Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

America's Greatest Threat

Republicans claim we should fear terrorism. Democrats claim we should fear mass shootings. Yet statistically, Americans are more likely to be the victim of a lighting strike than they are of a terrorist attack or a mass shooting.

In fact, according to most statistics, you're more likely to die by crashing your car, keeling over in a heart attack, overdosing on prescription medication, drinking yourself into a stupor, falling off of a ladder, drowning in your bathtub, or even being impaled by a deer than you are by being blown up by a terrorist or shot down by a mad gunmen.

Politicians and media pundits constantly warn us to be vigilant for our own safety, yet there has never been a safer time for Americans than now. For the past several decades, violent crime has been declining drastically, to the point where it has fallen to an all-time historic low since 1978. The only people who tell you to be afraid at a time when there's no need to be afraid are those who would benefit and profit from the exploitation of your fear—in other words, politicians and media pundits!

I’ve already written about the proper responses to both terrorism and mass shootings, so I won’t repeat what I have already said, other than neither of those two things should cause anyone to fear. In the immortal words of FDR, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

For better insight into America's "violence problem" (and why it isn't a problem), watch this video by The Amazing Atheist: