Unmasking Terrorism Fears

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

In the wake of numerous terrorist attacks, some people are having a hard time enjoying public activities and travel out of fear that they will be in a unsafe situation. This even has some questioning if they should partake in these activities. However, they should not be scared to enjoy themselves because something “may” happen.

According to storymaps.com, there were 1,134 terrorist attacks worldwide last year. However, only a handful of them occurred in America. Although they can occur anywhere, the majority of terrorist attacks occurred in the Middle East and Africa. However, by staying informed and being aware, people can try to avoid danger and enjoy themselves in places where they feel a larger sense of security.

Typically, if a terrorist attack occurs, a city is placed on high alert and security is increased. The same occurs with concerts or big public events. After an attack, the venue will increase its security to prevent another incident from occurring. Consider the attack at the Curtis Culwell Center back in 2015. Two men began shooting at a security officer who was on duty for an event. Following the incident, the center increased its security by only allowing people to carry clear bags and requiring that they go through metal detectors. Often times, it is after a attack that it is most safe to go to event or travel. It’s sad but true.

However, even after the rise of security in many cities, there is still a decline in tourism. Following the Nov. 2015 terrorist attack in Paris, the city’s tourism rate dropped by 30 percent, according to The Telegraph.

Many countries’ economies rely heavily on tourism, and with the rate of tourism dropping, their economies could begin to struggle. People don’t always realize how much businesses are affected by tourism. Restaurants, hotels and shops are all affected by travel. They can’t rely on locals who don’t need to buy souvenirs, eat out all of the time or stay in a hotel.

Social conflicts will always exist, but does that mean countries’ economies should suffer?

With the world in constant conflict, the end of terrorism is most likely not in the near future. We can’t stop it or control it, but we can decide how it affects us. We could stay inside of the house all day and never travel outside of our comfort zone. However, that would just be succumbing to what terrorists want, which is for people to be scared and put their lives on hold. Don’t let them have that power and control over you. In the end, the people who stay in their comfort zones lose out on experiences because of their fear. You can just sit back and never get out in the world, or you can step into the world and discover something new. There is a whole world outside of your city that you can decide to see or not.