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Issue Position: War on Daesh/ISIS/ISIL

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I agree with Ron Paul that we should stop stepping in to so many foreign conflicts (e.g. Vietnam, Iraq II and Afghanistan). We have spent trillions of dollars and have killed and wounded too many of our military. Why is it that we can find billions to bomb ISIS in Iraq and Syria but we cannot find money for education and infrastructure repair here in the U.S.? From 2004 to 2014 303 Americans were killed in terrorist attacks. That is about 30 per year. During that same time period 300,000 Americans were killed because of domestic gun violence. That is about 30,000 per year. During that same period more than 300,000 Americans were killed by drunk drivers. So the chance that an American will be killed by domestic gun violence or a drunk driver are 2,000 times more likely than by being killed by a terrorist.Our overreaction to 9-11 has cost us trillions of dollars and while I am sure we are a bit safer the cost benefit analysis is not worth it to me. No dividing and no fear mongering! We are a country of 330,000,000 people with the strongest military in the world. Why are we so racked with fear over two people with assault weapons killing 13 people in San Bernadino when we accept 60,000 people a year being killed by guns and drunk drivers? We should not be declaring WWIII over such a minor incident (and by saying, "minor" I am not trying to denigrate the loss of those 13 people's lives but rather am comparing 13 lost lives to 60,000 lost lives). It is not like the Japanese navy attacking and destroying half our Pacific fleet on December 7th, 1941. Let's get and keep some perspective on the scope of the attack and the scope of the danger versus the cost of our response. The thing I am very fearful of is when I hear and see so many politicians substituting fear for reason.


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