Apparently, there has been a disturbing rise in traffic deaths in 2021. Over the past six months, the U.S. has seen the biggest increase in traffic fatalities since the government began tracking them in 1979.
Citing the Department of Transportation’s annual Fatality Analysis Reporting System, Fox News reported:
More than 20,000 people died in car accidents throughout the United States in the first six months of 2021, an 18.4% increase over the same time period last year, according to the Department of Transportation.
Determining the cause of this increase is no easy task, especially for normal folks. But fortunately, CNN’s Don Lemon is on the job and has sussed this whole situation out. The media activist has identified the source of the problem: Right-wingers.
That’s right, folks. If you’re reading this article, which is posted on a conservative website, it is highly likely that YOU are responsible for deaths involving motor vehicles.
You all should be ashamed of yourselves.
First, Lemon set the stage, noting how many car deaths have occurred:
“38,680 deaths on U.S. roads last year — the most fatalities since 2007. And that’s even with pandemic precautions drastically reducing the numbers of drivers on the road. So what gives? Well, some experts are saying that this is due to an overall lack of civility in our society — a lack of civility we have seen at school board meetings. .. Over mask mandates. … And on airplanes.”
The media activist did not specify who these “experts” are, but he did have Pamela Shadel Fisher from the Governors Highway Safety Association as a guest to help us understand the matter. She indicated that people were being more reckless on the road due to pandemic-related stress or because there are fewer cars on the roads. She also cited a supposed increase in “uncivil” behavior.
Lemon also pretended to care about the horrifying rise in violent crime over the past year:
“Just three more weeks before 2021 comes to a close, but it’s already going down as a year with a soaring number of homicides all across the country. The murder rate in some cities breaking records. Experts say stress from the COVID pandemic definitely playing a role here. But the major factor, guns.”
He didn’t directly blame conservatives for the spike in crime rates, but he focused on the existence of guns, which is something that right-wingers, and the Constitution, support. However, he failed to mention there were no recent changes to gun laws and he forgot to discuss the fact that the vast majority of gun crimes are committed using firearms that were illegally obtained. Whoops!
Fortunately, his other guest, Austin sheriff Joseph Chacon, managed to inject some truth into the conversation. “We have seen really a spike in gun violence, so, you know, just a proliferation of illegally owned weapons on the street,” he explained.
Of course, there was no mention of the “Defund the Police” movement and the anti-police sentiment fomented by folks like Lemon as a potential contributor to the rise in homicides. But this is no surprise. After all, this is CNN.
For her part, Fisher did not attempt to blame conservatives for the spike in traffic deaths. She said:
“It’s a combination of so many things, but it really does come down to a lack of regard for themselves and everybody else out there on the road. I mean, people are taking incredible risks, driving at high rates of speed, driving impaired on alcohol, drugs, sometimes multiple substances at the same time; not wearing seatbelts — which people say to me, “Everybody wears a seatbelt.” ‘They aren’t wearing seatbelts. They’re using their cell phones.”
Thank God for people like CNN’s Don Lemon. Without media activists of his type, we would never have known that Republican voters are the ones causing the uptick in traffic deaths. In fact, now that I think about it, being a conservative myself, I’ve often felt like driving recklessly just for the hell of it.
Why, just the other day I was out and about and I thought to myself: “Self,” I thought, “I’m very much concerned with Biden’s failed immigration policies and the Democrats’ efforts to violate my Second Amendment rights. Maybe I might feel better if I get in my car and drive donuts all over this parking lot with reckless abandon.”
My court date is set for next month.