Red neck Republican Donald Trump delights in whipping up Americans into a frenzy, scaremongering about the Muslim terrorist threat, but research shows a rather different picture.The above chart from @grahamlogan57 from the internet is roughly right.
In fact, far more Americans were killed by gun violence in 2013 alone (33,636) than all the Americans killed on U.S. soil by terrorists in the last 14 years, and that’s including 9/11. (2,977 Americans were killed on 9/11 and only 48 have been killed since by terrorism on U.S. soil.)
20,000 Americans a year use guns to commit suicide. Access to firearms is associated with a significantly increased risk of suicide. (NAMI). Overwhelming evidence of this is on the internet.
The Donald is scathing about British safety, but the facts about deaths on British soil since 2013 are these.
- 2013 22 May: A British soldier, Lee Rigby, was murdered in an attack in Woolwich by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, two Islamist extremists armed with a handgun and a number of bladed implements. Both men were sentenced to life imprisonment, with Adebolajo given a whole life order and Adebowale ordered to serve at least 45 years.
- 2015 5 December: Three people are stabbed at Leytonstone tube station in east London, with one person suffering severe knife injuries; police subsequently announced that they were treating the stabbings as a ‘terrorist incident’. Video footage emerged following the stabbing of the attacker repeatedly shouting “this is for Syria”, in reference to the Royal Air Force‘s bombing of the Islamic State in Syria, which had commenced on 3 December after parliamentary approval
We should be hugely proud of the bravery and efficiency of our police and security services because research proves that so far, thank God, casualties on US and British soil are slight. We should never discount the danger, but look at the figure of US dead because Americans are allowed to bear firearms.
With the memory of the Belgian tragedy fresh in our minds, we should never be complacent, but one thing’s for sure. There are far greater dangers for American to be concerned about.
Maybe The Donald should lay off Muslims and do something about gun control.