What about the innocent?

Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 12:27 a.m.
I have seen more print about one murderer's execution in one day than the coverage of real tragedies in a year. Why are we worried about how a murderer dies but so complacent about those who really do not deserve to die?
I compiled these statistics from government Web sites for one average year only in America: total accidental deaths, 97,900; deaths by auto accidents, 43,400; deaths by poisoning, 13,000; deaths by falling, 13,000.
Now for the real tragedy: deaths by suicide, 31,500. That's one every 16 minutes, or 86 a day. Claimed suicide attempts, 700,000-plus. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among our youth and 11th nationally, while homicide is ranked 15th.
Why do we turn a blind eye to these people? Where is real compassion?
There were 16,450 homicides according to the FBI. Of that, 3,600 were killed by their spouses. This one I cannot verify, but there are some extraordinary numbers being thrown around about Americans who die at the hands of illegal aliens. We worry about how a murderer dies but not the innocent?

Michael Santarsiero,


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