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US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11 Statistically speaking, Americans should be more fearful of the local cops than “terrorists.” By Katie Rucke – November 6, 2013

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You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist | Cato @ Liberty

I take it as a given that your mileage may vary. If you dwell in the suburbs or a rural area, and especially if you’re wealthy, white, and well-spoken, your likelihood of death from these two sources probably converges somewhat (at very close to zero).

The point of the quote is to focus people on sources of mortality society-wide, because this focus can guide public policy efforts at reducing death. (Thus, the number is not a product of the base rate fallacy.) In my opinion, too many people are still transfixed by terrorism despite the collapse of Al Qaeda over the last decade and the quite manageable—indeed, the quite well-managed—danger that terrorism presents our society today.

If you want to indulge your fears and prioritize terrorism, you’ll have plenty of help

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