NSC Study Shows You are More Likely to Killed By a Cop Than a Terrorist

Just to keep things in perspective:

After 9/11, the fear of another attack on U.S. soil cleanly supplanted the fear of having one`s penis chopped off by a vengeful lover in the pantheon of irrational American fears.

While we`re constantly being told that another attack is imminent and that radical Islamic fundamentalists are two steps away from establishing a caliphate in Branson, Missouri, just how close are they? How do the odds of dying in a terrorist attack stack up against the odds of dying in other unfortunate situations?

The following ratios were compiled using data from 2004 National Safety Council Estimates, a report based on data from The National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, 2003 mortality data from the Center for Disease Control was used.

— You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

— You are 12,571 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack

— You are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane

— You are 1048 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack

–You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack

— You are 87 times more likely to drown than die in a terrorist attack

— You are 13 times more likely to die in a railway accident than from a terrorist attack

–You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a terrorist attack

–You are 9 times more likely to choke to death on your own vomit than die in a terrorist attack

–You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

–You are 8 times more likely to die from accidental electrocution than from a terrorist attack

— You are 6 times more likely to die from hot weather than from a terrorist attack

Source

I love the soldiers who are willing to die for me, a complete stranger.  I mourn the loss of life on 9/11.  I do not support the victimization of women and non Muslims in nations under Islam.

But lets be real:  since we lost about 3,000 lives on 9/11 we have killed millions.  We have made entire city blocks nothing but houses with orphans.  We have willingly sacrificed 5,170 US soldiers in our “War On Terror”.

Has it been worth it?  That is for each individual to decide.  Myself?  I am rather dubious.  Yes, we should defend ourselves.  But our response should not be disproportionate.

Regardless, headlines like the one above sure grab your attention.

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