For the two guys that read my posts, you are aware that I disagree with President Obama on just about everything he says, does, believes and thinks.
But when he's right (every other blue moon or so), he's right. And rather than blindly disagree with a glaring truth (being the right wing nut job that I am), I will back up President Obama's assertion: you are in virtually (statistically speaking) no danger of walking out of your front door and getting mowed down by a terrorist wielding an AK-47. You just aren't.
Donald Trump's acceptance speech was criticized by Obama as being dark, alarmist and exaggerated about the danger that Americans face today, and he says that we have never lived in a more peaceful world than now. That's unarguably true, if you look at the statistics.
We are all aware of ISIS and their tactics; blow up a very public place, encourage lone wolf assholes to take out as many innocent victims as possible while shouting 'alahu ahkbar,' and make as big of a splash in the headlines as they can. The body count in Nice was 90 innocents. 49 were killed in Orlando. 14 people were killed by terrorists in San Bernardino. Home grown Black Lives Matter murderers ambushed and killed 5 officers in Dallas, and another 3 in Baton Rouge.
Very big headlines. Lots of hand wringing about the world gone to hell in a hand basket. But the body count is just not what it was in the 'good ol' days.' It just flat out isn't.
In the American Civil War (or the War of Northern Aggression, if you are a dumb yokel who doesn't know any better), 750,000 people were killed during 1861-1865. In World War I, another 53,000 Americans died in that conflict. In World War II, 291,000 Americans were lost. Vietnam saw 47,000 U.S. soldiers die.
Those were dangerous times. A million deaths in times of war in U.S. history over the last 100 plus years, that is living in dangerous times. The likelihood of a mother losing her son back in those days was relatively high in times of armed conflict.
But only a couple of hundred deaths (not counting Chicago, where black on black crime is considered normal every day life and death) in the last year? That's relatively nothing, statistically speaking. This is living in peace, given the violence we have seen in our history over the long term.
We are not at a full scale war with any existential threat, such as was the case with the Empire of Japan and the Nazi threats 70 years ago.
Donald Trump is taking the headlines of a few deaths, as awful as they are, and blowing things out of proportion to advance his political agenda (as all politicians do). We are still living in a country where we can go to the mall, go to the ball game and not really worry about getting killed.
We are living in peace, currently.
Relatively speaking. And this is Obama's point. He is right.
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