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Comment by Andrew on February 9, 2017 at 18:48
I think it shows that the banning of firearms in the USA would probably save a lot more lives annually than stopping Muslim visitors.
It's interesting that you can win an election by being racist and sexist but don't dare talking about taking away the right to keep a weapon that kills. This will almost certainly lose an election.
Comment by David Brazier on February 9, 2017 at 15:13

Well, yes, the obvious thing is how terrorist incidents are way outnumbered by othere things, but it is also interesting how evn within terrorist incidents the great majority are not from immigrants but from citizens. It is not so much people coming in with a mission that constitutes the threat - more the radicalisation of people in situ. This is a bit like the "Beware of strangers" message to children when the majority of abuse is committed by people they already know.

Comment by Carol English on February 9, 2017 at 15:02
It ought to be obvious but it is still well worth documenting.
Comment by Jimena Balli Garza on February 7, 2017 at 2:58

There are far more dangerous things inside America, than terrorists. That changes everything!!!

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