A peek at what we make
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) can add a whole new section to those being adversely affected: School bands.
The ill-conceived law, written in the wake of lead in paint recalls of imported toys (the wording of which was guided along by consumer groups and the very companies that were issuing those recalls) sets lead content levels as legal or illegal with no regard whatsoever for risk. An example of this would be crystals. Typically high in lead content, but the amount of lead that is soluble if swallowed is negligable.
Today the Consumer Product Safety Commission met to discuss exempting Brass. Brass, the likes of which are found throughout houses and schools in the form of door handles, hinges and coat racks was today determined to be illegal. Actually, for children under 12, it’s a banned hazardous substance. So what else will be affected now? School bands. Let’s take a glimpse at what are now officially banned hazardous items for children 12 and under:
I’ve probably missed something, but essentially you’re left with woodwinds, strings and some of your percussion section. What kind of school band do you have at this point?!
I invite any members of Congress to explain here why this does not deserve an IMMEDIATE amendment.