The attacks that took place in New York and New Jersey over the weekend should and are being taken seriously.
They are certainly being debated out on the campaign trail between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
But I have a couple of questions for you.
The first one is just to give context to what we are about to discuss.
First question, how worried should you be about falling victim of a terror attack in the U.S.?
Here’s the honest answer – not very worried at all.
Again, that’s not to say that terrorism is not a significant problem that must be dealt with here.
I’m just offering you some perspective because I live in New York City.
I was in the neighborhood where the explosion went the day after it happened.
I took the subway to the very street where it happened, 23rd street.
Everyone was pretty much going about their business, unafraid and determined not to let terrorism paralyze them or alter their normal routines.
But if you watch the news you would think the city had come to a standstill.
It had not.
The bottom line is that according to U.S. government data and data from Duke University and Data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “the average American is as likely to be crushed to death by televisions for furniture as they are to be killed by a terrorist.”
Americans are also more likely to be struck by lightning and on and on and on….
Now to my other question, which presidential candidate is better equipped to deal with terror in the U.S.?
First up, Donald Trump:
“I must tell you that just before I got off the plane a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows what’s going on. But boy we are living in a time — we better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough. It’s a terrible thing that’s going on in our world, in our country and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant.”
Now Hillary Clinton:
“I’ve been briefed about the bombings in New York and New Jersey and the attack in Minnesota. Obviously, we need to do everything we can to support our first responders. Also to pray for the victims. We have to let the investigation unfold. We’ve been in touch with various officials including in the mayor’s office in New York to learn what they are discovering as they conduct this investigation and I’ll have more to say about it when we actually have the facts.”
Trump offered his comments in front of an audience in Colorado Springs shortly after 9pm on Saturday night before confirmation that an I-E-D caused the explosions.
Hillary Clinton made her comments after 11pm after it was confirmed that it was an I-E-D.
Trump was ultimately proven right and is counting on his rhetoric promoting strength.
Clinton is responding by touting her experience in government as the better candidate on the terror issue.
Strong rhetoric or calm strength.
That’s the choice.