I have a few comments on the article that addresses banning fireworks (see original letter here). I have noticed that as our society progresses, we feel this need to stop anything and everything that find displeasing. While I can certainly sympathize with the annoyances of the “after parties” on the Fourth, I disagree with the solution that has been presented. I personally love fireworks. I don’t set them off myself at home, but I don’t feel that it’s in line with our American values to disallow anything and everything that causes a little interference in our lives.
Fireworks can cause fires, so can candles. Perhaps we shouldn’t allow people to use candles in their homes for fear of them catching something on fire? Fireworks are loud, so is music. Maybe we can prevent people from playing music in their cars and houses because it can be disturbing to others? People’s dogs using my lawn as a bathroom annoys me, maybe since I don’t have a dog maybe I can get the city to ban any and all dogs within the city limits. That way, I would never have to clean up after someone else’s pet or ever hear them bark again.
Of course I am being sarcastic, but the point remains: The problem is not a LACK of laws and legislation, the problem is the lack of enforcement. There are already laws on the books regarding fireworks use, noise levels, and littering. These laws are simply not being enforced in regards to the Fourth of July. Yes, people are mishandling fireworks, yes people are being obnoxious, but passing another law, will not change that. People are inconsiderate and ill-mannered no matter where you are or what the law says. If you are honest with yourself, you know that passing a ban on fireworks will not stop people from using them.
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