Around a half a million traffic deaths since 9/11
It appears we lose about 30,000 to 40,000 people a year in this country to vehicular accidents. Simple math scales the total since 9/11 to the neighborhood of 500,000.
About 40%, or 200,000 of those involve alcohol.
Wikipedia states we lost 2,977 victims on that day in 2001.
iCasualties reports 4,492 deaths in Iraq and 2,364 in Afghanistan.
So for 2,977 we lost in an act of violence 6,856 more lives were ended to settle the score to hear some tell it. We spent much treasure and passed out lots of IOU’s to our children.
Of course this neglects the non-American fatalities and those of our own damaged in spirit and body who still respire. There are a lifetime of VA health care bills to consider.
We sure got bent out of shape and all hepped up about the 2,997. Haven’t really done a damn thing about the 500,000.
For the comfort of the reader we won’t even raise the domestic gun deaths.
This is how easily distracted the American public can become. So long as no American dies at anyone’s hands but our own we’ll take no real action.
This little storyline demonstrates how America will accept a slow, repetitive, killing of its own, by its own hands, while focusing on non-repetitive murderous distraction.
We indeed seem to be our own worst enemy, and we’re the citizens!
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