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  •  fireworks should be banned anyway (2+ / 0-)
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    Adelante, oldpotsmuggler

    For people not trained to use them safely.

    Why on earth we want our kids to be running around with explosives, is something I cannot fathom.

    •  Really? (8+ / 0-)

      I'll probably get HRed for this, but...has it really been that long since you were a kid?  It's been a long time since I was, but I'm glad I was occasionally able to get my hands on some fireworks when I was.

      FWIW I support reasonable gun control like an AWB, but honestly, do we have to make EVERYTHING about "the terrarists!"?  Yeah, we would al be nominally "safer" if we locked ourselves in our "panic rooms" and never came out, but what the hell kind of life is that?  I'd rather not be quite so safe and still have a few slightly risky behaviors that I could indulge in as I was growing up and figuring out how the world worked.

      Banning all fireworks would be sad, and surely would not stop "terrorism" one bit.

      (Posted on behalf of 12-year-old boys everywhere.)

      Go ahead, throw doughnuts at me, I'm having one of those days already.

      •  it's nothing whatever to do with "terrists" (1+ / 0-)
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        It's everything to do with the kids who blow their hands off every year.

        How in hell can anyone think "explosives" and "kids" are a good combination?

        •  My brother sent many a lttle green army men (1+ / 0-)
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          back to their liquid plastic states, albeit in many more pieces than the package advertised.  Vrey lucky he has all his digits today.

        •  I wonder (6+ / 0-)

          if many things that were quite common for kids to play with when I was growing up aren't more dangerous today because so few people have them and grow up with the experience to use them safely.  I mean, even the hot water heaters are now fixed with a governor so you can't accidentally scald yourself in the shower as I did when I was trying to use the one in my grandmother's house for the first time alone at the age of eight.

          When I was twelve, there was no one who didn't know at least one kid who had made an Exploding Volcano Science Project for school.  And we all had all our fingers and toes, despite running around with sparklers until they burned practically down to our fingertips every summer.  The boys made bombs to sink their model ships that flamed spectacularly as they died.  You can't live life in a padded cell and call it Living.  I find that now that I'm past fifty I have less interest in things that make me tired and filthy and late for supper, but still, you have to remember that nobody lives forever, and you cannot remove all risks, and some risks are necessary just to learn how to deal with the possibility of harm without turning into a puddle of melted jelly.

        •  That's a great reason to severely limit (0+ / 0-)


          Standard bottle rockets won't cause serious life altering injury unless you shove them up your nose before lighting.

          I love you stupid fucking fucks. Now stop poking at the dead cat on the table and get back to the issues.

          by JesseCW on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 04:39:53 PM PDT

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    •  I ***SO**** detest (1+ / 0-)
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      July 4 here in Snohomish County.  My neighbors kids bombing ducks in the retention pond with illegal M80s, which NO ONE in the county Sheriff's office will prevent even non-tribal firewords stands from selling, and drunken adults with all balls and no brains setting bottle rockets off willy nilly where they'll go into people's back yards and onto their rooves even in the driest weather, etc., etc., etc..  I'm tired of having to use prescription tranquilizers on my pets.. and NOW, idiots fire their guns off on holidays, and use fireworks on all sorts of holidays.

      christ, I've lived too goddamned long.

      Let joy pour forth with every genuine communication.

      by Adelante on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:41:36 PM PDT

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