Florida Rep. Ritch Workman wants the dwarf-tossing law to be repealed. Workman says it could help unemployment, but the LPA (Little People of America) wants it upheld. It’s about one man’s mission to put create jobs.
“I’m on a quest to seek and destroy unnecessary burdens on the freedom and liberties of people,” The Representative said in a statement. “This is an example of Big Brother government.”
“All that it does is prevent some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get,” he added. “In this economy, or any economy, why would we want to prevent people from getting gainful employment?”
The activity usually consisted of a small human being dressing up in a velcro suit at a bar. Then patrons would have a contest to see who could throw the little person the furthest up a velcro mat usually hung on a wall or on to a mattress. Back at the time of it being outlawed, The LPA fought for the ban on the practice and helped put the law on the books, and they describe it as a demoralizing activity that treats the person as a mere object.
As of today, the organization still has the same feelings. “The possibility of getting paralyzed is high,” David Dodge, Florida district director, said.
Currently, under the law, the penalty for dwarf-tossing is a suspension or loss of a license and a maximum $1,000 fine, and it’s highly unlikely that it will be repealed anytime soon.