Going after killers

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Ralph Gary’s letter (See: “There’s other stuff,” Thursday) is well-taken. He said that many die from drunk drivers while we spend our time talking about abortion and West Nile virus.

Drunk driving is a tragedy, and we should loudly condemn it and the evils of liquor. But consider: Some 9,878 deaths are due to drunk drivers (2011). Again, 286 deaths are due to West Nile virus (2012). In contrast, some 1,212,400 lives are ended by abortion (2008). Drunk driving is bad. West Nile is bad. But abortion definitely ends many more innocent lives.

What’s worse, people aren’t generally killed deliberately through drinking (though it would be great to totally outlaw liquor as well). And no one deliberately is infected with the virus. But over a million lives end each year through premeditated, planned, deliberate acts of destruction.

Let’s condemn all preventable deaths.

— Richard Hollerman, Fort Worth

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