Mass killings that do not spark outrage (and be safe tonight)
27 People killed: Carrollton, Kentucky bus collision - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
8 People killed: 2009 Taconic State Parkway crash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
5 People killed: Driver Sentenced in Nevada's Worst Drunk Driving Case - 8 News NOW
One person is killed every 30 minutes in the US due to drunk driving: Drunk Driving Facts - Drunk Driving Statistics
Why do we not have background checks for alcohol purchases? Wouldn't it make sense to just do a quick check on someone that is purchasing beer to find out if he as any DUI convictions? Or if the purchaser has someone in his or her household that is "unstable?" Shouldn't we have a "waiting period" before you can purchase? And should we limit the purchases to X ounces per month?
Shouldn't we outlaw "high proof" alcohol products, such as anything greater than wine (e.g., 14.5%). Does anyone really NEED 80 Proof, 120 Proof, or 180 proof alcohol products? Please give me ONE GOOD REASON why you need Everclear, or Whiskey, etc.
And the stats above are just for deaths. Fetal alcohol syndrome, alcoholism, wives/girlfriends beat to a pulp when the husband/boyfriend has too much to drink, date rapes, alcohol related diseases, days lost work, etc. - the cost to society is astronomical.
Or maybe we should just attribute the fault not to the product but to the malfeasance of the abuser. On all fronts.