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A slippery slope awaits us, if “emergency” action is needed to ban fireworks on the Fourth of July:
District of Columbia officials are calling for a ban on the sale and use of consumer fireworks.
Mayor Adrian Fenty says an emergency bill will be introduced at a D.C. Council meeting next week… .
If passed, it would take effect immediately… .
Fire Chief Dennis Rubin says that there were six “significant injuries” related to fireworks last year in Washington.
Considering that Washington averages well over 200 homicides per year, this fireworks “emergency” — occasioned by a mere six injuries — is laughable. Then again, most things done by the D.C. government are laughable. A fireworks ban is logically analogous to the absurdly ineffective D.C. handgun ban.
The risks of consumer fireworks have been purposely exaggerated by the anti-fun lobby. Most fireworks injuries are caused by a failure to follow basic common-sense safety guidelines that are printed on the package, including the most basic rule of all: “Light fuse, get away.”
Fireworks are a personal hobby of mine. Three years ago, my twins sons (then 12) assisted me in assembling and igniting a Fourth of July consumer fireworks display that ended with this finale:
Our guests told us it was “better than Disney World.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?