July 5, 2018 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm #1553430
Seriously… and people just drive to other states to rack up illegal fireworks. Of course, people still injury themselves and others with legal fireworks too.
When did America’s Independence Day become a day for so many accidents?
It’s so weird. Whenever I have seen someone with a missing limb, or fingers/toes, which is a rare occurrence, I haven’t imagined a fireworks injury, but it’s possible.
Hoping that 4th of July fireworks become a thing of the past.July 6, 2018 11:24 am at 11:24 am #1553552
I agree. There are lots of laws intended to protect people from themselves: age limits for buying alcohol, seat belts, etc. Why is setting off explosives on July 4 acceptable? It’s like children playing with matches.July 6, 2018 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm #1553595
Laws about fireworks are fairly recent, and they vary wildly from state to state. Where I grew up private fireworks were illegal, but every town and city had official fireworks displays that were really great. A few people would drive out of state to buy things, but that was exceptional.
Remember that all these laws about seatbelts, etc. were only passed against stiff resistance. There is a streak of “Don’t tell me what to do!” in the American psychology, so it’s not so legal to get the law passed, and then to get people to obey it.July 6, 2018 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm #1553597
Fireworks, when performed by licensed, trained companies ( Macy’s July 4th, and others sponsored by towns, companies etc ) are legal, traditional and lots of fun.
That’s whyJuly 6, 2018 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm #1553602
That’s why many people flock to watch the Macy’s fireworks display in NYC. They leave it to the professionals.July 6, 2018 2:08 pm at 2:08 pm #1553623
In my experience with the legal fireworks, they are small sparklers that are actually pretty safe as long as you stand 10 feet back. Keep in mind that anything that is legal is regulated, so they cant be too dangerous. The stories you hear of people blowing of limbs, are people who drive to the south to buy the big ones that shoot really high. I have used these and they have a longer fuse line so that you can stay a safe distance from them. A lot of the injuries come from people setting them off while they are impaired.
With regards to seatbelt laws, its not about the attitude of “don’t tell me what to do” that people were against it. As a free country, laws should be put in place that protect society; I.E. speed limits etc. but someone not wearing a seatbelt doesn’t affect anyone but himself, many people believe the country doesn’t have a right to mandate what someone must do in their own personal life and they feel like its a breach of their freedoms.July 6, 2018 2:08 pm at 2:08 pm #1553628
Why is driving a car legal ? Afterall more people die in car crashcrashes than fireworks accidents. What a dumb question.July 6, 2018 2:17 pm at 2:17 pm #1553651
Legal fireworks are completely a waste of time. You have to hold them in your hand, so it’s probably more dangerous, and they aren’t even cool.
The good stuff that you have to go to New Hampshire for is a different story. Like almost anything, it’s much more fun when not done in a professional setting. Why do those states allow it? Probably because they have backbones and aren’t afraid of their own shadows like the blue states that want to ban everything good in the world.July 6, 2018 2:57 pm at 2:57 pm #1553657
Today I learned that not wanting people to get their limbs blown off=bleeding heart liberal.July 6, 2018 4:46 pm at 4:46 pm #1553675
As a general rule ; blue/Democrats/liberals are the ones who believe in big government. It is their belief that government knows what’s right and should dictate to the (foolish) masses and it all stems from me the infinite kindness in their hearts.
So whether it’s laws against fireworks to protect the masses from injuring themselves or a ban on styrofoam plates to prevent injury to the planet, it’s the sublime consciousness of a Democrat that makes the world a better place.
Of course (being an ignorant lower life form) I might ask how it helps society to criminalize something that people are going to do anyway and then makes regular law abiding people pay the price of running afoul the criminal system.
But that’s only because I’m ignorant.July 6, 2018 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm #1553680
Today I learned …
The important thing is to keep learning.July 6, 2018 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm #1553681
Why are any fireworks illgal?
And RY, it’s not the government’s job to save us from ourselves.July 6, 2018 4:48 pm at 4:48 pm #1553682
To actually answer your question
I use Halacha as a guide. Risk assessment exists in halacha. And the level of risk involved in shooting off fireworks is minimal in the eyes of Halacha and therefore it is muttar to shoot them off. So why should I support more laws that criminalize patriotic Americans?July 6, 2018 4:49 pm at 4:49 pm #1553690
Git people spend much more time driving then they spend lighting fireworks. Also if you’re u outlaw driving cars there will be chaos. Nothing will happen without iligal fireworks.July 6, 2018 6:29 pm at 6:29 pm #1553705
RY: Are you offended? You’ve been a very open bleeding heart liberal on the coffee room for years. Conservative states allow fireworks, liberal states don’t. I hardly think you needed the CR to learn that.
“And RY, it’s not the government’s job to save us from ourselves.”
In RY’s defense, you could use that statement to argue legalizing heroin, RPG’s, and just about anything.July 6, 2018 6:31 pm at 6:31 pm #1553719
Because not everyone is a moron.July 9, 2018 7:21 pm at 7:21 pm #1554531
Neville, I only seem liberal here because most people are conservative. When I go somewhere liberal, I always bring my gun and my patriotic literature (except the gun, which I don’t have, but not for liberal reasons).
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