If you heard someone mention terrorist or terrorist attack, what comes to mind?
For many of us, we think about Islamic terrorists, foreign and home grown.
If you were asked how many terrorist attacks there has been in the US in the past 100 years, how many would you guess? Would you be shocked if I told you that according to one source, there have been 335 terrorist attacks in the United States from January 1916 through January 2016?
We tend to forget that an act of terrorism can come in many forms. For example, according to the same website:
- 29 Apr 1919 – Atlanta, Georgia – mail bomb sent to home of senator Thomas Hardwick explodes, injuring a housekeeper and the senator’s wife.
- 22 Jun 1922 – Herrin, Illinois – shooting by striking workers at labor protest. [This one really caught my attention as my dad was born in Herrin in October, 1922.]
- 21 Jan 1938 – Seattle, Washington – peace advocate drowned trying to bomb Japanese steamer.
- 15 Sep 1963 – Birmingham, Alabama – bomb exploded under the steps of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing 4 young girls (ages 11-14) attending Sunday school.
- 25 Mar 1965 – Selma, Alabama – civil rights protestor killed by Ku Klux Klan.
- 27 Jan 1972 – New York City, New York – Black Liberation Army kills 2 police officers.
- 7 Nov 1983 – Washington DC – bombing at U.S. Capitol building; later linked to Revolutionary Armed Task Force.
- 24 May 1990 – Oakland, California – two Earth First members injured in explosion while transporting bomb in car.”
These are just a few examples of what is classified as a terrorist attack. They are not all committed by foreigners or foreign nationals. The vast majority of terrorist attacks in US history have been committed by Americans against Americans.
Based upon this same website, there were 72 terrorist incidents from the time Barack Obama was sworn into office in January 2009 through January 2016. That means that 21.5% of the 335 terrorist attacks listed in the US over the past 100 years occurred in the first 7 years of Obama’s reign.
So, if you were asked if you believe that the United States is safer now than it was eight years ago, before Obama took office, what would you say?
Rasmussen Reports asked likely voters the same question and 32% responded by saying they do believe the US is safer now than when Obama took office. However, 39% of the likely voters that responded said they believe the US is more dangerous now than before Obama took office. The remaining 29% responded saying they felt the country was just as safe now as it was eight years ago.
To no great surprise, the results were along party lines with 54% of Democrats saying the country is safer while only 17% of Republicans and 22% of those not affiliated with either political party said they believe the country is safer now than before Obama. Sixty-two percent of Republicans and 42% of non-affiliated voters responded that they believe the country is more dangerous now than it was before Obama took office.
When asked about the war on terrorism, 45% of all likely voters responded that they believe the US and our allies are winning the war on terrorism. In comparison, in June 2016, only 32% said we were winning the war on terrorism. Again, not surprising, 62% of Democrats said we were winning the war on terrorism while only 35% of the Republicans and 34% of non-affiliated voters expressed the same confidence in our war on terrorism.
Personally, I believe the United States is far more dangerous now than when Obama took office. He has intentionally allowed thousands of Muslims, some of which have proven to be terrorists, into the country. Obama has also allowed millions of illegals to cross into the country over the Mexican border. Ranchers along the border have been reporting finding an increased number of Islamic items left in the desert by illegals crossing their properties, and Obama has not taken any action to stop them. Our southern border and far from sufficient vetting system has allowed many terrorists into the nation and in time, many will carry out their deadly deeds.