Recall Stupid Parents!
From: "Ross, Ken" <KPRoss@newsamerica.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 10:14:33 -0500
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: Air Rifle 'Defect'
To whom it may concern,
I am appalled at the knee-jerk reaction the CPSC is trying to create in the
public to advance an obviously anti-constitutional agenda.
First of all:
Highlights from CPSC Commissioner Gall's Stance Against the CPSC Lawsuit Against
I. PROCEDURAL IRREGULARITIES
A. The confidential draft Complaint was furnished
to reporters yesterday, before vote took place today.
B. Complaint filed immediately after vote today instead of giving Daisy
the customary short time to settle prior to filing the Complaint. Timetable
driven by today's 2:00 PM press conference.
C. No expert reports or detailed financial information about the company
were provided to Commission.
II. MANY ALLEGED DEFECTS ARE GENERIC TO AIR
A. Gravity feed mechanisms
B. Automatically resetting safeties.
C. Warnings provided to purchasers in labels and operating manuals.
These issues should be addressed
through voluntary standards, or regulation, not compliance action directed at
III. LODGING PROBLEM MAY BE UNIQUE TO DAISY
BUT IS NOT A SUBSTANTIAL PRODUCT HAZARD.
A. Commission's compliance staff conducted
six separate investigations of Daisy BB guns between l981 and l999. Commission
considered petitions five times between 1975 and 1989 and a special staff
project and report on air gun safety was completed in 1997.
B. Experience in use reveals 3 deaths and 47 serious injuries over 30 years
and nearly 7.5 million examples. (Contrast 250 deaths per year associated
with the use of bicycles by children.)
C. Commission staff unable to replicate phenomenon despite repeated attempts
to do so. Commission has repeatedly looked at air guns in general and Daisy
BB guns in particular and has not found a defect."
Secondly, although this is not a
chemically driven firearm such as a hunting rifle, this IS a rifle and has a
great deal of responsibility behind it. The Daisy company understands this and
tells you so in the safety manual: http://www.daisy.com/safetytips.html
Thirdly: "But according to CPSC Commissioner Mary Sheila Gall, the Commission
staff was unable to replicate phenomenon despite repeated attempts to do so.'"
(pulled from www.keepandbeararms.com)
How could there be a defect if there is no proof of it being repeatable on a
consistent basis? How many household accidents occur each year with ordinary
kitchen knives? Has anyone done a recall on knives? No, because the dangers
of using them are understood. The SAME dangers should be understood by those
using a rifle. If a parent is not smart enough to teach their kids responsibility,
then so be it. It should not be the government's problem that there are stupid
people out there. It is not the Government's job to make the world risk free
for these stupid people. The 'lowest common denominator' mentality of how to
regulate things to the people is only destroying the rest of the country's ability
to have any fun around here anymore. Maybe a recall on stupid parents is in
order? From what I've read, there seem to be one hell of a lot of defective
ones out there....
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