Americans More Likely to Be Killed in a Car Crash, Drowning or Accidentally Suffocating than from Terrorism
By far the most depressing poll of the day comes from Pew Research. It found recent news about Syria has caused many Americans to become dramatically more fearful about Islamic extremism and terrorism.
The number of people who give the government a positive rating when it comes to reducing the threat of terrorism went from 72 percent last November to just 56 percent today. That is a huge 16 point drop.
Similarly, significantly more people are now inclined to give up some liberty in the name of security.
What is so depressing about this is that nothing has directly happened to imply that the American people have become less safe. Yes, there are some really bad militants on the other side of the planet but that has basically been the case for most of history. The really big difference this month seems to be that the media decided to talk about them more, and ISIS seems really skilled at viral promotion.
When it comes to the actual safety of Americans living in America there is no reason to believe terrorism should be a serious concern. There have been no major domestic terrorist attacks that would imply real logic behind a dramatic change in opinion.
You are far more likely to be killed in a car crash, die from slipping at home, accidentally suffocating, or drowning. A lack of basic exercise will kill a thousand times as many Americans as all terrorism
If Americans were truly concerned about protecting Americans instead of making the scary feelings go away we should be spending much of the Department of Homeland Security’s budget dispatching agents to give out complimentary gym memberships, make sure people have anti-slip bath mats and offer swimming lessons.