Remember this news report every time the antis tell you we can’t compare automobiles and firearms.
A charter bus in northern Oregon skidded on ice, crashed through a guardrail and tumbled several hundred feet down a steep embankment on Sunday morning, spilling passengers along the way.
“I’ve been a firefighter for 20 years and this is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this,” Pendleton, Oregon, fire Lt. Steven Brost told CNN affiliate KPTV. “It appeared that most of the patients had actually been ejected from the bus as the bus went down the cliff.”
Nine people died in the crash, according to Oregon State police. At least 26 people were transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton for treatment. Five of them were later transferred to another hospital.
My sympathy and prayers go out to the families involved in this horrific incident. Also to the families in China suffering the loss of 11 children in another incident.
These reports will be in the news for a couple of hours then it will fade out. Just like the rest of the mass casualty events involving automobiles. And the nearly hourly litany of collisions, deaths and injuries.
I subscribe to a Facebook page called “DFWSCANNER”; it is a great service that monitors police and fire radios and reports on current events. Most of the posts shown on it never make it to the newspaper or the broadcast media services because they happen so frequently it just isn’t news worthy any longer. Sad that the media has decided that more people dying in automobiles isn’t as news worthy as firearm related deaths.
I don’t mean to sound callous, I’m just trying to point out the fact that while 84 people per day die in firearm related incidences; it is an incredibly low number when you look at how many people die every day.
The anti rights cultists are well known for throwing that number – 84 deaths per day- around in order to make an emotional impact. Like this
It’s sad that it took this horrible, horrible act to finally wake up America, the President, and other leaders. 84 deaths a day weren’t enough.
Notice the complete lack of context on ‘deaths per day’?
Would it make an impact if they said “Out of the 6,677 people who die every day, 84 (1.26%) are firearm related”?
That’s right, 6,677 people die each and every day according to the C.D.C.
1. Heart Disease 1,642
2. Cancer 1,555
3. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 376
4. Stoke 353
5. Accidents 323
6. Alzheimer’s Disease 216
7. Diabetes 188
8. Influenza / Pneumonia 147
9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis 134
10. Suicide 101
and Motor Vehicle deaths — 94
Some of the Accidents and about 60 percent of the suicides are firearm related. I’m not trying to minimize the death of even a single person Just providing some context to the numbers. If we, as a country, worked to reduce Heart Disease 5% that would save almost as many people per day as those ‘firearm related deaths’. Isn’t it Common Sense to try to reduce the largest problems first?
How does restricting the rights, freedom and liberty of millions based on the criminal actions of a few make sense? We are better then this.
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