Soundbite Terror Attacks

February 10, 2017

When put into context via scientific analysis, our risk of dying at the hands of foreigners is slim to none. This is reason alone to positively reflect on the odds of living well and long, embracing the good and setting aside the bad news. The question we ask is this: What is more dangerous and paralyzing? The news and politicians suggesting that we live in peril or the peril itself?

From the Cato Institute:

“Including those murdered in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the chance of an American perishing in a terrorist attack on U.S. soil that was committed by a foreigner over the 41-year period studied here is 1 in 3.6 million per year. The hazard posed by foreigners who entered on different visa categories varies considerably. For instance, the chance of an American being murdered in a terrorist attack caused by a refugee is 1 in 3.64 billion per year while the chance of being murdered in an attack committed by an illegal immigrant is an astronomical 1 in 10.9 billion per year.”

We hope you choose to read the entire report here. We encourage you to look deeper than soundbites and beyond the politicization of terror as your frame of reference for your community and country.


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