Terrorism or gun control – it should be an easy choice

Dear President Trump,

I bet you are pretty disappointed that Khalid Masood was British born and not from one of the six countries still on your Muslim-ban wish-list. Yes, I am relieved that he was British born, though not surprised since it is far more likely that someone who was born in the EU or US will carry out a terrorist attack than someone who just recently entered. I can almost hear you and your cronies saying this is an argument for rounding up all Muslim people in the US, like we did Japanese people during World War II. I kind of hope you try making that argument, but I bet you have someone keeping an eye on your tweeting who won’t let you spout off about the attack the way your son did yesterday. Too politically dicey right now.

It is sobering to think that had Mr. Masood been a US citizen, the attack likely would have been far more lethal since he would have had access to automatic weapons. Really, we would save so many more lives if your administration focused on sensible gun control rather than persist with the fixation on terrorism. However, you get so much mileage with your supporters for focusing on terrorism, no matter how unlikely and rare, and for increasing access to weapons no one in their right mind would ever use for legitimate hunting purposes that you are no more likely to back off these stupid, death dealing stances than you are to support a sensible health care bill. But here are some numbers for you to consider; there were over 15,000 gun-related US fatalities in 2016 and while this number does include the 49 people killed by Omar Mateen at the Pulse nightclub, the total number of people killed by radicalized Islamic terrorists in the US in 2016 was 49. This number does increase to 157 injured or killed in terrorist attacks here in 2016. However, the number of US people injured or killed with guns in 2016 was 45,685. In other words, there were over 290 times the number killed or injured with guns in the US last year than in terrorist attacks. We are on course for 2017 to be just as deadly with 3,289 gun-related US fatalities so far.

I don’t get it.

But then most of what you have done and are trying to do doesn’t make sense to me so I’ll just continue sending you blessings to keep myself steady in the midst of all this madness you are putting us through.

May you be safe.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May your life unfold and intersect peacefully.

Tracy Simpson

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