Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have conducted a study– the first to look at injuries resulting from outdoor recreational activities. They discovered that snowboarding is the most dangerous, accounting for 25 percent of injuries requiring emergency room visits.
Over 200,000 people are injured annually with these things; half of them between 10 and 24 years old. (That’s “the children”, folks!) Males are most prone to be injured, at twice the rate of females. Researchers didn’t bother to find out why,and who can blame them? They’re just a bunch of male predators we’re talking about here, even the 10-year-olds.
But what’s alarming is the lack of response from the American left, who should want to “save the children.” Liberal logic should point out that our health care delivery system is being “overburdened” by injured children– many of whom, presumably, are underinsured. Meanwhile, snowboard manufacturers spend millions glorifying snowboarding,luring helpless youths into injurywhile reaping windfall profits.
Minorities and undocumented snowboarders are no doubt hardest hit by these injuries, while the highly educated wealthy kids– who can afford higher quality snowboards– are better protected.
Where is Mayor Bloomberg on this? I mean, if we can ban transfat, can we not ban snowboards? What are we doing to our children? Where is the messiah– Senator Obama– to lead America’s hurting children to safety and punish Big Snow? After all,folks, we won’t heal or unify as a nationuntil we heal our children.
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