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Old 01-11-2016, 02:10 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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At the risk of taking this thread in the wrong direction, your concern is irrational, as well as the others concern about Vienna. Mass shooting are terrible events in the US and well publicized but are statistically insignificant - much less that the chance of being struck by lightening.
However, San Bern was labeled a terrorist attack of course, thus you can also say your chances of being a victim of terrorism in the US is also about as likely as, according to the below, "as likely as being killed by your own furniture".

Americans Are as Likely to Be Killed by Their Own Furniture as by Terrorism - The Atlantic
My post was not to be taken seriously. I just wanted to show how unreasonable some Americans act right now when it comes to Europe by posting something equally obscure about the US.
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Old 01-11-2016, 03:32 PM
 
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My post was not to be taken seriously. I just wanted to show how unreasonable some Americans act right now when it comes to Europe by posting something equally obscure about the US.
I agree. I've seen posts in this forum from americans so concerned about safety in other countries, whether it's pick pocketing, walking alone at night, rape, murder, what have you yet they fail to understand that the u.s. has high levels of crime yet they don't seem to express concern about that. What I'm trying to say is, people don't think twice about walking the streets here in the states, yet they fear doing it in other countries. It's like the second they leave the border they think they're going to be a victim of crime, never mind the fact that they're much more likely to be a victim of crime in their very own country. It's ridiculous.
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Old 01-12-2016, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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I agree. I've seen posts in this forum from americans so concerned about safety in other countries, whether it's pick pocketing, walking alone at night, rape, murder, what have you yet they fail to understand that the u.s. has high levels of crime yet they don't seem to express concern about that. What I'm trying to say is, people don't think twice about walking the streets here in the states, yet they fear doing it in other countries. It's like the second they leave the border they think they're going to be a victim of crime, never mind the fact that they're much more likely to be a victim of crime in their very own country. It's ridiculous.
It's the same for Asians. Asians never shut up about how dangerous Europe is either, worrying about pickpockets and whatnot, as if we are living in some sort of bubbles. It's so retarded.
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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I agree. I've seen posts in this forum from americans so concerned about safety in other countries, whether it's pick pocketing, walking alone at night, rape, murder, what have you yet they fail to understand that the u.s. has high levels of crime yet they don't seem to express concern about that. What I'm trying to say is, people don't think twice about walking the streets here in the states, yet they fear doing it in other countries. It's like the second they leave the border they think they're going to be a victim of crime, never mind the fact that they're much more likely to be a victim of crime in their very own country. It's ridiculous.
Funny thing is, I'd much rather walk around and feel way safer in Europe than in my hometown!!!!
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Old 01-13-2016, 12:47 PM
 
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Funny thing is, I'd much rather walk around and feel way safer in Europe than in my hometown!!!!
I know! That's what I find so weird, that people are so worried about safety overseas when they should be worried about where they actually live & breathe 24/7.
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Old 02-20-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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It's only natural to be concerned... especially if language is a barrier.

Parts of Europe feel like a second home and others not so much.

I live in Oakland California and when I have visitors from Europe... they are apprehensive/afraid having heard all about Oakland as the most dangerous top 5 cities in California.

A young couple actually took self-defense classes prior to making a US holiday...

So far, they have all been pleasantly surprised...

Last year I had two exchange students from Salzburg Austria... they had a great time exploring the SF Bay Area and prior to going home... bought two bicycles and bicycled from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles on highway 1... memories of a lifetime and were overwhelmed at how friendly everyone they met along the way...

In full disclosure... the last day before they flew home... one of the bicycles did get stolen in Los Angeles...

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