Friday, September 24, 2010

CRIME: Is it as important as "Terrorism"?


I read through a nice blog about being prepared for terrorism and bad things happening. I have been thinking the entire "Terrorism" things we hear have been way over blown. The chances of the average guy being hurt by a terrorist is slim yet the changes of an American family being harmed by a local criminal is great. Now we are spending billions on wars to protect us from a terrorist as we cut spending on local crime prevention. Over the last 60 plus years I cannot count the number of times a member of my family or myself was harmed by a criminal act. In some cases costing us a lot of money and some hospital bills. Yet our government has gone to war to protect me from a "terrorist" ignoring that which really threatens me and my family. My personal thoughts are simple the "terror" thing was a political move by certain groups and the current politicians are afraid to stop the hype in favor of doing the right thing and protecting Americans from local crime, drug wars, and the things that really affect us. It would be nice if we spent just some of those billions we spend on foreign wars to protect us from a terrorist on simple local crime prevention or stopping the growth of drugs in this county. I have read that 80% of the crime here is drug related and who knows how many American families are harmed by the drug problem. I would venture to say more Americans have been killed by local criminals than any terror attack. Before I prepare myself to avoid a terror attack I better prepare myself from a local criminal. When I can I will find those figures that show what I am saying, we should devote more attention to preventing local crime then any terrorist.

PS- If I am reading the statistics correctly at this link about 10,000 Americans have been murdered a year. Since the 9-11 terror attacks about 3 times the number of Americans per year are killed by local criminals rather than terrorists. Each year it seems to increase. Not to mention the other crimes that cause harm to the average guy. Here is the link,http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm

Look at the harm criminals cause and compare to the hype about terrorism. Where should we be spending those billions? Protecting us from a terrorist, which is important, or a criminal which seems a lot more important?



u 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


Labels: , , ,