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In a new poll, the NY Times and CBS along with Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) /Religion News Service, collected information on American's perspective of the terrorist attacks.
Four years ago, only 53% told PRRI that terrorism was a critical issue. Now, it’s 75%.
About 2 in 3 of those surveyed (67%) called mass shootings a critical issue, and another 27% say it’s an important concern.

So, what should we do about this fear?

Step 1: Don't let it control you.
Step 2: Make it productive

I found some productive ways to channel that fear into something better...

Channel it

Fear can often be debilitating, but research finds that most people have a "sweet-spot," a place where you can channel the fear to make you alert and motivated, but not so nervous that you're debilitated.

Alert and attentiveness to surrounds can help in emergency situations.

Don't let it separate us.

Dan Cox, director of the PRRI study made an important observation: “Despite the heated rhetoric we are hearing from people like Donald Trump,” Cox said, “the majority of the public (53%) are in favor of letting Syrian refugees come to the U.S. if they go through stringent security checking.” Among those who oppose this, a majority (57%) cited security fears.
Essentially: Those that fear more, do not want to help the Syrian refugees, they do not want to help.
@InPlainSight made a fascinating card about how ISIL wants for us to use that fear against each other. Check it out: What do ISIS want?
In times like this, I turn to Mr. Rogers.

So, I ask you fellow Americans (and those fearful across the globe) what will you do with your fear?

With the prevalence in the news, it's hard to separate what is an actual threat and what's being perpetuated by hysteria. :/ I personally am always vigilant, being raised by someone in the media, things were always in front of my face, so things were never sheltered.
Yeah, and It's sad, because despite all of the evidence toward curbing gun violence and advocating for reform...people still feel like they're being attacked at the core, at their "fundamental right to bear arms." I've been thinking a lot about this. Like, why do we need machine guns and assault rifles to protect ourselves? I'm just....confused. And I wonder what the founding fathers would think. I think they'd be sad, and they'd take action. The colonial US was a different place, and modern times need modern measures.
Yes @nicolejb I feel like everyone has distance unless they've been directly affected. I remember when I was a little girl living in Philadelphia, my dad did a story about this little girl named Nadia, she was my age. She was shot in her front yard by drug dealers in her neighborhood. She miraculously survived, and my dad and me went to her house on Christmas and gave her a bunch of presents. It was an experience I'll never forget. Just being in contact with gun violence in that way...changed my perspective forever.
I don't think it's unreasonable to be afraid, but you're right we can't let it paralyze us or make us cruel. Personally I like to channel that energy into volunteer projects. The church groups where I grew up liked to do bake sales for charity, clothing drives, something that they could do that could make a small difference for someone who needs it.
ISIS isn't muslim, they preach nothin but insolence the total opposite of what Islam teaches. they are just a bunch of radicals and supremecists... they'll me smited eventually so just sit back and watch them destroy themselves.
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