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The psychology of why 94 deaths from terrorism are scarier than 301,797 deaths from guns.

Excellent article that highlights how little reason and fear speak to one another – and how easily fear can be hijacked by politicians.

According to the New America Foundation, jihadists killed 94 people inside the United States between 2005 and 2015. During that same time period, 301,797 people in the US were shot dead, Politifact reports.
At first blush, these numbers might seem to indicate that Donald Trump’s temporary ban on immigrants from seven countries—a goal he said was intended to “protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States”—is utterly misguided.
But Trump is right about at least one thing: Americans are more afraid of terrorism than they are of guns, despite the fact that guns are 3,210 times more likely to kill them…


— Shomit


Posted in Blog on Thursday, February 2, 2017
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