More Americans are killed by guns than by terrorists, but the nation has spent more than $1 trillion on homeland security since Sept. 11, 2001, yet Congress has withheld annual funding of less than $3 million for research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on gun violence, Tom Diaz, author and gun-policy expert, writes in the Washington Post.
The risks of terrorism are not so much greater than the risks of gun violence that a disproportionate response is justified, Diaz argues. Between 1969 and 2009, says the Heritage Foundation, 5,586 people were killed in terrorist attacks against the U.S. or its interests abroad. By comparison, 30,000 people were killed by guns in the U.S. annually between 1986 and 2010. Diaz maintains that, “We value ignorance over knowledge of a threat that takes more lives than terrorism many times over.”