Las Vegas Mass Shooting

It’s a horrific tragedy, and a reminder that there’s an undercurrent of a significant major mental health problem in the U.S.

That being said, there isn’t enough attention focused on the 60,000 people dying every year in the U.S. from opioid overdoses, the 400,000 dying every year due to smoking, the 50,000 people dying every year due to air pollution, and the 100,000 dying every year due to medical malpractice. Those are of course among the other fatal statistics, such as the deaths every year by suicide, which is actually the third leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24.

There are still a lot of good lives that can be saved through productive action, and I view that kind of organized activity as the important antidote to despair to remember.