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  •  IL has banned everything interesting (7+ / 0-)

    I think the only things left are sparklers and those crummy black snakes.  And they're talking about banning sparklers because the burn too hot.

    This is the part of the nanny state that I do not disagree with.  We don't need to ban anything and everything that can hurt someone when not used properly.  We're going to raise a generation of clueless idiots that have no idea how the real world works, because everytime someone gets hurt, we don't teach them what they did wrong, we just ban things and let them be ignorant.

    •  Banning is not the answer but regulating (5+ / 0-) is. All or nothing mindset does not get that fact.

      "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

      by zenox on Fri May 10, 2013 at 09:01:20 AM PDT

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    •  "Clueless idiots" = the Michigan legislature, (3+ / 0-)
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      4Freedom, SilentBrook, SadieSue

      which legalized pretty much everything last year, and it was a nightmare. My neighborhood sounded like it was being carpet-bombed every night from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Our moronic state legislature thought legalization would be good for the economy, but of course there is no evidence that it has been so far or ever will be. The police were inundated with noise complaints all summer, and they surely will be again this year, which is of course an awesome use of their time and local resources. It also turns out that 100+ degree temps, no rain for a few months, and fireworks aren't the smartest combination. Other states imposed an all-out ban in response to the drought last summer, but the geniuses in Lansing did the opposite and made it open season for stupidity.

      I dread having to do it all again this year. I absolutely think what people do is their own business, but when their behavior repeatedly traumatizes my dogs, makes a night's sleep nearly impossible for three solid months, and results in burning, smoldering fireworks landing on my roof and drought-decimated yard, it's not their own business anymore.

      •  If the local fire dept institutes a burn ban, (2+ / 0-)
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        SadieSue, alevei

        then people could be fined for setting off fire works in areas where the bad is in effect.

        We shoot fireworks off on the 4th and on the 1st.
        But we don't do it when there is a burn ban, or if we personally feel it's too dry.

        We don't aim at areas with livestock.

        We don't do it after midnight and it lasts only that one evening.

        We also wear safety glasses and hats and gloves.

        And keep buckets and hoses handy just in case.

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