The New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof wrote on Saturday that people should have a greater fear of husbands than they do terrorists. After all, Americans with guns kill their fellow citizens much more often than Islamic extremists do.
Kristof’s virtue signaling was a liberal contortionist trick. His effort to defend diversity for the sake of diversity, he was able to attack the Trump administration, the nuclear family, and gun ownership — a progressive triple crown.
In a defense of refugees from the seven countries under scrutiny from the travel ban, Kristoff claimed that since 1975, no Americans have been killed by terrorists from those countries. That isn’t from a lack of trying, a June 2016 Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and National Interest found that 72 convicted terrorists came from the seven countries since 9/11.
Nonetheless, because they weren’t successful, Kristof considers the entire point that they attempted to commit acts of terror moot.
“The bottom line is that most years in the U.S., ladders kill far more Americans than Muslim terrorists do. Same with bathtubs. Ditto for stairs. And lightning,” Kristof wrote. “Above all, fear spouses: Husbands are incomparably more deadly in America than jihadist terrorists.”
He notes that 1.34 million people died from guns since 1975, which is a total joke of a statistic considering about two-thirds are suicides. Furthermore, physical, emotional, and sexual violence among married women is significantly lower than any that of women who cohabitate with a partner.
These statistics never cross Kristof’s article because they fly in the face of liberal orthodoxy. Gun rights, men, and marriage are bad and all non-western cultures, diversity, and immigration are always good.