On Fri, 30 Apr 2004, T. J. Binkley wrote:
> >In 2003, 43,220 people died participating in the "American way of life".
> As a point of comparison, does anyone know the total number of Americans
> killed throughout the ENTIRE 20TH CENTURY by plane crashes? train
> crashes? bike crashes?
In 2003, according to the NTSB, 22 people were killed in airline
In the past 20 years, there have been about 3,000 total U.S. airline
In 2003, the Federal Railroad Administration reported 862 total
fatalities, of which more than 95 % were at highway/rail intersections
or involved "trespassing" on the railroad R.O.W.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports 660 total U.S.
bicycle deaths for 2002, the latest year for which statistics were
complete. (If not for clueless, aggressive motorists...)
In the same year, 4,808 pedestrians were reported killed, probably not
too many of them in collisions with bikes or other pedestrians.
And one T.J. didn't mention: For 2001, the DOJ Bureau of Justice
Statistics reports 15,980 murders and non-negligent manslaughters in
the United States.
"It is my conviction that killing under the cloak
of war is nothing but an act of murder."
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