There are roughly 32,000 gun deaths per year in the United States. 60% of these deaths are suicides, 3% are accidental death and the rest (37%) are classified as homicides.
However, this figure used to be worse according to CNN, between 2001 and 2014, only 369 Americans were killed by terrorism at home or abroad, whilst a staggering 440,095 were killed by guns on American soil alone. Doing the maths, that means Americans are 1,193 times more likely to be killed by a gun than in a terrorist incident.
So why does Trump have such a hatred towards terrorism when there are bigger, more pressing issues on his own soil? Of course, most of these gun deaths aren’t committed by Muslims, so it doesn’t really serve the president’s agenda. But shouldn’t this be a top concern for America regardless?
Instead, it seems Trump’s more preoccupied with updating his Twitter followers on his latest opinions. It’s no surprise that no one particularly wants to take the place of Trump’s Communications Director.
The last man to hold the job, Anthony Scaramucci, was unceremoniously dumped after 10 days. I can imagine the groans in the communications department as Trump goes off on a tangent via Twitter ‘Oh fuck he’s doing it again!’ as the department rush to saviour any respect he may have left..
But there’s a lot to learn in Trump’s tweets. When the London Bridge attack took place on 3rd June this year, Trump tweeted vociferously about London – including attacking London Mayor Sadiq Khan for being “weak” on terrorism. But yet, when a mass shooting happened in Orlando days later, he became completely silent on the matter.
And why didn’t he criticise Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham after the Manchester Arena bombing the month before?
This makes me question, whether Donald Trump has any authority to comment on terrorism in the UK when his own people must live in fear of being shot at school, a shopping mall, or even in a house of worship.
After Dunblane, the deadliest mass shooting in British history, the UK government enacted some of the strictest gun laws in the Western world to ensure this never happened again. Eighteen dead children was simply too much to bear for us.
Not in America though. That’s the price they pay for white people to have guns. And make no mistake – this is about white people and their guns. So surely Trump should be focusing on the crazy levels of gun crime in his own country rather than terrorism elsewhere?
America has more to fear from crazy white guys with guns at home, than Isis-inspired terrorists abroad.