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Death After Disney Ride Sparks Call for Federal Review (Cause Unknown in Tragedy of 4-yr-old)
USA Today via AOL ^ | June 15, 2005 | Anthony DeBarros and Kitty Bean Yancey

Posted on 06/15/2005 6:07:05 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

Edited on 06/15/2005 8:59:00 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: disney; disneydeath; kaching
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Okay, help me out with this. The most dangerous words in the world are, "I'm from the Federal Government and I'm here to help" but this is a little boy who DIED. Shouldn't the government investigate? I think this is a proper role for the government.
1 posted on 06/15/2005 6:07:05 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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Christsakes can't the Federal government keep its nose out of anything??????????


2 posted on 06/15/2005 6:10:06 AM PDT by samm1148
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It doesn't sound like the ride killed him. If 8 million others have ridden it safely. One sad accident doesn't mean the Government needs be brought in.
3 posted on 06/15/2005 6:11:33 AM PDT by TN4Bush
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The federal government regulates child seats in the back of automobiles ... but not amusement rides that approach G forces that astronauts are exposed to," he says

I don't think the Federal gov't should be regulating either of these. Its not in the enumerated powers of the Constitution. Its an issue for the states.


4 posted on 06/15/2005 6:11:56 AM PDT by waverna
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Shouldn't the government investigate? I think this is a proper role for the government.

The state and local city, county, not the federal, governments should investigate. We really don't need Senate hearing for a month on rides at Disney Parks.

5 posted on 06/15/2005 6:12:13 AM PDT by hflynn
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I don't think the feds should get involved. Really, what are they going to do...besides impose some *gasp* federal regulations.


6 posted on 06/15/2005 6:12:15 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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When it comes to safety, some government 'meddling' may be warranted.  Do you trust every organization to govern themselves?
7 posted on 06/15/2005 6:13:31 AM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires)
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"In February, a 77-year-old woman with diabetes and other ailments died at Disney World after riding the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction."

Anybody who has ridden the Pirates of the Caribbean knows how dangerous a 3 mile per hour ride can be. Sometimes people just die--the government assumes that if it happened in public, there must be some malfeasance involved.


8 posted on 06/15/2005 6:13:59 AM PDT by richardtavor (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the name of the G-d of Jacob)
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"Shouldn't the government investigate? I think this is a proper role for the government."

No doubt the government of Florida will investigate this, I heard they were doing an autopsy, so that's a governmental investigation. I don't see why the Federal government should be involved, other than that Mr. Markey, Lib-Mass, wants to get his name in the paper today.

It may very well be that this child had some occult problem that was exacerbated by the ride; or that would have caused his death ride or no ride. That generally seems to be the case in sudden death of young children. One freeper yesterday postulated that although he was tall enough for the ride, he might have been too light weight for it. If the ride was a contributor it may be they will need to add a minimum weight requirement to ride it.


9 posted on 06/15/2005 6:14:23 AM PDT by jocon307 (Can we close the border NOW?)
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"The death of this child is a perfect example of why the federal government should be able to investigate," says Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., author of a bill to close a loophole in U.S. law that exempts theme parks from federal oversight.

They needed an exemption? Why isn't this an issue for Florida state law? It can't be because Disney is in more than one state. If that's the case, you have Disney's around the world. SHould their be a global review in The Hague?

TS

10 posted on 06/15/2005 6:14:49 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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The federal government regulates child seats in the back of automobiles ... but not SCHOOL BUS rides that approach G forces that astronauts are exposed to.................
11 posted on 06/15/2005 6:14:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (It's not up to the gov't to give you an education. It's up to you to take it from them......)
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This is absolutely definitely positively a Federal Matter!

It says so right in the Constitution - under the 'interstate commerce' provision, and failing that, the General Welfare clause.

Read 'em and weep!


12 posted on 06/15/2005 6:15:07 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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The government that should do the investigating is the local government.


13 posted on 06/15/2005 6:15:12 AM PDT by Madeleine Ward
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No, the govt. should not investigate.

I have seen this ride. It isn't a roller coaster.

The ONLY way one could die on this ride is if they have a condition that the ride would exacerbate via G forces etc.

This case is really sad, but the boy died because of his body failing for some reason, not the ride.


14 posted on 06/15/2005 6:15:17 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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No reason for the federal government to investigate this. That's why we have local coroners.


15 posted on 06/15/2005 6:15:48 AM PDT by Brilliant
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A lot of theme parks have deaths from rides. Personally, I find many of these rides dangerous. But I don't think the government should be in charge of regulating rides. This is an opportunity for private inspectors. Much like Safe Harbor offers a Seal for ecommerce sites, a private inspection company can leave a seal that has been earned from standards.


16 posted on 06/15/2005 6:16:27 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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The only meaningful investigation is going to be the autopsy.


17 posted on 06/15/2005 6:16:43 AM PDT by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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People like Ed Markey want the Feds to get involved -- you can't trust a state like Florida to handle a tough issue like Amusement Parks.

On the other hand ...

People like Ed Markey were outraged that the US Supreme Court got involved in the 2000 Presidential Election. Everyone knows that a state like Florida can handle an easy issue like a presidential election ...

18 posted on 06/15/2005 6:18:54 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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The big problem is that Federal regulation and oversight does not guarantee anything but the politicizing of the target. Just look at the impact of Federal baggage screeners.

Don't you feel 100% safer knowing that suddenly these people are Federal employees. </sarcasm>

We have to allow private businesses to work on their own safety in many circumstances. Businesses will respond a lot faster to the safety concerns than government.

Disney doesn't want people avoiding it's theme parks because they think they are unsafe. The drive to increase attendance and revenues will bring about fast change to upgrade safety and warnings to riders.

If we left the safety to government regulators, it would take a long time to secure the rides and even longer to determine what constitutes a safe ride. In the meanwhile, safety is not really being enhanced. However, Disney will make quick changes to make sure that people don't start avoiding the ride


19 posted on 06/15/2005 6:20:17 AM PDT by lnbchip
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Already done and it apparently doen't tell them anything.


20 posted on 06/15/2005 6:20:22 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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