CAIRO - As anti-Muslim stigmatization remains high in the United States, a new study has found that fatalities caused by shooting rampages in one year by far exceed the number of those killed in terror attacks by militants in a whole decade.
Since 9/11, Muslim-American terrorism has claimed 33 lives in the United States, out of more than 180,000 murders committed in the United States during this period, Charles Kurzman, the study's author and professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at University of North Carolina, said.Over the same period, more than 200 Americans have been killed in political violence by white supremacists and other groups on the far right, according to a recent study published by the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy.
The study by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security in North Carolina shows that excessive fear of homegrown terrorism by is unfounded.
The study "Muslim-American Terrorism Declining Further" found that there were nine terrorist plots involving American Muslims in 2012.
Only one of them, the attempted bombing of a Social Security office in Arizona, actually led to any violence.
There were no casualties in that or any other incident.
The number was by far less than the number of those killed in shooting sprees in 2012 alone.
Sixty-six Americans were killed in mass shootings by non-Muslims in 2012 alone, twice as many fatalities as from Muslim-American terrorism in all 11 years since 9/11, the study said.
The United States has experienced a number of mass shooting rampages last year, most recently in Oregon, where a gunman opened fire at a shopping mall, killing two people and then himself.
A shooting spree in December left 26 people, including 20 children aged 5 to 10 years old, dead when a heavily-armed gunman stormed into their school in Newtown, Connecticut.
A deadly shooting came in July at a midnight screening of a Batman film in Colorado that killed 12 people and wounded 58.
In 2007, 32 people were killed at Virginia Tech University in the deadliest act of criminal gun violence in US history.
The study highlighted a worrying mismatch between the scale of the terrorism problem and that of the government's response.
Law enforcement, including informants and undercover agents, were involved in almost all of the Muslim-American terrorism plots uncovered in 2012, the study says.
Until public opinion starts to recognize the scale of the problem has been lower than we feared, my sense is that public officials are not going to change their policies, Kurzman said.
For the second year in a row, there were no fatalities or injuries from Muslim-American terrorism.
Since 9/11, Muslims, estimated between six to seven million, have become sensitized to an erosion of their civil rights, with a prevailing belief that America was stigmatizing their faith.
In 2011, a report criticizing the tactic of US law enforcement agencies in sending paid informants into mosques to instigate and trap Muslims into terror plots was issued by New York University's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.
The report, themed Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the Homegrown Threat', criticized the government's tactic of sending informants into mosques to entrap Muslims into terror plots.It cited three high-profile domestic terrorism prosecutions which raised question marks about the role of the FBI and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in creating the perception of homegrown terrorism.