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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

You'll put your eye out!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the devastated families and friends of those killed and injured by the deranged teenager at Red Lake High School in Minnesota. Although not beyond belief, it’s disturbing that someone’s self-esteem can get so low that he feels that the only solution is to end the lives of those who hurt him.

All I can say is, it’s a good thing he didn’t have access to fireworks. He coulda put someone’s eye out.

That’s what’s on the mind of several Texas lawmakers this week, as they try to push legislation that would regulate, and possibly ban, fireworks in unincorporated areas of Harris County.

It’s ironic that the same people who vehemently oppose gun control are attempting to protect us from the dangers of sparklers and firecrackers. Never mind that a lot more people are harmed by firearms than fireworks. And aren’t these the people who say they want less government intrusion in our lives?

Republicans have been trying to pass legislation to control our use (or, if they get their way, non-use) of fireworks for more than a decade, but have been prevented from doing so by a single Democrat. A really, really big Democrat, apparently.

But not to worry. This really, really big Democrat, state Sen. Frank Madla, chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, says he will not stand in their way this time. Supposedly, he’s been opposing the legislation because his district includes some large fireworks distributors. His stance has softened because one of his most significant supporters, who opposed fireworks regulation, has died. But not in a fireworks related accident.

The poster boy for this campaign is a Dad whose fireworks put his daughter’s eye out last year. So because this doofus and his friends are incapable of handling them safely, he’s joined the fight to make it against the law for the rest of us to buy or use fireworks in the county.

The Fourth of July is coming up. If these Big Government, borrow-and-spend wingnuts succeed in taking away this freedom, I guess I’ll have to go out and buy a gun and shoot it up into the sky. Yeah, that’ll be so much safer.

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