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.