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Seriously.  The reactions to the attack in Paris are becoming almost as alarming as the attack itself.

I get it, there was an attack and lots of people died.  Not a good situation.  Very sad.  And I totally understand feeling anger over it too.  And the feeling of revenge and repayment.  Those are natural reactions.

I know this much, when I react to something from a state of anger, it usually doesn’t turn out well.  When I allow anger to control what I do, then I have become irrational and say and do stupid things.  Maybe you have better control over yourself when you are angry – if so, God love you.

The reactions to the attacks remind me of reactions to mass shootings – full of fear, anger and simplistic knee-jerk reactions and “solutions.”  No thought is given to the realities of the situation.  It’s just that we are going to do something and do it now (because we have to do something with our anger and fear) and right away regardless of whether what we do makes any sense, there is any evidence to support the position, or that the proposed action would actually prevent a future tragedy from happening again.

I know this much, anger and fear thrive where there is a lack of information.

So let me ask a question – how many refugees that have been let into the US since 9/11 (and have gone through the refugee screening process) have been the cause of any type of terrorist activity?

From what I have read, the answer is zero.

The source of this information that I found the easiest to read is The Hill, a Capitol Hill political insiders newspaper.  Here’s what they said:

“…there have been no recorded terrorist attacks committed by refugees. The U.S. has admitted 1.5 million refugees from the Middle East since September 11, 2001. The terrorist attacks that have occurred since 9/11 have been committed either by American natives or non-refugee immigrants.”

Source – The Hill

In other words, you should feel safer with a refugee who has gone through the screening process over some American born native people.  Let that sink in for a minute.

And this has been since 9/11 – meaning this has been the truth during both a Republican and Democrat administration – it’s not political spinning. It appears to me to be a government program that actually works – a rarity frankly.

So before we irrationally jump on the “kick out the refugees and close the borders” bandwagon, can we take a step back from our fear and anger and actually take a look at the situation?

What happened to America being the land where Lady Liberty had the following poem engraved into her pedestal in 1903:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  • Emma Lazarus