Thursday, September 14, 2006

Is this a joke?

I spotted this press release at PoliticsPA:

Congress Should Pass Plan to Protect Children from Falling TVs an d Furniture - 9/12/2006

U.S. Representative
Allyson Y. Schwartz 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) praised the U.S.Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for launching a public awareness campaign to raise attention to the dangers of falling furniture and televisions. The campaign alerts parents to the danger of unsecured furniture and provides tips to help safeguard heavy furniture. According to the CPSC, ten children have been killed already this year by falling TVs. In 2005 more than 3,000 children younger than 5 years old were treated in emergency rooms due to injuries associated with television tip-overs.

Schwartz also called for Congress to do its part to help protect children by passing key legislation which would prevent furniture and television tip-over accidents.

In April 2005 Schwartz introduced legislation to help prevent furniture tip-overs.

A law to prevent furniture tip-overs? How about one to prevent hot spoons falling off the stove?
I propose The Acorn and Chestnut Protection Act because every year many children are conked on the head by unthinking vegetation. What about other dangers such as lightening, crossing the street without looking both ways or getting in the way of the TV when daddy is watching the game?


Anonymous said...

Actually, there is legistlation which directly or indirectly addresses many dangers to children. TV tipover accidents are devastating injuries which are preventable, using solutions which are not necessarily intuitive. If legistlation can decrease the risks, it is more than worth the intellectual irritation you must suffer. Perhaps a childhood head injury is responsible for your inability to spell "lightning".

Gort said...

My mother didn't love me as much as the other kids so I didn't learn to spell. Thanks Nanny.