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13 Things That Are Much Bigger Threats To America Than "Refugee Terrorists"

Cows, for one.

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As you can see, there have been only three deaths in the US in the last 40 years attributed to terrorists who entered country as refugees. That's an average of 0.075 deaths per year, or a 1 in (roughly) 3.6 billion chance.

As the study's author Alex Nowrasteh notes, these three deaths happened when Cuban refugees carried out an attack in the 1970s.

The Refugee Act of 1980 strengthened refugee vetting, and not a single terrorism-related death since has been linked to refugees.

So here's a short list of things that are more likely to kill you than a refugee if you live in the United States:


5. Vending machines

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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, vending machines caused 37 deaths over a 17-year span. That's an average of only about two deaths per year, but it's still nearly 30 times more likely than dying at the hands of a "refugee terrorist."


10. Football

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In 2014, there were 16 deaths (six direct, the rest indirect) related to high school and college football, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. Over a 20-year period from 1990 to 2010, a total of 243 football-related deaths were recorded.

13. Your bed

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NSC statistics show that 357 people died from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed in the year 2000. So not only is that way, way more than the average of 0.075 deaths per year caused by refugees, but it also means you're actually four times more likely to be suffocated by your own bed than to be killed by a foreign-born terrorist of ANY kind.