Appalled About Daisy Recall
Date sent: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 00:08:50
From: Bob <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: I'm appalled!
Another fine example of our government
run amok. I'm referring to your lawsuit to compel Daisy to recall millions of
alleged defective BB guns.
Are you people really this nuts?
I had a daisy when I was 10. I am now 59 and I still know the inherent safety
issues with gravity fed mechanisms which include Daisy BB guns, as well as others.
Even as a kid of 10 I knew there
is no such thing as an "empty" gun until it is proven to be empty.
Even after the last rattle, and the last shot, we always recocked the BB gun
and shot it dry into the ground several times. What you are alleging only proves
the sad state of education in our country. If our kids are too dumb to read
the safety instructions printed and provided by a manufacturer, they should
also be assumed to be too dumb to have possession of ANY gun or other device
that could inflict an injury, such as baseball bats, knives or rocks or maybe
even silverware. Protecting our consumers is a noteworthy and valuable service.
Many lives have been spared and much injury prevented by your actions. However,
there are more worthwhile subjects for the expenditure of your/our funds. It
is claimed that there have been 28 fatalities related to BB guns in the past
25 years or so. Big deal. How many have died on bicycles, on roller skates,
on skateboards? Hmmm?
How many in have died in falls,
swimming pools or motor vehicles? Hmmm?
I think as a taxpayer, I would certainly
support our money being spent on "worthwhile" endeavors and in this
time of financial crisis, I also approve of the more 'bang for the buck' approach
to funding studies and certainly expensive and drawn out lawsuits where only
the attorneys win. Suing a company for the sake of promoting the antigun agenda
of certain members of Congress and other elected representatives of "WE
THE PEOPLE" stinks, in my opinion. I am not trying to minimize the loss
of life of any child or the injury to any others, but BB guns are not major
contributors or even minor contributors to child deaths and injuries. They may
more closely be classified as insignificant contributors, compared to things
like the Infant Mortality Rate which claims over 70 kids a day. Maybe you should
consider recalling police. They are responsible for over 300 deaths per year,
345 for the year 2000. (National Vital Statistics Report Vol.49, No. 12, Oct
Bullying a manufacturer for the
sake of some political agenda is not only wrong but unethical. To prosecute
a business who makes any product with any potential for harm, including sucking
lifesavers candy into your windpipe and choking to death or a kid drinking bleach
or household chemicals is ludicrous.
Back off while you still have some
public support for your important work and try to keep politics out of the debate
and the science of your actions.
Concerned in Antioch, CA
Robert W. Staker
Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also
big enough to take away everything you
have. ~~ Barry Goldwater
Hopefully this doesn't include your
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