Wired: U.S. Muslim Terrorism Was Practically Nil in 2012

Spencer Ackerman writes a pretty great article showing how Muslim terrorism is barely a thing anymore:

Only 14 people out of a population of millions were indicted for their involvement in violent terrorist plots in 2012, a decline from 2011′s 21. The plots themselves hit the single digits last year.

That shocked me. Sometimes data really can knock you sideways. But why do we always hear so much about terrorism in the news?

Spencer continues:

Since 9/11, Kurzman and his team tallies, 33 Americans have died as a result of terrorism launched by their Muslim neighbors. During that period, 180,000 Americans were murdered for reasons unrelated to terrorism. In just the past year, the mass shootings that have captivated America’s attention killed 66 Americans, “twice as many fatalities as from Muslim-American terrorism in all 11 years since 9/11,” notes Kurzman’s team.

Looks like the US really has its priorities in the wrong order.