Re: Tetchy teens toll trumps trained terrorists
Before we can engaging in a discussion about "balancing" safety and privacy, the people asking us to discuss it need to explain what they feel is so uniquely awful about terror-related deaths and injuries that it requires such disproportionate resource expenditure and rights restrictions.
The anti-Muslims I have talked to about this seem to have the notion that 'Islamic terrorism' is a disaster waiting to happen, if it's not addressed it will just get worse, will eventually become infinite in scale, will be the genocide of the west; "It's inevitable".
In contrast; the huge number of gun deaths is a constant, and considered manageable and acceptable.
In short; the Muslims (and it's always "Muslims" rather than "Islamist Terrorists", and often a more derogative term) may not be killing as many as gun-totting all-American nut-jobs are, but if not 'contained' they will be killing far more - "Their Koran tells them to".
And it always seem to be the case that these anti-Muslims are equally anti-Black, have the same perspective on why blacks are a danger to America, also need to be 'contained'.
And by 'contained' they really mean eradicated.
White supremacists and racists do genuinely seem to fear they are facing genocide, see everyone outside their 'tribe' as a threat; Muslims, Mexicans, Jews, foreigners, immigrants, non-whites, liberals, commies, gays.
I presume inciting anti-Muslim sentiment has a greater resonance with a wider range of people appalled by terrorism so their hate and fear mongering is currently focused on that. If they can secure a result on that it's just a small step to seeking the same for others they don't like.