I was reading an interesting report that debunked the irrational fear many Americans have of terrorism. Among other statistics, the report cited U.S. government data, saying that of the 13,186 people who died in terrorist attacks around the world in 2010, only 15 were private U.S. citizens. Of the 30,665 wounded, 90 were U.S. citizens. And none of the Americans killed or wounded by terrorism, suffered those attacks in the United States. But the statement that really jumped out at me was this assertion:
"Since 9/11, a total of 238 American citizens have died from terrorist attacks, or an average of 29 per year. To put that in some perspective, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the average American is as likely to be crushed to death by televisions or furniture as they are to be killed by a terrorist."
If you follow the link to the CPSC report, you'll find that 293 Americans were killed by being crushed by televisions and/or furniture in the 10-year period from 2000 to 2010. So that works out to about 29 a year, same as the terrorism number. So, maybe we need a whole new government agency (Homeland Furniture Security Agency?) with a massive multi-billion-dollar budget to protect us from our furniture. Or not...