Terrorism is now a bigger part of our lives than ever with Trump Republicans using it as an excuse for their regressive agenda.
Before the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the word terrorism was hardly a part of the American vocabulary. Terrorists mostly existed in third-world nations, and the thought of being affected by an act of terrorism wasn’t really on our minds.
Since that day, two presidential administrations have waged wars on terror that have either been hugely successful or a tremendous waste of taxpayer dollars, depending on your perspective. And yet, with groups like ISIS mentioned in the news almost daily, terrorism is now a bigger part of our lives than ever before.
The truth, though, is that the threat of death from a foreign terrorist attack is extremely low. If you need proof, here are 10 examples of things you probably spend less time worrying about, but that are more likely to send you to your maker.
It should come as no surprise to you that driving poses a much greater threat to your health than terrorism. The risk of a fatal accident is getting worse, too, particularly for our children. In 2016, 40,000 people fell victim to fatal car accidents. As the most common cause of death in children under 15, you’re better off preparing to rescue someone from a car wreck than preaching your counterterrorism agenda.
The act of eating just might have your number. Choking on food kills about 2,500 Americans every year. You’ll be doing your countrymen a bigger favor learning the Heimlich maneuver than packing that bug-out bag in fear of a terrorist coup.
Bovines were responsible for more than 108 deaths between 2003 and 2007, which breaks down to about 21 deaths per year. That’s orders of magnitude higher than the .075 deaths per year attributed to deaths from terrorist refugees — and that doesn’t even account for the poor souls who’ve fallen victim to mad cow disease.
You use it every morning in the shower, but burns from hot water can indeed be fatal. Believe it or not, every year, about 100 people pass away because of injuries incurred by exposure to hot water. What’s worse — that number increases to more than 500 when you include the 403 deaths per year caused by drowning in the bathtub!
- Man’s Best Friend
If you’re a dog owner, you know what great companions dogs make. Unfortunately, there are still small numbers of owners out there who keep mean dogs or just fail to train their dogs well enough to quell aggression. Sometimes bites occur entirely by accident because a dog is frightened. The result is about 18 people per year lost to canine-inflicted wounds.
Have you ever experienced Mother Nature’s fury in a windstorm? Hurricanes and tornadoes are just a couple of those intense storms you may encounter, and if you’re going to lump all things wind into one category, there were 104 wind-related deaths in 2012. You may want to hunker down the next time you find yourself in a windy situation!
It’s obvious that these machines are dangerous. It’s not pleasant to think about, but when you put yourself in close contact with a giant blade strapped to a motor once a week, there’s some risk involved. Lawnmowers kill roughly 63 people every year. Consider a ride-on.
That old expression “you’re more likely to be struck by lightning,” applies here. Lightning is the cause of 31 deaths per year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Parachuting Accidents
If you’ve never been skydiving, you might want to cross that off your bucket list before you keep reading. While not all of them are attributed specifically to skydiving accidents, parachute failure or complications are associated with nearly 20 deaths per year in the US. Of course, you’re probably safe skydiving once or twice — it’s all about limiting your exposure, just like with our next example.
Unless they’re terrorist sharks — in which case we might need to recalculate the statistics here — sharks attacked 53 Americans in 2016.
If you surf every day of the year, you’re still probably right to be nervous because more than half of the people attacked were surfers; however, not a single one was fatal. Average that against 2015’s six deaths and you have three fatalities per year — that’s still higher than your chances of being killed by a terrorist refugee.
Still One of the World’s Safest Nations from Terrorism
Terrorism is certainly something to be concerned about, and the devastation following attacks is nothing to take lightly. However, consider whether or not your vested interest in, say, President Trump’s wall and travel ban, is really worth worrying about so much over other issues. Terrorism’s goal is to spread fear, and when we let our fear divide and distract us, we’re actually allowing them a win.
There’s nothing wrong with being vigilant, but the fact is, your energy that goes into fretting about terrorist attacks might be better spent elsewhere, like double-checking your parachute.