10 Things More Likely to Kill You than Islamic Terror

December 11, 2015   |   Carey Wedler

I am not terrified of the terrorists; i.e., I am not, myself, terrorized. Rather, I am terrified of the terrorized; terrified of the bovine masses who are so easily manipulated by terrorists, governments, and the terror-amplifying media into allowing our country to slip toward totalitarianism and total war.” – Dan Sanchez

Carey Wedler
December 11, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Guided by talking heads, American armchair warriors spout vitriol, increasingly calling to either treat Muslims like Jews in the Third Reich or simply bomb them into oblivion — and their cognitive dissonance is glaring. These contradictions are evident not least in the paralyzing fear so many ‘Mericans feel toward Muslims who courageously call for soldiers to do their bidding in the Middle East. Their crippling fear of Islamic terror, itself, is cloaked in contradiction.

According to an analysis by the New America Foundation, Islamic terror attacks in the United States have led to the deaths of 45 people since 9/11. While 45 deaths is 45 too many, the dizzying fear of Islamic extremism currently sweeping the nation is objectively overblown.

Considering Islamic terror killing an average of 3.2 Americans per year (45 deaths divided by 14 years) since late 2001, here are ten causes of death more worthy of their fear:

1. Television: TV might be linked to earlier deaths among those who watch more than a few hours a day, but more concretely, the devices themselves kill 176 people a year. Literally. They fall on people. That’s 55 times more deaths than Islamic terror claims annually.

2. Fireworks: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, celebrating the 4th of July might be more deadly than Islamic terror attacks. The organization reports an average of 7.1 deaths per year — meaning Americans are more likely to blow themselves up than be eviscerated by the jihadist bombers they so fear.

3. Cows: Yes, cows. According to the CDC, cattle slay an average of 20 Americans every year. While these deaths occur mostly among farm workers, dogs kill 28 Americans per year, spiders kill seven, and venomous lizards and snakes kill six. All of these animals are still more likely to kill an American than the caliphate and other Islamic boogeymen.

4. Elevators: While the fear of dying as a result of an elevator malfunction has probably plagued many Americans at one time or another, such a worry is likely fleeting. However, if Americans are truly concerned with “common sense,” a virtue Donald Trump frequently touts, they would do well to readjust their phobias. Elevators kill 27 Americans per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

5. Choking: Americans will sooner perish from choking on food or other objects than from an Islamic terror attack. At least 2,500 people per year are killed by this type of asphyxiation — 781 times more than from a jihadi assault. Hot dogs are particularly menacing. Perhaps we should ban them in the same vein as Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims. Then again, killing fewer cows to grind up for beef dogs might lead to an uptick in cattle-on-human violence. America is at a perilous crossroads.

6. Lightning: People often quip that one is “more likely to be struck by lightning” when they want to highlight an event’s improbability. However, even as the number of deaths from lightning decreases over the long-term, it is still higher than the number of people killed by Muslim terror attacks each year. Forty-nine people per year die from being struck by lightning — more than 15 times the rate of death from Islamic extremist murders.

7. Car accidents: Though most Americans are aware of the high risk of death by car accident, this knowledge doesn’t mitigate their extreme Islamophobia. The Association for Safe International Road Travel estimates about 37,000 Americans die each year in vehicular accidents, over 11,562 times the number killed by Muslim fanatics.

8. Heart Attacks: Heart attacks are one of America’s leading killers, claiming 190,625 times more American lives than Islamic terror. 610,000 Americans die from heart attacks per year. Cancer kills 589,430 Americans annually, and diabetes is the main cause of death for 69,071 Americans per year. They are responsible for astronomically more fatalities than radical Islamic terror.

9. Police: According to a three-year average of American police killings logged by killedbypolice.neta more comprehensive database than the federal government’s — police killed 998 people on average per year from 2013-2015. That’s roughly 312 times the average annual number of people killed by Islamic extremists since 9/11. The average number of people killed by Islamic terrorism in the last three years is 7.7 — including the recent shooting in San Bernardino — and by that parallel measure, police are still about 130 times deadlier than terrorists.

10. Prescription Painkillers: The CDC estimates that 44 people die per day from overdosing on pharmaceutical painkillers. Never mind that that number is almost 14 times the number of Americans killed by Islamic terrorism each year. Based on the CDC’s figure, about 16,060 Americans die annually from painkillers — making the Big-Pharma money-makers 5,019 times more deadly than the Islamic terror that has Americans trembling whilst hiding under their blankies.

Other notable risks of death greater than an Islamic terror attack include scalding tap water, which kills 100 American per year; bad medical care, estimated to be responsible for at least 100,000 deaths in the U.S. annually; and hypothermia, which kills 1,340 Americans per year. Oh, and don’t forget Christmas trees. Fires caused by Christmas trees kill roughly ten people every year. Are Christmas trees conspiring with their lights to traitorously wage war on Christians via suicidal self-combustion?

