Record Number of Militia and Hate Groups in the U.S.

March 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM 6 comments

This from the Southern Poverty Law Center (fantastic group):

Patriot Militia Groups

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The Year in Hate and Extremism

Capping four years of explosive growth sparked by the election of America’s first black president and anger over the economy, the number of conspiracy-minded antigovernment “Patriot” groups reached an all-time high of 1,360 in 2012, while the number of hard-core hate groups remained above 1,000. As President Obama enters his second term with an agenda of gun control and immigration reform, the rage on the right is likely to intensify.


While the number of hate groups remained essentially unchanged last year — going from 1,018 in 2011 to 1,007 in 2012 — the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) count of 1,360 Patriot groups in 2012 was up about 7% from the 1,274 active in 2011. And that was only the latest growth spurt in the Patriot movement, which generally believes that the federal government is conspiring to take Americans’ guns and destroy their liberties as it paves the way for a global “one-world government.” From a mere 149 organizations in 2008, the number of Patriot groups shot up to 512 in 2009, jumped again to 824 in 2010, and then skyrocketed to 1,274 in 2011 before hitting their all-time high last year.

Now, in the wake of the mass murder of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school and the Obama-led gun control efforts that followed, it seems likely that that growth will pick up speed once again.


The Hysteria Mounts
Even before the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gun and ammunition sales shot up in the wake of the re-election of the country’s first black president, the result of shrill conspiracy theories about Obama’s secret plans to confiscate Americans’ guns. When the killings actually did spark gun control efforts that clearly had not been in the Obama administration’s plans, the reaction on the political right was so harsh that it seemed to border on hysteria.


I know the dates and numbers on the graph are hard to read. Apologies.  Go to the “More…” link immediately above to see a larger version.


Entry filed under: 2012 Election, Fear, Hate Radio, Racism, Terror, WingNutO'Sphere.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tasagi Designs  |  March 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM


  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  March 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    I approved the comment above because, oy. Life’s too short not to. Everyone should have their say.

  • 3. Tasagi Designs  |  March 5, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Thank you!

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  • 6. GFY  |  November 1, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Citizens have every right to form militias for self defense, even from the government. These are your neighbors and fellow countrymen/women. They are not hateful or racist. Perhaps you are, but those who are willing to stand for freedom are usually not. GOD BLESS. I’m sure that will annoy you too :)

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