Another non-Muslim attack

As I write this, there is a murdering gunman loose in my area.  He stalked a state trooper barracks and then killed one who was merely going to work, and critically injured another.  Schools have closed, and everyone is in a panic, worrying where he could show up next.

If I told you that it was a white guy who hates the government and loves his guns, you wouldn’t be at all surprised, would you?

Yet no one is saying we should round up all the white guys, close down their churches, and declare war on libertarian extremism. I mean, come on, it’s not like the guy is Muslim.

I refuse to put the killer's picture up.  This is Trooper Bryon Dickson.  (He looks familiar;  I'm trying to remember if I've had any cases with him.)

I refuse to put the killer’s picture up. This is Trooper Bryon Dickson. (He looks familiar; I’m trying to remember if I’ve had any cases with him.)

The fact is that we are much more likely to be a victim of crazy anti-government white guy attacks in this country than we are from any Muslim terrorist group.   It was only a year ago that another one of these extremists shot up a local government meeting just a few miles from my house, killing three.

And then there’s last June, with those Las Vegas killers who belonged to a white supremacist group.

And let’s not forget Timothy McVeigh.  And that guy who flew a plane into an IRS building.  Then there’s the guys who shoot abortion clinic doctors in the name of Jesus. But for restraint on the part of the US government, I’d probably be including Clive Bundy on this list as well …  Just a long list of angry white guys who hate the government and only know how to take action with violence against innocent people.

Terrorists, that’s what they are.

So the next time a friend talks about how we should be suspecting every single Muslim person in America, ask if we should be doing the same for every single white conservative, because you’re much more likely to be killed by one of them.

5 thoughts on “Another non-Muslim attack

  1. People have an intuitive grasp of the notion of “conditional probability.” The odds of having a car accident are fairly low. The odds of having an accident *given that you’re driving drunk* are much much higher. Regulations that ignored this fact would be ineffective–even though most fatal accidents do not involve alcohol. A more extreme example is that the odds of starting a forest fire from a lit cigarette are much, much higher *if you’re in a forest.* It would make no sense to make fire-safety regulations that applied generally–without regard to location.

    The people who are arguing to suspect all Muslims are not wrong on *statistical* grounds. Not as you’ve framed the argument, anyway.

    They’re still wrong, though.

    Have a look at this story:

    US Deaths caused by Muslim terrorists are very, very rare and are insignificant compared to other murders. If we started treating ordinary Muslims as terrorists, though, we would multiply that number by 100 or more. America has some very wise laws that say you can’t punish one person for what another one does. Those laws have served us very well for two centuries. They are serving us very well today.

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