People believe that crime has gotten worse. But over the past two decades, murder and robbery in the U.S. are down by more than half, and rape by a third, even as complaints about “rape culture” grow louder.
Terrorism is a threat. But deaths from war are a fraction of what they were half a century ago, when we fought World War II and the Korean War, and Chairman Mao murdered millions. Despite today’s wars in Iraq, Syria, etc., last decade saw the fewest deaths from war since record keeping began.
Last week’s beheading in Oklahoma and other despicable acts of terrorism are frightening, but Americans are unlikely to be killed. Terrorists killed 18,000 people last year, but only 16 were American. Every death is tragic — but even if terrorists pulled off a World Trade Center attack every few years, President Obama would still be correct when he said, “If you had to choose any moment to be born in human history, you’d choose this time. The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been.”
He was mocked for saying that — and much of what our president says is deceitful and should be mocked — but that statement was true.
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