Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I've been barking up the wrong tree

Shotgun practice
Originally uploaded by scotts_photos.
I'd like to announce that I've been barking up the wrong tree, honing in on the wrong problem, preaching the wrong message.

I've decided to shift my campaign to get boaters to wear PFDs. The problem isn't the boaters; the problem in the manufacturers of PFDs.

From today's Washington Post:
Philip Merrill, the prominent publisher and former diplomat whose body was found floating in the Chesapeake Bay on Monday, apparently took his own life after struggling with a heart condition for more than a year, his family said last night.

Merrill, 72, was found with a small anchor tied around one or both ankles and what investigators believe was a shotgun wound to the head, according to a source familiar with the investigation. The source said Merrill had bought a shotgun in recent weeks.
I'm eating my words; wearing a PFD, at least in the current style, wouldn't have helped Mr. Merrill.

My new campaign: getting manufacturers of PFDs to make them cover the head (like a helmet with a face mask) and to make them bullet proof. That ought to help...

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