While the Washington Post has previously cautioned against making comparisons between events that inherently cause death (for example, a terror attack) and events that may cause death (like driving a car or riding in an elevator), it remains that being caught in the throes of a terror attack is just as coincidental a fate as choking — or rather, less coincidental, based on the data. One could die from a terror attack at an office building, but they could also die from an elevator accident in the same location.

Either way, many of the most pervasive forms of death — like heart attacks, cancer, and painkiller overdoses — are preventable, at least in part, through lifestyle choices. If Americans were as passionate about ending these killers as they are about battling ostensible Islamic terror, millions of lives might be saved.

If Americans’ fear of death were rooted in data and objectivity, they might drop their calls to ban Muslims. The recent rash of attacks against peaceful Muslims might wane. Eighty-three percent of registered voters might not fear an inevitable terror attack. A majority of Americans might not call for further military escapades in the Middle East, which will most assuredly kill countless innocent civilians — all so the ‘free and the brave’ can do their Christmas shopping sans an irrational fear of being blown up at the mall (though previous invasions have done little to quell that panic).

Rather, Americans might consider changing many elements of their everyday lives. They might alter their diets to reduce heart attacks, tackle their addictions to pharmaceuticals, remove their televisions from their homes, and, er, avoid the dangerous bovine masses they have come to resemble so closely.


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Author: Carey Wedler

Carey Wedler joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in September of 2014. Her topics of interest include the police and warfare states, the Drug War, the relevance of history to current problems and solutions, and positive developments that drive humanity forward. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she was born and raised.

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  6. The things listed do not proactively plot your demise. You must either misuse/abuse substances, sit on your arse all day, be in the path of a bad/distracted/sick/drunk driver, point a gun at a policeman, have some form of heart disease, or be in the wrong place at the wrong time. You left out tornadoes, by the way.

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  7. Right, so it's that aspect not the gross or net lethality that is the problem; the intent. So a corrupt corporation aided by a negligent government failing to regulate is less attrocious than an armed terrorist? They're both abhorrent; quit the focus on political agendas.

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  9. Ed Sterns We give foreign aid to lots of people. Only a select few decide to kill us. So tell me: if corporations and individuals (Hillary Clinton, for example) supply monies and weapons to terrorists…does that mean that we can't blame them for killing innocent people? Where's the personal responsibility? It's like saying 'kids are going to have sex anyway, so let's make it safe for them'. They hate us anyway, so let's give them what they need to carry out jihad. How's that?

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  15. It's not the likehood but the intent.
    I'm not in the least worried about dying but I do fear the fear that has become endemic in our society.

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  16. Whoever has arrived at this statistics, and made a comparison with islamic terrorism.. imagine a situation of a short circute happened at your house that has happened in a death.. and another situation when someone entering your house, makes an electrocution killing one in the house..? Would you still see the statistics and try to reduce your agony?

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  17. Here's the first few reasons why the article is wrong
    1) millions of dollars, Euros and pounds are being spent to keep the figures where they are. There are a significant number of people in the world plotting to do democracy down and increase Islamic dicatatorship.
    2) who says only Americans are important? Hundreds of thousands are dying as a result of Islamic terrorism across Africa the middle East and Europe. This article inplys that because they are foreigners being terrorised we don't need to try and stop it
    3) most glaringly, who said the counting should start after 9/11? Take the figures back one year and rework them you'll get a whole different picture.

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  18. Ed Sterns only on the surface. It's directed at those that don't want to import terrorists. So if you want to invite the odds into you home feel free. I don't plan on standing outside during a thunderstorm and inviting myself to be struck or any action that puts me or my family at greater risk to anything on that list. In other words such propaganda is what it is, I'm just not buying, you can.

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  19. I wish people would stop comparing Germany to ISIS. Germany was the most technologically advanced country in the world at the time. ISIS is struggling to hold on to what territory (basically no-mans land) they have, and have to deal with increasing desertions and flagging recvruitment. They're apples and oranges.

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  20. Just like all the white Christains who plot, plan and go into public places and preform.mass shootings. Dont hear anyone calling them terrorists or demanding changes to the law to prevent them doing this virtually every day in the good old USA

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  22. Wow, you're really only counting the US in the number of people killed by Islamic terrorists? (I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that you think the world ends at your borders) But try telling that to your average Syrian…

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  25. The article's pretty specific about these numbers only applying to people in the US.

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  26. Would it make sense to compute the risk of dying in war by using only data AFTER the biggest war in US history?

    Would it make sense to compute the risk of dying in an earthquake or hurricane by only including data AFTER the deadliest earthquake and hurricane in US history?

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  27. Bud Humelsine That's ridiculous; show us the similarities between Isis and Nazi Germany. The former slis around in the dark of night planting IED's, the latter had the most formidible military pound for pound.

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  28. A the joy of statistics you an make anyting look exacty how you want it to look just by skewing a couple little things….

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  29. My first thought was of the oddity of starting the count after the largest terror attack in the USA. Not honest. I do agree we should not be lead into wars by hype.

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