As defined by the US FBI, 'the unlawful use of force against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population or any segment thereof, in the furtherance of political or social objectives'
The general consensus in the intelligence community is that the homegrown terrorist threat during the fast year has supplanted plots that originate overseas, said Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary of Intelligence and Analysis Caryn Wagner.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms studies have long confirmed that it is the vast reservoir of legal guns, perhaps as many as 300 million, in the United States that feed the handgun supply for America's criminal class and likely our homegrown terrorist fringe.
While efforts by the FBI to track this are extremely important, it's the state and local law enforcement officials who are really going to have to agree to play a role if we are going to find more homegrown terrorist activity.
Horrific as it was, the killing of a husband and wife, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, by homegrown terrorist, Craig Stephen Hicks, is the kind of violence that can only fit into a greater media and official narrative, which designates millions of innocent Muslims, in the US or across the world as enemies or potential terrorists.