On liberty and security, and finding the balance between the two

The Atlantic has an interesting feature on the real risk of death by terrorism:

[R]oughly 360,000 were killed by guns (actually, the figure the CDC gives is 364,483 — in other words, by rounding, I just elided more gun deaths than there were total terrorism deaths) [Around 3000].

So when terrorism is such a small portion of our real risk, why are we spending so much trying to prevent it?

The Irrationality of Giving Up This Much Liberty to Fight Terror – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic.

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