With Republicans shouting from every rooftop that they can find about the dangers that extremism and ISIS impose on us as a nation, they certainly are behaving like Chicken Little. They want us to think the sky is falling at every moment so they can push their war policies and ideologies of hating those that don’t fit their mold of White Christian ‘perfection.’
Republicans across the country are telling everyone that the Syrian refugees who are seeking asylum in the United States are secretly ISIS undercover and if we let them in they will most certainly attack us. This myopic viewpoint is not only bigoted, but it is just utterly inaccurate.
To put things in perspective, I’ve put together a list of things that actually may cause us harm on any given day. Things that are killing people in the United States every year. Things, in fact, that have definitely killed more people in the United States than ISIS.
- Cars: Did you know that driving to and from work actually imposes a bigger threat on your life in the United States than ISIS currently does? According to data, nearly 34,000 people die from auto accidents per year.
- Painting your House: Think your house looks a little dingy? Might need to brighten it up after a harsh winter? Think again. The CDC has listed that over 30,000 people die in unintentional falls every year. So, get off that ladder, folks. Is it really worth the risk?
- Sketchy Burger Place: Imagine this — you’re driving along the highway for hours upon hours. You get a rumbly in your tumbly. You think to yourself, “I could really use a bite to eat,” so you pull off the next exit. However, the only place to eat is a place with a half-lit sign that says “Burger.” You think, how bad could it be? BAD, folks, because according to statistics nearly 39,000 people die of unintentional poisoning deaths every year. Don’t be one of them.
- That Bowl of Pretzels: Former President George W. Bush was one of the lucky ones, but so many are not. The fourth leading cause of unintentional injury and death is choking.
- Second Graders: You’re reading that and you’re all like, “what the f*ck?! Second graders?” Yes. No, they’re not all little militants looking to get you, but they could be carriers of one of the most deadly things in the United States — the flu bug. Nearly 57,000 people die of from Influenza and Pneumonia each year. Think about that the next time you want to do a career day at your local elementary school. Or rather, think twice.
- Hair Dryer: Want to look nice for that party you’re going to this Saturday evening? Well, before you get ready, remember that each year about 60 people die from accidental electrocutions from small household appliances.
- Christmas Decorations: You’re five times more likely to die in a fire related to Christmas tree and holiday decorations than the average winter holiday fire.
- Your Backyard Swimming Pool: On average, over 3,500 people die from unintentional drownings each year.
- Your Doctor: As much as we trust our doctor with our lives, the unfortunate truth is that around 400,000 Americans are killed by medical malpractice yearly.
- Gun Ownership: While many in the nation like to maintain the guns make us safer as a nation, evidence clearly shows that this is not the case. Over 36,000 people die yearly from firearm deaths.
Why make the point about how dangerous so many things are? Because all of the things that were just mentioned have killed more Americans than ISIS, at home and overseas.
While acts of violence perpetrated on Americans by ISIS is still a very legitimate thing to worry about, lets take into consideration how Republicans are using extremism to dictate foreign policy and garner votes from their terrified and war-hungry base of misinformed voters. We have very stringent processes already in place to safeguard the American people. If you’re worried about safety, you have more things in your house that have a better chance at causing you potential harm.
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