A recent study confirmed you are more likely to die by falling out of bed or being struck by lightning than you are to be killed by terrorists. However, notice that there are no bans from certain bed frames that might cause you to fall out, nor are we prohibited from wearing necklaces or bracelets during a lightning storm. Statistically those would be the logical precautions to take if we want to be efficient with our federal spending, we ought to put our money toward the things that are doing the most harm. Instead, we have now chosen to restrict all people from seven nations from entering our country because of the small chance that they might be terrorists.
To me this is very backwards.
There have been 13 total attacks on US soil by radical Islamists since 9/11. But an average of 87 people are shot every day, 609 every week by other Americans, and we don’t see any changes being made to the Second Amendment. More people are dying from cancer, pollution, car accidents, suicide, homicide and we have chosen to make our main focuses terrorism and immigrants. Where is our logic coming from?
This is not to say that terrorism isn’t one of the main issues in recent years, and by no means am I disregarding the victims of terrorist attacks as any less important than people killed by lightning. Terrorist attacks are brutal, they aren’t fair and they are wrong. But most importantly, and this is what people forget, they are meant to instill a sense of fear, they are done to make people afraid and to make us become angry and instinctive. The very definition of terrorism is the “use of violence and threats to intimidate, terrorize or coerce, especially for political purposes.”
Am I not wrong in saying they are succeeding?
We are all afraid, so afraid in fact that we have completely banned the entrance of people from seven different nations. We have banned families from entering, we have banned refugees who have nowhere to go, we have banned students and scientists and doctors. People who want to help us, people who believe in our right to happiness and freedom. Isn’t that just playing into what they want? Terrorists want us to be fearful of them, and to change our beliefs and our morals and our laws to adapt to their attacks. They want us to turn against each other, and to replace our most cherished belief - that all people are created equal - with thoughts of panic and distrust.
There is no worse way to respond to terrorist attacks then to ban completely nonviolent people from entering a country. People who believed in our purpose and our hope are now angry and hurt.
Angry and hurt people who have nowhere to turn and who feel they have been betrayed by the United States are the people who become terrorists. By banning people from entering this country because we assume they are all terrorists we are only giving them more reason to become what we assume they are.
We have, yet again, gone backwards.
Trump is not “strong” because he has banned people from Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. He isn’t “protecting the American people” or “keeping our democracy safe” by banning people from Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. He is turning peaceful people who have been tempted, perhaps all their life, by the safety, equality and prosperity promised by this country into people of dejection and resentment. He is saying that we are better than them, he is saying that their religion is based in violence and hate and he is saying that they do not deserve to be here because of something that is out of their control.
I can tell you right now that blaming, shaming, bombing, and banning is not going to be what combats terrorism. Love of all persons, acceptance of all religions, generosity towards all nations and faith in our country and its’ fierce belief in freedom and liberty is what terrorists are most afraid of. Because terror is the root of terrorism, when we accept our fear of differences and end our need to blame, we will no longer feel terror towards others or terror towards ourselves.