> the ~40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get almost no coverage
He's right. This has always pissed me off personally.
12 people get shot in a school and it's the end of the world (which it is) but 3,000+ die EACH MONTH and it's completely ignored.
And the penalties are nil. An old geezer killed someone on a bicycle and got a whopping $80 fine - until the local community revolted and she got 3mos in jail - 3 months for killing someone!