Why Terrorism Won’t Stop Our Family From Traveling

Why terrorism won’t stop our family from traveling   The recent terrorist attack in Nice, France brought quite a bit of unrest to our family and friends who are concerned with our choice to travel abroad despite recent terrorism in Europe; especially because we have chosen a city in France as one of our major travel destinations . WHY on earth would we travel NOW when times are so turbulent abroad?!? Let me first say, I completely understand the reservation and anxiety that is expressed to us from our loved ones. If I was in their shoes I would absolutely express similar sentiments. I’m also not downplaying the tragedies that have befallen our neighbors domestically and abroad; they are all real and horrifying. Our continued thoughts of sympathy go out to the victims and their families for their unimaginable losses. Even with that being said — terrorism won’t stop our family from traveling and here is why: The statistics are in our favor — from 2005-2015 71 Americans died abroad as a result of terrorism; compare those statistics to the 301,797 Americans who were killed by gun violence domestically in the same time period and you can see where the threat truly lies. To make our case even stronger, mass shootings killing four or more people in the United States have taken place in almost 100 metro cities within the last 12 months alone. Even with the statistics above, I’m still more likely to die as a result of drowning in my bathtub (1 in 800,000) than die as a result of terrorism (1 in 20 million). That, to me is...