How “evil” arrives in the US
“We must keep ‘evil’ out of our country!”
- Donald Trump, Twitter, 2/3/2017
On June 12th, 2016, NPR published a list of the twelve deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. [I’ve updated to include new mass shootings as they happen, which is far too often.]
I did the research for you.
- Vegas shooter (killed 58): born in Iowa.
2. Orlando shooter (killed 49): born in New York.
3. Virginia Tech shooter (killed 32): born in South Korea.
4. Sandy Hook shooter (killed 26): born in New Hampshire.
5. Sutherland Springs shooter (killed 26): born in Texas.
6. Killeen shooter (killed 23): born in Pennsylvania.
7. San Ysidro shooter (killed 21): born in Ohio.
8. Parkland shooter (killed 17): born in Florida.
9. University of Texas shooter (killed 14): born in Florida.
10. Columbine shooters (killed 13): born in Kansas and Colorado.
11. Edmond post office shooter (killed 14): born in Oklahoma.
12. San Bernardino shooters (killed 14): born in Illinois and Pakistan.
13. Binghamton shooter (killed 13): born in Vietnam.
14. Fort Hood shooter (killed 13): born in Virginia.
15. Washington Navy Yard shooter (killed 12): born in New York.
Of the fifteen deadliest shootings in modern US history, only three of the seventeen perpetrators were born outside of the US. (It should also be noted that the Virginia Tech shooter arrived in the US at the ripe old age of eight.)
Three of seventeen.
“But what about bombings?”
Birthplaces of perpetrators from list of The 10 Worst Bombings in US History (John Hawkins, Townhall, April 16, 2013).
1. Oklahoma City: Timothy McVeigh (New York), Terry Nichols (Michigan)
2. Continental Airlines Flight 11: Thomas G. Doty (Texas)
3. United Airlines Flight 629: John Gilbert Graham (Colorado)
4. Wall Street: [believed to be anarchists, no culprit prosecuted]
5. Bath School Disaster: Andrew Kehoe (Michigan)
6. Los Angeles Times: John and James McNamara (Ohio)
7. The Haymarket Affair: Oscar Neebe (New York), Michael Schwab (Germany), Samuel Fielden (England), Louis Lingg (Germany), Adolph Fischer (Germany), Albert Parsons (Alabama), George Engel (German Confederation), August Spies (Germany)
8. LaGuardia Airport: [unsolved]
9. Preparedness Day Bombing: Thomas Mooney (Illinois, pardoned), Warren Billings (New York, pardoned)
10. World Trade Center: Ramzi Yousef (Kuwait)
Ten bombings, eighteen perpetrators (counting those pardoned later).
Seven of eighteen were from other countries.
One was from a Middle Eastern country. (Kuwait, by the way, not on Trump’s immigration ban list.)