OK. I must admit that I find the thought of going to a mall a little terrifying. However, this is not what the article is really talking about. Or is it?
Comparing some of the statistics in the article to the number of deaths by terrorism since 9/11/2001 is a little silly. Let’s include 9/11. And, still, look at how many of the following beat out the 3,000 deaths from that date. Actually, more accurate mathematically would be to average some number of years including 9/11. I wonder how the statistics would look if we totaled them for the last 25 years, for example. This would include both terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Anyway, the point is that terrorism is very low risk by comparison to many normal activities we engage in daily, such as smoking and driving. I even read that in the aftermath of 9/11, many people canceled flights and changed plans to take a driving vacation rather than a flying one. The source from which I heard this even suggested that more people died in traffic accidents as a direct result of such changes to plans than actually died in the terrorist attacks. But, we don’t bother to discuss such things.
Anyway, enjoy the MoJo article and what it says about our society, our politicians, and our growing imperial presidency.