While the recent murders in Colorado are certainly a tragedy, it is important that we maintain a realistic, informed attitude about the statistics involved. Please note the below listed statistics as you see fit: "the avoidable amont of human wastage and associated social costs and associated social cost produced in highway crashes is stupendously large, even in the context of all other natinoal publuc health problems and needs - an average of 13,000 crash casualties a day"- Kelley, A. (1975, February). ARE SOME PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS?. American Journal of Public Health. p. 182. "Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for those aged 3 to 33, with 43,005 (118 per day) Americans killed in 2002 alone"- Clayton, M., Helms, B., & Simpson, C. (2006). ACTIVE PROMPTING TO DECREASE CELL PHONE USE AND INCREASE SEAT BELT USE WHILE DRIVING. Journal Of Applied Behavior Analysis, 39(3), 341-349. doi:10.1901/jaba.2006.153-04 "In-hospital medical errors, on average,cost 195,000 lives and $6 billion a year, according to recent research" - Report: Medical Mistakes Linked to 195,000 Deaths a Year. (2004). Health Management Technology, 25(9), 10. -in 1990: 40,000 deaths due to tobacco, 300,000 deaths due to diet, activity patterns. Since that time the numbers have gotten worse. -in 2000, 176,000 due to racial segregation causes, 162,000 to low social support and 133,000 deaths due to individual level poverty. -Galea, S., Tracy, M., Hoggatt, K. J., DiMaggio, C., & Karpati, A. (2011). Estimated Deaths Attributable to Social Factors in the United States. American Journal Of Public Health, 101(8), 1456-1465. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2010.300086 None of this in intended to slight or make light of the tragedy in Colorado. My single purpose in posting these numbers is to provide perspective on the issue. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!