Americans Fear Foreign Terrorism but Ignore the More Deadly Domestic Gun-Murder Epidemic

The Progressive Cynic

© Josh Sager – April 2013

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Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the start of the so-called “war on terror,” Americans have approved the expenditure of trillions of dollars and overlooked severe contractions our civil liberties in service of preventing future terrorism. While terrorism is a very real threat to the United States, the response to the threat of terrorism is disproportionately higher than the response to the far-larger threat of domestic gun violence.

In the United States, you are immeasurably more likely to be killed by an American criminal or lunatic with a gun than some foreign terrorist. The degradation of our country’s gun laws—heralded in by the gun lobby and their conspiracy theory constituency—has allowed thousands of dangerous people to get their hands on guns that can kill many people, in very short amounts of time.

Unfortunately, American public policy is extremely lopsided in its responses to both…

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