The Fresno Bee is in some hot water after reprinting a column critical of fears associated with radical Islamic terror. The Nicholas Kristof column from the New York Times was printed two months before the deadly shooting took place from a man yelling “Allahu Akbar.”
The column entitled, “Husbands are deadlier than jihadi terrorists,” argued:
“It’s true that American Muslims – both born in the United States and immigrants from countries other than those subject to Trump’s restrictions – have carried out deadly terrorism in America. There have been 123 such murders since the 9/11 attacks – and 230,000 other murders.
“Last year Americans were less likely to be killed by Muslim terrorists than for being Muslim, according to Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina. The former is a risk of approximately one in 6 million; the latter, one in 1 million.
“The bottom line is that most years in the United States, ladders kill far more Americans than Muslim terrorists do. Same with bathtubs. Ditto for stairs. And lightning.
“Above all, fear spouses: Husbands are incomparably more deadly in America than jihadi terrorists.”
The column was meant to criticize President Trump’s efforts to institute ‘extreme vetting’ of refugees. In the mind of Kristoff, Americans should not be afraid of terrorism. Instead, they should fear legal firearms. He said that firearms kill more people than terrorists so fears of terrorism are unjustified.
Kori Ali Muhammad is the suspect arrested for the Fresno terror attack. He was wanted for a shooting before targeting white people in his rampage.