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Murphy Tweets: You’re More Likely to Be Killed by Falling Object Than a Terrorist

June 5, 2017 By Staff
Murphy Tweets: You’re More Likely to Be Killed by Falling Object Than a Terrorist

There's some data to back up Chris Murphy's tweet, but some say the junior senator is missing the point.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) – who’s up for re-election in 2018 and is gaining traction as a possible 2020 presidential candidate – raised eyebrows with a tweet about falling objects and terrorism on Sunday.

Is Murphy correct?

There are some data to back up his claim. Micah Zenko of The Council on Foreign Relations wrote this in 2012:

Since 9/11, a total of 238 American citizens have died from terrorist attacks, or an average of 29 per year. To put that in some perspective, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the average American is as likely to be crushed to death by televisions or furniture as they are to be killed by a terrorist.

But Dan Carter, who challenged Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) for his Senate seat in 2016, tweeted back that Murphy missed the point:

Was Murphy trying to calm American nerves about terror? Was he criticizing President Trump’s approach to terror? Either way, his tweet stirred the pot as the world reacts to the latest terror attack in the UK.