Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Years and Firing Guns Into The Air

It has long baffled me as to why many of our nation's people cling to isolated events and rather than taking the common sense practical approach to alleviating a problem decide to declare an activity illegal, make it a felony then come down on whatever idiot broke their new law.

One of these cases is Shannon's Law in Arizona. Background: A young girl talking on her cordless phone is struck by a bullet in the head and killed while standing in her backyard .

Subsequently local officials passed a law making celebratory gunfire a felony.

As expected this law made zero difference in the behavior as there was a notable increase in celebratory gunfire after the issue passed.

What most do not know is that during the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century, ammunition manufacturers sold millions of blank catridges per year which were made and marketed expressly for celebrating events like Independence Day and New Years.

A campaign to have those wishing to celebrate New Years use blank catridges rather than live ammunition which includes the projectile component would be far more likely to produce positive results than a simple prohibition.

I wish everyone a very healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

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