Well, the average annual traffic fatality rate in the US has been around 37,000 for the last 10 years or so (http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx). But then, traffic fatalities occur every day, and we take them as if they are a normal part of every day life. The reason 9-11 got so much attention and response was not becuase of the number that were killed, but simply because it was an unusual event, which the administration then used to consolidate power. So please don't apologize. We need more people with soap boxes....
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