The Parallel Threat: Political Framing and Right-Wing Extremism in Canada and the
9 March 2023
Given the above, this brief discusses the findings from one component of the broader research question asked in my doctoral dissertation: Why have Canada and the United States allocated more resources countering IIT than RWE, even though the number of incidents and fatalities caused by the latter outnumber the former? Specifically, this component of the research asked about the links between the c. [...] The diversity of the electoral districts factored in the ethnic and religious makeup of the constituents, the year of the attack, the political representation at the state/provincial and federal levels, the number of persons killed and injured, and the geographic location of the incident. [...] And State Representative Veronica Escobar and Senator Ted Cruz – politicians that represent the constituents of El Paso – called the shooting a “terrorist attack.” For a complete list of all the attacks studied and the subsequent framing of these attacks, see appendix 1. [...] The rhetoric suggests that politicians on the left sometimes seize the opportunity of an attack to reenergize the anti-gun debate, even if the weapon was, for example, illegally obtained. [...] This was the case with the Quebec City Mosque shooting, the Toronto van attack, the Scarborough hammer attack, and the El-Paso Wal-Mart shooting.