Something I see preppers, EDC guys, and pretty much anyone who is into being prepared mentioning are “terror attacks”. I know there is a problem with how the world views us and that we piss people off pretty good with our freedoms and our reality tv here in the US but there is no point in being afraid we might be killed at any moment by a dreaded terrorist. In the US, if you want to be afraid of something, fear toddlers with guns… unless you’re a responsible gun owner or childless. Fear sharks… unless you live inland. Fear peanuts…. if you’re allergic. There are so many more things to be prepared against than terrorists.
I get it. I really do. It’s so easy to listen to Fox & Friends and start shaking with antici….. We’re smarter than that. We don’t need sheepdogs who are actually sheep. We need a prepared citizenry who know what to be prepared for. Many of us who would be prepared, are looking for a “brown” target when we should be looking at people like us. White men are far more likely to shoot the place up than anyone of color or of another religion. Know your facts and site your sources. I would rather know the truth and know what to be prepared for so when a bad thing happens, I can stand up and do something about it…. wouldn’t you? Pation!
I got this chart of the 2017 terrorist / mass shooting attacks from Johnston’s Archive –
||Fort Lauderdale, Florida
||shooting attack at Fort Lauderdale Airport; 5 killed, 6 injured; 12,000 people evacuated from airport
||fatal shooting of Denver transit authority guard
||New York City, New York
||shooting attack targeting Republican lawmakers at a baseball field; 5 injured including U.S. Representative Steve Scalise and 1 police officer; attacker was fatally shot
||vehicular attack on protestors
||shooting attack on church service; attacker was injured
||Las Vegas, Nevada
||sniper attack on concert; fatalities included 1 police officer and 2 Canadians; attacker killed himself
||New York City, New York
||attacker drove vehicle into people on a bike path, killing 8 (including 5 Argentine citizens and 1 Belgian citizen), then drove into a school bus injuring 4 (including 2 children); attacker was shot and injured
||Sutherland Springs, Texas
||shooting attack on church during worship service; casualties include 9 children killed and at least 4 children injured; attacker was shot and later killed himself
||shooting attacks on police officers injures one; the attacker was shot and killed
86 killed / 556 injured in criminal “loan wolf” attacks – Total of two attacks
15 killed / 19 injured in terror / extra-American ideologically motivated – Total of 4 attacks
2 killed / 8 injured in terror attacks – ideological differences between victims and perpetrators
0.000004601226994% of American citizens were involved in terror attacks last year. Is this something you really need to be prepared for? Sure, I carry a first aid kit but I doubt I will need to work triage on hundreds or even dozens of people. It’s very unlikely. My kit could have helped a little in the Vegas attack but I don’t usually find myself in those “fish in a barrel” situations. It’s not tactically sound to be in the middle of a group that big. On the outside edge maybe. That’s situational preparedness. – Side note, the TSA has NEVER stopped a terrorist attack. Just so you know.
What was killing us in 2017?
15 died due to peanut allergy
25 killed by dogs, 13 of those pit bull or pit mix (it’s not the dog it’s the owner)
31 shark attacks in 2017 (stay out of the water!)
53.3 people on average were shot last year by toddlers. (Don’t trust them.)
75% of deaths in the US are cause by the top 10 according to the CDC (statistics aggregated by Healthline)
- Heart disease – Cause chiefly by smoking and refined sugar.
- Cancer – Caused chiefly by radiation, genetic factors, and human contamination of the environment including tobacco and alcohol consumption
- Lower respiratory diseases – again, smoking and environmental contaminants
- Accidents – most commonly men, 1 to 44, and with risky professions. Others are caused by motor vehicle accidents and alcohol plays a role there too.
- Stroke – Here comes smoking again… also certain medications like specific forms of birth control, people with certain disorders or diseases, and again more men than women.
- Alzheimer’s Disease – genetics, environmental factors, and mostly women are at risk
- Diabetes (type 1 and type 2) – Type 1 is a crap shoot. It has some genetic factors but can be caused by other diseases when they shut down or cause one’s body to attack the pancreas. Type 2 is caused by age or rapid weight increases or sustained intake of refined sugar to the point one becomes resistant to insulin. Type 2 can also effect those who don’t produce enough, usually starting off as hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia and snowballing from there. (over simplification, I know.)
- Influenza / Pneumonia – get your flu shot to avoid or lessen symptoms. If you’re old enough, get your Pneumonia vaccine. Prevention is the only way to avoid either of these.
- Kidney Disease – Smokers…. you’re screwed! Also, those who have chronic conditions that cause recurrent infections. People who are over weight are at risk and there are genetic factors.
- Suicide – Depression, history of alcohol abuse, drug abuse, brain injuries, mostly men.
In a nut shell, prepare by dropping sugar from your diet, getting plenty of cardio, stop smoking/ don’t start smoking / stay away from smokers / check your medications for side effects and talk to your doc about alternatives.
As far as terrorism is concerned…. sure it’s a problem. But be prepared by knowing what the problem is. From the FBI website –
On domestic terrorism –
Perpetrated by individuals and/or groups inspired by or associated with primarily U.S.-based movements that espouse extremist ideologies of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.
On International Terrorism –
Perpetrated by individuals and/or groups inspired by or associated with designated foreign terrorist organizations or nations (state-sponsored).
–for example, the December 2, 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, CA, that killed 14 people and wounded 22 which involved a married couple who radicalized for some time prior to the attack and were inspired by multiple extremist ideologies and foreign terrorist organizations.
But that’s not all you have to be worried about. Far more common are acts of Domestic terrorism or mass shootings by “lone wolves” is far more common in the US. Most happen at Churches, Schools, and other places where firearms are prohibited so there is no one there carrying to maybe help stop the attack.
On Hate Crimes –
… the FBI has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”
On Hate Groups –
The FBI investigates domestic hate groups within guidelines established by the attorney general. Investigations are conducted only when a threat or advocacy of force is made; when the group has the apparent ability to carry out the proclaimed act; and when the act would constitute a potential violation of federal law.
If you need to find a hate group in your area, the SPL has put them all on the map. Find one and write them a sternly worded letter (or don’t because that could be dangerous.) The point is, if you lie near one, be prepared for them to do or say something stupid. If you’re of a race that has a hate group in your area, be prepared to apologize for their stupidity or move. That’s really the only way to prepare. Seriously, hate and hate crimes are the main form of domestic terrorism in our country and that is something worth preparing for whether you’re the target or not.
Southern Poverty Law Center