citizens

2014 to today – Private paramilitary groups (so-called militias)
Sometimes, a person’s participation in an extremist movement is not revealed until a criminal investigation is complete, so some additional cases will likely be added to 2016 and 2017 over the next few months.
There was also a noticeable calm in the movement in the months following the Presidential election which may explain the decline in violent events and plots. With the recent national dialogue on potential gun control legislation, this calm may not last.
Another recent trend is that the sovereign citizen and tax protester segments of the movement have become more racially diverse in recent years. Private paramilitary groups have not.
The following is a link to this report and the data that supports it.
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