19. What are the Annual Risks for an American to die from: Heart disease? Criminal homicide? Lightning strike? Terrorism?
Heart disease: 1 in 300 people in America typically die of heart disease in a given year;
Criminal homicide: 1 in 18,000;
Lightning strike: 1 in 3,000,000;
Terrorism: 1 in 5,293,000.
(Alan B. Krueger; What Makes a Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism; Princeton University Press; New Jersey: 2007; p. 139)
Perhaps if Americans better understood the risk they face from terrorism they would fear it less and thus be less susceptible to manipulation.
Can You Pass the Terrorism Quiz? -- Informed Comment