While, the 2016 Presidential election is swiftly approaching, one of the main topics of conversations has been Islamic terrorism here in the United States. While terrorists certainly are a concern both here in the U.S. as well as abroad, the amount of attention and worry brought about by many of those candidates vying for the presidency is incredibly disproportionate to the actual deaths caused by such acts. While I am not trying to belittle all those who have been killed in the last decade due to attacks which have been motivated by Islamic extremists, there are so many other issues which should be brought to light. Below you will find the approximate number of deaths in the United States, related to each cause between 2005 and 2015.
– Shark Attack Deaths – 8
– Islamic Terror – 70
– Lightning Deaths 330
– Childhood Cancer Deaths (Under age 15) – 12,500
– Drowning – 45,000
– Food Born Illness Deaths – 50,000
– Suicides (Ages 15-24) – 100,000
– Gun Violence (Excluding Islamic Terrorism) – 320,000
– Accidental Gun Deaths – 15,000
– Car Accidents – 300,000
– Air Pollution Deaths – 2,000,000 – (source)
As you can see, Islamic terrorism has been the cause for an estimated 70 deaths here on American soil since 2005. This means that you have almost a 500% higher chance of dying from a lightning strike than from a terrorist attack that has been motivated by Islamic jihad. Now consider all the money that we have spent over the last decade on counter-terror measures, which I’m certainly not saying was a waste. What if just a small percentage of that money was instead used for discovering new drugs to cure childhood cancer, programs to reduce suicide among our young people, furthering firearm education, research into developing self-driving vehicles, reducing our carbon footprint, or educating parents on the dangers of drowning?
Why are we as a people so deathly afraid of an enemy, which killed less of our people in the last decade, than lighting has over the last three years? Why is a huge part of the political conversation in our country aimed towards such an evil, when perhaps air pollen, automobile accidents, contaminated food, gun violence, and suicide should be the real discussion points of this year’s debate? After all there is more of a chance of someone in your immediate family dying from gun violence or an automobile accident than someone in your entire state dying from an Islamic terrorist attack in any given year.