Terrorism math doesn’t add up


Terrorism directed at the United States accounts for only 7.8 percent of all terrorism worldwide. Hard to believe if you watch any cable news.

Starting with Lincoln, we’ve averaged 14 deaths a year due to terrorism; 9/11, when added, jacks that up to 34 a year. Bee stings kill 53 per year. Pet dogs kill 31 per year. Horses 20. Work-related deaths average 91 people a week (Waco anyone).

And, of course, our two biggest killers are heart disease and cancer… The Republican House of Representatives in H.R. 1 slashed $1.6 billion from the National Institute of Health’s budget this year by the way (cutting 20,000 researcher and technician jobs), yet so far we’ve spent $5 trillion on the War on Terror.

Since 9/11 there have been only 33 deaths from Muslim terrorism vs. 33 to 35 gun-related murders each and every day. If you add together all gun deaths and all non-fatal gun injuries, you get 104,852-some people shot every year – 160,829 murdered between 2002 and 2011. That doesn’t move you, though. It’s the price, right?

The killing of 20 babies doesn’t move you. I’m guessing that you all feel that this is an acceptable price for freedom, liberty and your Second Amendment rights.

In 2010, 15,576 children and teenagers were injured by firearms — three times more than the number of U.S. soldiers injured in the war in Afghanistan. That doesn’t move you.

What does move you, though, is a cougar or wolf killing a cow or sheep. Now that gets you all up in arms and ready to legislate and kill, kill, kill – even the cubs. Twenty people in North America were killed by cougars between 1890 and 2011. Do the math.

Diane Daiute

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