Recent years have illustrated the threat posed by individuals undertaking terrorist acts on their own. Lone-actor violence has repeatedly captured media headlines, in particular since the adoption of run-over attacks. Clearly, this is a form of terrorism that must be taken very seriously for its proven ability to cause considerable numbers of fatalities. At the same time, our analysis of and response to the lone-actor phenomenon is marred by conceptual confusion and assumptions whose validity has been insufficiently tested. As the ways in which we perceive problems strongly influence how we deal with them, the lone-actor threat needs to be critical examined.
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