The 2016 Election: Employee Travel Monitoring Firm Weighs Impact of Recent Security Incidents

Issues such as crime, national security, and terrorism have always played a significant role in democratic elections, both in the United States and around the world. Yet, specific violent actions seem to have taken an outsized role in the 2016 election. This is probably due to at least two factors. The first is the relatively large number of “persuadable” voters. This means that security events have the potential to push on-the-fence voters to one side or the other. The second reason that security incidents may be having a larger impact on the 2016 election is because of the relative high frequency of recent attacks.

2016 ElectionThere is no doubt that there have been a number of deadly incidents in the months leading up to the 2016 election. The summer of 2016 witnessed two high-profile terrorist attacks in Orlando and Nice. Taken together, these attacks killed more than 100 people. Additionally, there have been other deadly terrorist attacks in Bangladesh, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East. Although these attacks received less press coverage, they still proved very deadly. Unfortunately, they have not been the last violent incidents in the months leading up to the 2016 election.

Employee Travel Monitoring Consultants Look at 3 Recent Security Incidents

  • Demonstrations Against Police Shootings Turn Violent – Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, there have been a wave of protests against police shootings. Although the majority of these demonstrations have been peaceful, several have turned violent. In August, protests over police shootings in Milwaukee injured several people and damaged property. Similar violence also broke out in Charlotte in September, resulting in the death of at least one person.
  • Seattle Mall Shootings – On September 23rd, a shooter armed with a rifle opened fire at Cascade Mall near Seattle, killing 5 people. The chief suspect, a 20-year old US permanent resident who emigrated from Turkey, has been apprehended. Although the investigation is still in the early stages, no evidence of terrorism has yet been uncovered.
  • New York / New Jersey Bombings – From September 17th to the 19th, a series of bombing incidents rocked the Tri-state area. A pipe bomb went off near a United States Marine Corps charity run in New Jersey. This fortunately injured no one. Later, two pressure cookers bombs were planted near the Chelsea area of Manhattan. One of these exploded injuring over 30 people, while police disarmed the other. The chief suspect has been arrested, and initial reports indicate that he was probably motivated by radical Islamic extremism.

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