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Voice: Once they take away BB guns, other guns may follow

January 09, 2002

I think the best Christmas gift I ever got was when I was 7 years old. It was a Daisy BB gun. I remember being so proud to have one. I would run home from school just to cradle her beauty and wage war with the evil tin cans that glared at me in front of my hay bale.

My parents, of course, sat me down and made me well aware of all the safety concerns and cautions I had to observe or face a blistered bottom and the loss of my precious Daisy. Neither ever happened.

Sadly, these cherished memories may soon be a thing of the past. A 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy and his friend had been shooting a Daisy Powerline BB gun. Thinking it was empty, he pumped it up, put it next to his friend's head and pulled the trigger.

This stupid, reckless act (which the media labeled an "accident") resulted in permanent injuries to his friend and Daisy settling out of court for $18 million. The victim's "caring" attorney then petitioned the Consumer Product Safety Commission and demanded that Daisy recall the model used in the "accident" and like designs.


Although this design has been in use since the 1880s, and the CPSC has previously OK'd the rifles, Clinton's CPSC chairman, Ann Brown, told the media to expect action "regarding a very dangerous product that kills and maims children" during her resignation address in August.

The day before she left, the three-member board voted 2-1 against Daisy.

Now trial lawyers are soliciting for clients against Daisy and other BB gun manufacturers, which will effectively put Daisy out of business.

Anyone who wants to see the joy in a child's eyes when they open that big, long box had better get one soon, before the BB gun ends up on the endangered species list.

Anyone who welcomes this travesty and looks forward to the day when guns are outlawed in the United States needs to look no farther than Great Britain and Australia. We've heard about foot-and-mouth disease in England and the brush fires in Australia, but big media has strangely failed to report about the crime epidemics in these "gun-free" societies.

In 1997 and '98, respectively, their governments told people to turn in their weapons. The law-abiding citizens did so. The criminals did not. Since then, burglary and rape are at an all-time high because the thugs know people are defenseless.

We have people here who wish the same fate on us. They ignore the benefits of an armed citizenry and despise the "gun culture" because we don't need them.

Hillary Clinton said, "kids and guns are words that should never be used in the same sentence." Tell that to my Daisy.


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