Living in the information age often prompts us to ask ourselves if the world is less safe, or if it's just reported that way? Violence and tragedy made for good reporting long before the 24-hour news cycle, but as instant global communication reshaped the world in the image of a global village, each disaster began to feel that much closer to home. The threat of global terrorism may seem very real, but a list has emerged online that might make you question exactly which dangers are lurking around the corner.
Over the past three years, reports from various websites including The Independent, The Guardian, and fact checking website Snopes have all indicated that the average American is more likely to be killed at the hands of a toddler than a terrorist. In 2015, toddler-related gun accidents were occurring on an almost weekly basis. Compared against data from the Centers For Disease Control, the fatalities for Americans over a 10-year period show death by an Islamic jihadist was the least likely cause, behind armed toddlers, lightning, and falling out of bed.
President Donald Trump recently retweeted videos from unverified sources, purportedly depicting various examples of violence by Muslims. The videos were posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of an alt-right nationalist group known as Britain First. Trump's retweeting of the videos drew harsh criticism from a number of prominent British figures including U.K. Prime minister Theresa May, and the tweets may have indefinitely postponed a planned State visit to the U.K. by Trump.
Though the authenticity of the videos has been questioned, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that's not the issue for President Trump. "Whether it's a real video, the threat is real, his goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security."
While we can't underestimate the role various law enforcement agencies have played in preventing further attacks on American soil, we also can't ignore the fact that overestimating the threat in lieu of more pressing concerns is a danger in itself.
H/T - Indy100