The United States has been home to a lot of gun violence recently.
Unfortunately, we need to be on high alert right now because the recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade could lead to extreme political violence.
Judges and state officials should operate with an abundance of caution.
"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned that threats of political violence, particularly against judges and state officials, will likely intensify in light of the Supreme Court's decision to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, according to an intelligence memo obtained by CBS News." —Camilo Montoya-Galvez
Domestic extremists will very likely use this ruling as an excuse to target state officials and their facilities.
"Domestic extremists, Homeland Security officials said in their intelligence memo, 'will likely exploit' the Supreme Court's ruling to 'intensify violence against a wide range of targets.' Federal and state officials, and their facilities, could be 'most at risk' of being targets of political violence, DHS concluded." —Camilo Montoya-Galvez
Additionally, these extremists will probably target protesters and abortion clinics. Violence will almost certainly escalate.
"Public protests in response to the high court's decision could become 'attractive targets' for individuals seeking to commit acts of political violence, according to the memo, which also predicted that attacks against both reproductive services and pregnancy resource facilities could escalate." —Camilo Montoya-Galvez
If you are protesting, please be on high alert: COVID-19 cases are rising right now, on top of everything else, and these extremists seem determined to target anyone who disagrees with their intense and hurtful views.
Homeland Security officials have noted that there has been an uptick in political violence and threats beginning in May of 2022.
"The ruling is...likely to further inflame political tensions around the issue of abortion, which has long divided Americans. Homeland Security officials on Friday noted there's been a recent uptick in threats and acts of political violence related to abortion since an early draft of the decision to overturn Roe was leaked to Politico in May." —Camilo Montoya-Galvez
Pregnancy resource centers are being targeted.
"Since May, there have been at least three arson attacks against pregnancy resource centers in New York and Oregon, and a family advocacy organization in Wisconsin, according to the DHS memo, which also highlighted two arson attacks against current or former reproductive health facilities in Washington and Wyoming over the past two months." —Camilo Montoya-Galvez
On the other side of the political spectrum, there have been quite a few attacks on religious organizations recently: Ministers, church staff, and anyone attending their weekly religious ceremonies need to be extremely cautious.
"DHS officials said they've also recorded 11 acts of vandalism threatening violence against religious organizations 'perceived as being opposed to abortion.' Earlier this month, a federal grand jury charged a California man with attempted murder after he was arrested near the Maryland home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The man, who pleaded not guilty, allegedly told detectives he was 'upset' by the leaked draft of the Supreme Court's abortion decision, the Justice Department said." —Camilo Montoya-Galvez
Just last week, Congress passed a bill to increase security for Supreme Court Justices.
"Last week, Congress passed a bill to bolster security for Supreme Court justices and their immediate family members. President Biden signed the bill into law on June 16. On Friday, Mr. Biden forcefully denounced the Supreme Court's decision to overrule Roe, saying it should galvanize Americans to vote. But he urged those planning to protest the ruling to do so peacefully." —Camilo Montoya-Galvez
In short, no matter what side of the aisle you are on, tensions are strong and violence will likely increase, so it's important to prepare for that.