Why are Americans so afraid? About half the people in the country say they're afraid of being the victim of a terror attack or violent crime. Those fears are up from a few years ago. As many people are afraid of terror and violence today as there were right after Sept. 11. 2001.
But let's look at the facts. Violent crime is at historic lows and has been dropping for decades. As for the threat of terrorism, things that are more likely to kill you than an Islamic terror attack include a lightning strike, a toddler shooting you or falling furniture.
So why the fear? Well, one thing comes to mind.
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