WE SAY: Forget the guns, focus on the road
OUR VIEW: About 30 people in the United States are shot to death each day, according to anecdotal evidence.
Today, four people will die on Australian roads, official figures say.
In other words, each day, per capita, Australia loses more people on its roads than the US does to highly-publicised gun violence.
Comparing apples with oranges?
Yes, but it does help to bring into focus the dangers we face each day on our roads. It, too, is a reminder that cars, like guns, can be lethal.
On average, Australia has 4800 car crashes a day.
About 550 people injured, some severely.
On Monday, a 26-year-old who allegedly has never had a driver's licence lost control of the 4WD she was driving.
The vehicle ploughed into a bus-stop and shop in suburban Sydney.
A 16-year-old student waiting for the bus was killed, and two people in the shop were injured.
The teenager had just finished an examination and was on her way home.
The 4WD had another woman and two small children inside.
Coincidentally, Queensland police will launch a blitz on erring drivers in a traffic crackdown across the state this week.
Driving is a responsibility, not a right.
Take care out there.