These people are sick, intellectually depraved and dangerous.
‘Husbands Are Deadlier Than Terrorists’: NYT’s Kristof’s Latest Pathetic Attempt to Explain Away Islamic Terrorism
By Clay Waters, Newsbusters, February 13, 2017:
Why don’t people think the media are sufficiently concerned about Islamic terrorism? Well there’s this, for one. And the New York Times Sunday Review brought another exhibit from columnist Nicholas Kristof, who has an obsession with trying to shrink the threat of Islamic terrorism to the size of a bathtub, or at least, to the threat posed by bathtubs. And stairs. And husbands, as in his latest column, “Husbands Are Deadlier Than Terrorists.” The text box: “Trump’s focus on refugees diverts from real dangers.”To Kristof, everything in the world is more important that the Islamic terror threat, which is why he regularly issues callous, tone-deaf, often innumerate attempts to convince his readers that it’s some kind of right-wing paranoid myth.
With the President Trump Reality Show, it’s easy to be distracted by ANGRY ALL-CAPITAL TWEETS or Oval Office tantrums. But resist, and stay focused on matters of life and death.
Consider two critical issues: refugees and guns. Trump is going berserk over the former, but wants to ease rules on the latter. So let’s look at the relative risks.
This is where Kristof makes his usual pivot to gun control:
In the four decades between 1975 and 2015, terrorists born in the seven nations in Trump’s travel ban killed zero people in America, according to the Cato Institute. Zero.
In that same period, guns claimed 1.34 million lives in America, including murders, suicides and accidents. That’s about as many people as live in Boston and Seattle combined.
It’s true that Muslim Americans — both born in the United States and immigrants from countries other than those subject to Trump’s restrictions — have carried out deadly terrorism in America. There have been 123 such murders since the 9/11 attacks — and 230,000 other murders.
The bottom line is that most years in the U.S., ladders kill far more Americans than Muslim terrorists do. Same with bathtubs. Ditto for stairs. And lightning.
Above all, fear spouses: Husbands are incomparably more deadly in America than jihadist terrorists.
Again, Kristof swings the conversation to gun control, successfully avoiding the issue of terrorism entirely.
And husbands are so deadly in part because in America they have ready access to firearms, even when they have a history of violence. In other countries, brutish husbands put wives in hospitals; in America, they put them in graves.
Yet Trump is raging about a risk from refugees that seems manageable, even as he talks about relaxing rules on another threat, guns, that is infinitely more lethal.
So let’s not be diverted by shiny things and furious tweets. With his travel ban, Trump is peddling an ineffective policy that is morally repugnant, even as he marches toward a looser policy on guns likely to result in more school shootings, more shattered families and more lives lost.
Those graves will last long after Trump’s tweets are gone.