Bye Bigots! Study Shows You’re More Likely To Be Killed By Your Own Clothes Than By Immigrant Terrorists

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You’re More Likely To Be Killed By Your Own Clothes Than Terrorists

A new study shows you’re more likely to be killed by your own clothes or lightning than immigrant terrorists reports Vox reports:

Donald Trump has spent a huge amount of time on the campaign trail warning about the risk of terrorism from immigrants. Hence his famous proposal to ban Muslim immigration until we “figure out what’s going on.”

A new report, from Cato Institute analyst Alex Nowrasteh, attempted to look into just that. And what it found was striking: The risk of terrorism from immigrants is astonishingly tiny.

Cato is a libertarian think tank that has a noticeably pro-migration stance. But Nowrasteh’s research is on really solid ground: He combed through data on terrorism and immigration from nine different sources, covering 1975 through 2015. He counted any attack on US soil in which an immigrant participated as a terrorist attack by immigrants, even if some native-born Americans also helped in its planning or execution.

What he found was striking. Virtually all the deaths from immigrant attacks (98.6 percent) came from one event: 9/11. Other than that, fatal immigrant-linked terrorist attacks in the US were vanishingly rare.

To put that in perspective, I’ve produced the following chart, which compares the average annual likelihood of American pedestrians being hit by a railway vehicle, dying due to their own clothes melting or lighting on fire, and being killed in a terrorist attack perpetrated by an immigrant.

If you exclude the 9/11 attacks from this data, you’re more likely to be killed by a lightning strike than a terrorist attack executed by foreigners — by a whole lot.


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