Armed toddlers, lawnmowers, and more also join the list of things more likely to kill you than a jihadist.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 29, 2017
Despite her husband’s widely publicized endorsement of President Donald Trump, reality TV-star Kim Kardashian has stoked the fires of the American debate over President Trump’s recent ban on refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations.
Using a table sourced from The Huffington Post, Kardashian shared statistics for the average numbers of annual U.S. deaths in particular categories over a period of ten years (2004-2014).
It turns out that falling out of bed, another American with a gun, and even “armed toddlers” are more likely to kill Americans than an Islamic jihadist immigrant.
So what are the odds of a refugee terrorist killing an American? One in 3.64 billion, according to a report released last September by the Cato Institute, a public policy research organization.
These figures are now making the rounds on social media in the wake of Trump’s ban on refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Of course, “foreigners from those seven nations have killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks on US soil between 1975 and the end of 2015,” the Cato Institute wrote in a new report.
However, the data sample from the Huffington Post graphic does not include deaths related to terror attacks in 2015 and 2016, among them the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016.
Nevertheless, the Cato Institute concludes that Trump’s new ban will do nothing to improve national security because he’s greatly overestimated the threat to which he’s responding in the first place. “A rational evaluation of national security threats is not the basis for Trump’s orders, as the risk is fairly small but the cost is great,” the report reads. “The measures taken here will have virtually no effect on improving U.S. national security.”
Next, have a look at this chart comparing U.S. deaths from gun violence vs. terrorism.