We've got this day, this anniversary set aside to mourn and remember. Our president now dumps billions of dollars to fight terrorism. Not to mention the man hours and lives we're putting on the line to fight it as well. All as a result of the deaths of 2,792 people.
I don't mean to disrespect or take anything away from the friends, families and loved ones of those 2,792 people. But what about the over 17,000 people that were killed last year. They were killed crossing the street, they were killed going to school, they were killed driving home or to work, they were killed on the way to see their boyfriend, killed on the way home from seeing their girlfriend, all innocent and going about their lives the just as the victims of 9/11 were. Only these were not just men and women, they were also children and babies. But because they were not all killed on the same day, because these 17,000 people were killed last year by drunk drivers...there is no special day to honor them. There is NO huge government fund being spent to assure these deaths don't occur each year. In fact, the "terrorists" that commit these crimes are given slaps on the wrists and a new driver license in 90 days. At least until they finally kill some one. Once they kill, then we pay attention. But that doesn't seem to phase this country. I don't see a day of mourning or a national campaign on behalf of these 17,000 deaths per year.
And why do we have no day of mourning for the 230,000 people we killed on August 6th? Us. We. As in the U. S. of A. We act like killing nearly 3,000 people is the atrocity and horror of a lifetime. Yet we killed 230,000 men, women and children in Hiroshima. WHY is there no day of mourning in this country for them?
I'm sorry for the 9/11 deaths. None of them deserved it. But what does it say about us as people that we have this national day of mourning for them, while the deaths of more than 10 times as many goes disregarded as nothing more than a notation in our history books. We have infinitely unlimited time and funds to devote to controlling terrorism that killed 2,792 people, but we turn a blind eye to the people in our own country who kill 17,000 people per year.