Cop more likely to kill you than terrorists...

terrorismIf you want to believe the TV at the checkout aisle of your local Wal-Mart, then- in the world you allow them to sell you- the threat of terror attacks is an ever present worry in your life.  Day and night, you sweat like some shell shocked Israeli in a discothèque just waiting for that muttering Arab swaddled in C-4 and bottles of screws and marbles to walk into your life and alter it forever. 

Convenient, if you think about it, to stoke those xenophobic fears in the simple hearts of rube while in a one stop shop for Apocalypse supplies…

But is this fear a warranted one?

The Progressive Review recently crunched the numbers from a 2004 National Safety Council Estimates, a report based on data from The National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau as well as 2003 mortality data from the Center for Disease Control, in order to come up with these eye opening ratios between death through terrorist and death in the various other ways that we meet it. 

Here’s what they found:

-- You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

-- You are 12,571 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack

-- You are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane

-- You are 1048 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack

--You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack

-- You are 87 times more likely to drown than die in a terrorist attack

-- You are 13 times more likely to die in a railway accident than from a terrorist attack

--You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a terrorist attack

--You are 9 times more likely to choke to death on your own vomit than die in a terrorist attack

--You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

--You are 8 times more likely to die from accidental electrocution than from a terrorist attack

-- You are 6 times more likely to die from hot weather than from a terrorist attack

 Really makes the FBI being able to track down people who buy copies of Catcher in the Rye at a moment’s notice oh so fucking valuable now, doesn’t it...

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