The chances of a refugee killing you

As President Trump's travel ban takes effect, there is a lot of confusion with court cases, pointing fingers and both sides of the issue demonstrating passion and resolve not to budge.
By Harry Marcolis | Feb 02, 2017
As President Trump's travel ban takes effect, there is a lot of confusion with court cases, pointing fingers and both sides of the issue demonstrating passion and resolve not to budge.

Numbers though, don't lie, and according to the statistics currently available, which were derived from a study by the libertarian think tank CATO, since 9/11 only 9 Americans have been killed on home soil by Muslim extremists. If compared to other forms of death, that is a drop in the ocean as there were 39,000 fatalities in road accidents and 12, 843 through gun violence.

When it comes to a death caused by an immigrant, chances of that happening are 1 in 3.6 billion which is next to impossible. This study was conducted in 2016 as a risk analysis research.

The statistics can change drastically in the event of a terrorist attack of the magnitude of 9/11, but the statistics also show that Trump's administration is overreacting.

Without dropping guard on security, the resources the Trump administration is using up in the fight against immigrants can be channeled to more useful avenues. For example, 20,000 people kill themselves with guns annually, the leading cause of death in America, heart disease claims 614, 348 lives or cancer which claims 591,699 lives annually.

Clearly, there are bigger fish to fry, and if these killers could get additional funding from the budget, more lives would be saved, and that would truly be the way to make America great again.

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