Seven individuals were killed in London by radical jihadists on Saturday, an event that has dominated headlines and occupied most of our president’s Twitter feed. BUT, one week before the London incident, EIGHT people in the U.S. were killed by a single shooter who was angry at his estranged wife in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi. Willie Cory Godbolt was arguing with his wife about custody of their two children. Godbolt shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy, three of his wife’s relatives and four other individuals he was related to or acquainted with, including an 11-year-old boy, before being arrested. Godbolt had a long rap sheet that included serious domestic violence charges. On Saturday, the day of the London attacks, there were three firearm homicides in Baltimore, three in St. Louis, two in South Carolina, and one each in California, Georgia, Las Vegas, Louisiana and Alabama. A toddler who had found a gun under a bed also accidentally killed himself in Pennsylvania, making for 14 total known gun violence deaths in the country on that day. (That’s actually an unusually low daily total for the United States. Our daily average is about 30.) No one was killed by Islamic immigrants in the U.S while all of this was happening, but I’ll bet the main thing you are hearing about is the “terrorism” in England.
True. By years end, American guns owners will have killed another 33,000 Americans either by murder or suicide. Terrorists dream of inflicting such losses on us. But as long as we do it to ourselves, Americans think nothing of it and continue to struggle to make sure those number are maintained and even increase.
We also turn a blind eye to the fact that the bulk of terrorist attacks on our soil are from white supremacists:
“Of the 85 violent extremist incidents that resulted in death since September 12, 2001, far-right wing violent extremist groups were responsible for 62 (73 percent) while radical Islamist violent extremists were responsible for 23 (27 percent).” That’s a margin of almost three to one.
Here’s a smart thing to do. You know that impulse you feel to say, “62 out of 300 million! That’s a really small number. Stop panicking. White nutjobs are not coming to kill us all and take over the country, fer cryin’ out loud!”
You know that feeling. It’s the same impulse that makes people say white terrorists are “lone nuts” or “mentally ill loners” in order to deny they have any connection to the larger community (even when they clearly are connected to white supremacist groups and are documentably huge fans of the Racist-in-Chief in the White House, who loves them right back).
So here’s the suggestion: try channeling that same impulse into not panicking that the Muslims are coming to kill us all and take over our country. In the same way that you easily listen when Christians condemn some White Jesus Identitarian from the Alt Right when he Seig Heils Trump, try to doing the same when gazillions of Muslims condemn terrorists in their midst. And as you do that, try taking another look at the massive body count we Americans rack up against ourselves every year.