Dial urgency on cell use

Where is the outrage? Where is the national debate?

Watching the outcry from the public and the demands from the President about guns, and particularly assault rifles, I can’t help but wonder where is the outrage and national debate about texting and cell phone use?

First, I see no need for assault rifles and 30-shot clips. But it is our right to own them and 99 percent of those owners are responsible people.

I do not take the Newtown tragedy lightly and do not compare anything but the numbers.

A total of 2,500 people are dying every year, and 300,000 accidents are caused by cell phone and texting abuse (Don’t drive and text.org stats).Yet no one is fighting to ban cell phones or texting. Not completely, not even just while driving.

These are two-, three- and four-ton weapons in the hands of drivers whose hands are on tiny cell phone buttons.

This is 100 times the number that died in Connecticut – every year.

Why is our President not stopping this national tragedy? Is it because they only die one at a time? Is it because we all have cell phones and we all use them?

Our state passed a law banning texting but made it impossible to enforce.

We have to want this. We need the people we elect to protect us. We need to ban all cell phone use, of any kind, for the drivers of vehicles.

When this phenomenon started, I used to count the drivers using cell phones. It grew and grew. Now I can count the ones not using cell phones while driving easier.

Where is the outrage? Where is the national debate?

Wrong number?

Keith R. Larrimore, Altoona