Land of the free, home of the brave–now that’s irony.
In one of our latest displays of freedom and bravery, a number of American cities and counties have banned sledding ( http://news.yahoo.com/liability-concerns-prompt-cities-limit-sledding-150707212.html ). Gotta do it, you see, because somebody’s kid might sled into a tree and break a tooth, and then the parents sue the pants off the town.
As a New York lawyer put it in the news story cited above, people “expect government to prevent dangers whenever possible.” We the people of the United States of America, in order to prevent dangers whenever possible…
The city of Dubuque, Iowa, is the latest to ban sledding. There is some study that shows that, from 1997-2007, nationwide, some 20,000 kids a year wound up in the emergency room after getting hurt sledding. The seriousness of these “injuries” is not given.
But so what? Why don’t the courts just throw out these lawsuits? Accidents will happen, and nobody has to go sledding. You want to avoid sledding accidents, don’t sled. Oh, but that wouldn’t be compassionate!
It wouldn’t be compassionate to the lawyers, that’s for sure.
What a nation of schlubs we are: a race of fairies. Why don’t we just let the government ban everything, everything, that contains some element of danger? Except, of course, for aberrant sexual practices. We have a right to those. One might almost say a duty, to hear pwogwessives tell it.
Ice skating: you might fall down. Riding a bicycle: you might fall off. Fishing: you might hook yourself. Flying a kite: you might get it caught in a tree, and that could hurt your self-esteem.
I wish we could ban the banners.