Clearly by some statistics is was safer and by some quite dangerous.
Since the shuttle went such great distances each flight if you judge fatalities by miles it was pretty good. If you judge it by number of flights, it was a death trap. If you judge it by number of people it carried, death trap.
So, by some valid reasoning it was pretty dangerous. Heck, next to Apollo,if you only count the flights and not the ground test accident the Shuttle was infinitely more dangerous.
If you compare it to disposable, one use launch vehichles it still has a terrible record.
How can you only count the Apollo flights but not the ground accident of Apollo 1? 16 out of 17 successful missions = 94.1% success rate.
130 out of 132 shuttle missions is 98.5% success rate. Obviously there are many more stats than that but WTH are you talking about? Death trap? Infinitely more dangerous? Really?
I love how you trivialized the lives of three men in order to support your point.
Would you get into a car if someone told you up front that it has a 1 in 66 change of blowing you to smithereens each time you drove it?? It's not "1 out of 66 times, you get a flat tire." It's 1 out of 66 times, YOU DIE.