I was reading an article on the RSS website where they discussed some top statistics of 2017. One of them was an apparently viral tweet from Kim Kardashian that compares deaths from lawn mower accidents and falling out of bed with terror related acts. The link for this article is here.
I've seen this type of comparison many times on the news; their main point was that we don't need to be afraid of terrorist attacks because when you look at the data, the probability of being killed by a terrorist is so much lower than being killed by a lawn mower (in this case).
However, I feel like this comparison is not correct. I'm not a statistician, and my knowledge of probability is very shaky, but there must be another way of making this comparison.
I would like to know if there is indeed a more accurate way of comparing these things.
For example, a death from a lawn mower is most likely an accident. There are many additional factors about each event that we don't know about. Such as, was the person drunk at the time, was the machine modified etc. Also, for so many people who do not have lawns, this is almost a non-risk.
However a terrorist related event is very random, it's intentional, the aim is to kill as many as possible in a single time period and there is a whole international effort to prevent these events. I'm sure there are not many people out there whose job it is to prevent deaths from lawn mower accidents.
So taking some of these factors into account, it seems that there should be a better way to compare these events.