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You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist

It got a lot of attention this morning when I tweeted, “You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist.” It’s been quickly retweeted dozens of times, indicating that the idea is interesting to many people. So let’s discuss it in more than 140 characters.

In case it needs saying: Police officers are unlike terrorists in almost all respects. Crucially, the goal of the former, in their vastest majority, is to have a stable, peaceful, safe, law-abiding society, which is a goal we all share. The goal of the latter is … well, it’s complicated. I’ve cited my favorite expert on that, Audrey Kurth Cronin, here and here and here. Needless to say, the goal of terrorists is not that peaceful, safe, stable society.

I picked up the statistic from a blog post called: “Fear of Terror Makes People Stupid,” which in turn cites the National Safety Council for this and lots of other numbers reflecting likelihoods of dying from various causes. So dispute the number(s) with them, if you care to.

You need to read the whole article, and it’s links.

This is the quote that came to mind, after I read them:

They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.  –  Benjamin Franklin, November 11, 1755

h/t Miss Cellania, Cato @ Liberty

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

Discussion

7 thoughts on “You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist

  1. Sadly, not surprised by this stat AT ALL!

    Posted by Tomi | January 26, 2014, 9:30 am
  2. From one of the links: The gist is that terrorism seeks overreaction on the part of the victim state. Lacking power of their own, terrorists try to goad states into overzealous and misdirected responses that serve their aims.

    Well they certainly bullseyed the X on that count…overzealous and misdirected describes a LOT of govt doctrine.
    But remember it’s For The Children!™

    Posted by KM | January 26, 2014, 1:10 pm
  3. Depending where you live, the difference between the terrorists and the police might be simply be the presence of a uniform and government pay check.

    Posted by Matt | January 27, 2014, 8:15 am

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