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Column: Domestic terrorism more dangerous than ever

Why are we so obsessed with focusing on the potential threat of foreign terrorists when there are terrorists grown right on our own soil?

We should be focusing on fixing our own incidence of mass shootings and other kinds of massacres rather than pretending that barring Syrian refugees is going to protect our country from any sort of terrorist act.

Last Friday, a shooter opened fire in and around a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three people and injuring others.

On the day of the shooting, this act of domestic terrorism was commented on Twitter only by Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Not a single other Democratic candidate, nor any Republican candidates, responded to the attack that day.

In a New York Times article, the boyfriend of one of the women who was present for the Planned Parenthood shooting casually disclosed that she had witnessed another shooting a few weeks earlier, when a man killed a bicyclist and two women in downtown Colorado Springs. We are becoming numb to these events—not many people even see a shooting as a big deal anymore.

Obama and other politicians once again called on the country to send our thoughts and prayers to Colorado Springs and yadda yadda yadda.

How many times can we do this? People often justify their fear of Syrian refugees by claiming that terrorist attacks kill massive amounts of people at once.

Does that even matter? If 20 people are killed at five different shootings over a month-long period, that is no different than 20 people being killed in a single shooting.

Loss of life is loss of life; no matter how small the amount of deaths is, it all adds up to the same monstrous numbers pretty quickly.

Gun violence is so commonplace in this country that barely anyone even seems alarmed by the Planned Parenthood incident, let alone any other incident.

Text messages between those present during the shooting and their loved ones were originally printed in the same New York Times article. The messages seem so subdued—people were scared but not surprised.

If this is the state of mind American citizens are in, we are basically expecting to be caught in a mass shooting. America has failed as a country to protect her people.

Syrian refugees desire to come here to escape the horribly violent political conditions of their home country, but when people are shooting up Planned Parenthood clinics to protest the practice of performing abortions, it seems we are headed down the same path of politically-induced mass violence, though, admittedly, on a much smaller scale.

But, as aforementioned, the unnecessary death of innocent people is still death­—no matter how few people are dying at once.

I am not claiming to have a solution, I am simply claiming to know that “#prayfor____” hashtags on Twitter and candlelight vigils are not getting us anywhere. When we start growing numb to shootings, as we now have, it is crucial that something drastically changes.

Our priorities are messed up. We do not need to focus on preventing Syrian refugees from entering America and causing violence. We have a ton of our own violence to fix before we worry about potentially violent refugees.

In a recent column by Dr. Ben Carson, published on the Time website, Carson wrote “… remember that jihadists who have spilled blood on our soil before … must never be allowed to do so again.”

What about our own people who have spilled blood on our soil countless times, in countless shootings? Just this Wednesday, shooters opened fire on a San Bernardino health care center, killing 14 and injuring 21.

What are we doing to “never allow them to do so again”?

Follow Talya Jaffe on Twitter.

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