More significantly, for our purposes, "Canada’s most recent major gun tragedy occurred in June, when 24-year-old Justin Bourque, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, shotgun, and crossbow, shot five Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers in Moncton, New Brunswick, killing three." But there's no suggestion that the killer was a radical Muslim, so the world was mostly oblivious.
I've often noted that even in 2001, the year of the most successful terrorist attack in U.S. history, Americans were orders of magnitude more likely to be killed in a car crash. Today it's worth remembering that for the last year, five years, 10 years, or 20 years, Canadians were significantly less likely to be harmed by terrorists than a car crash involving a moose. I cannot promise that the moose menace won't be overtaken this year by the terrorist menace, but presuming as much from attacks that killed two people isn't just irrational, it is irresponsible fear-mongering.
On the neoconservative right, there is a knee-jerk attempt to use any murder involving a radicalized Muslim as proof that "the liberal media" is understating or ignoring the threat, as in this item at The Weekly Standard by Geoffrey Norman:
The New York Times has discovered something that many already knew. But they knew it from various defects of character—because they were racists or right-wingers or some other primitive life form. So what they knew wasn’t fact or truth but superstition or prejudice. The headline on the Times story reads:
In the West, a Growing List of Attacks Linked to Extremism
Up until yesterday’s attack in Canada these things were classified as “workplace violence,” or by some other euphemism.
Now, we learn that it is “extremism" that is behind the attacks. Progress of a sort.
Next question for the Times: What kind of extremism are we talking about here?
This is almost comical hackery, given that the very Times article under discussion could hardly mention Islam more prominently. Here are its first two paragraphs:
The Canadian authorities identified the gunman who fatally shot a soldier guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982. Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau, who had a criminal record, had recently converted to Islam, senior American law enforcement officials said. He was shot and killed in the attack.
The episode was the third deadly assault on people in uniform in North America this week, and the latest in a growing list of attacks in the West against soldiers, and in some cases civilians, by individuals who have professed affinity for radical Islam or sympathy for militant ideology. Recent attacks also raise new fears of the Islamic State’s influence on so-called lone-wolf assailants.
The article goes on to list numerous murderous attacks, all of them perpetrated by Muslims! But the Weekly Standard critique is also oblivious to the fact that in Canada, the aforementioned June attack on mounted police by a non-Muslim, anti-government extremist killed more people than last week's attacks by apparent Islamist extremists. That is the extremism that The New York Times elided.