My tongue is firmly planted in my cheek, yet this is no joke. On April 15, 2013, two Muslim brothers killed three spectators (and later, a police officer) near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon. On December 2, 2015, two Muslim terrorists murdered 14 fellow employees as they were enjoying a company party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.
We would be safer by far if we were to stop the flow of Muslims who seek to relocate to the United States. Even better, why not deport most of them who are already on American soil? It's just common sense.
Of course, Muslim terrorism is not our only source of national anxiety. Asian-Americans have committed their share of mass killings as well. On April 16, 2007, an Asian-American student shot to death 32 fellow students and faculty members on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. On April 2, 2012, an Asian-American killed seven -- six students and an administrator -- at Oikos University in Oakland, California. We would be safer by far if we were to stop the flow of Asians who seek to relocate to the United States. Even better, why not deport most of them? It's just common sense.
Of course, Black Americans have committed mass killings in recent years. On September 16, 2013, an African American gunman fatally shot 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast Washington DC. On August 3, 2010, a Black employee working at a wholesale beer distributing company in Manchester, Connecticut killed eight white fellow workers before turning the gun on himself. We would be safer by far if we were to stop the flow of Blacks who seek to relocate to the United States. Even better, why not deport most of them? It's just common sense.
Of course, most acts of mass murder have been committed by non-Muslim White men -- not Muslims, Asians, or Blacks. On November 27, 2015, a white non-Muslim murdered three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. On the evening of June 17, 2015, a white non-Muslim killed nine black Americans as they prayed in a Charleston South Carolina church. On April 13, 2014, a non-Muslim white supremacist shot to death three Christian visitors (thinking his victims were Jewish) at a Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. On August 5, 2012, a white non-Muslim who played in a white power rock band killed six Sikh Indians at their temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. On July 20, 2012, a white non-Muslim graduate student murdered 12 people at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado. On January 8, 2011, a white non-Muslim man who suffered from mental health issues and attempted to assassinate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot to death 14 people at a shopping mall in Tuscan, Arizona. We would be safer by far if we were to stop the flow of non-Muslim white people who seek to relocate to the United States. Even better, why not deport most of them? It's just common sense.
Of course, we also have a problem with immigrants from Latin American countries. Millions have come to the United States illegally, yet they seem to be the only ethnic group whose members haven't yet committed an act of mass murder on American soil. In fact, their crime rate is much lower than that of the native-born population. We would be safer by far if we were to open our border with Mexico so that much larger numbers of undocumented immigrants could sneak in. Even better, why not advertise in Latin American countries that we welcome their tired, their poor, their non-violent huddled masses yearning to be free. It's just common sense.
Jack Levin is Professor Emeritus and Co-Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University. He is also co-author of Extreme Killing.