Just as everyone knew from the past and history of bear fires in this state. Not
only were fireworks not a problem, neither were sport shooting in the wild.People have more common sense than the governor gave them credit for and
his spasmodic knee jerking didn't prove but one thing, he thinks the state
landscaping department has constitutional authority to dictate gun control laws
contrary to the Supreme Court rulings that no state or government can control
when and where guns are fired. Not even in open range, BLM property, or
unpopulated areas.The Supreme Court ruling affects even hunting and
wildlife laws of Utah. It's even legal to shoot from vehicles, across
roads, near homes where wildlife roam, or in your home and on your property. In
other words all shooting restrictions are illegal, as it should be. Not even a
thief running off with your million dollars treasures.It puts common
sense and rights back in the hands of individuals who are citizens of the US.
I've been lighting fireworks for over 40 years without injury or any fire
damage. This year I could not use fireworks simply because my address is east
of Orchard Drive. My yard and my neighbors' yards are just as green as
those West of Orchard. I guess the government needs to have control over
everything I do at home.Poeple should be responsible for their
actions, but freedom requires that poeple be allowed to act responsibly.
Out of 603 fires this year, only one was caused by fireworks. Protecting the wilderness areas and places with dry grass danger is high is
understandable, but not developed neighborhoods where people are most likely to
light off fireworks. Campaigns to promote 'common sense and personl
responsibility' are brilliant, but campaigns that use fear and intimidation
should be avoided at all costs. More education, less regulation.
Ban fireworks anyway. Not because they're dangerous, but because they
disturb the peace.If a neighbor is having a party at 10:30, blasting
music and yelling and screaming, most of you will call the cops right away. So
why is it OK for you to be making even more noise with fireworks at the same
time of night? Why should your right to embrace your inner redneck trump my
right to get a good night's sleep?
Sir Robin, in Utah fireworks are only allowed over three holidays a year. When
we celebrate New Years, Independence Day and Pioneer Day. Times that should be
celebrated. Perhaps you should get out and enjoy life more.
While it's true that only one fire was caused by fireworks, I still think
the ban on fireworks and target shooting was the right move to prevent even more
fires. But, we also need to consider that the fires caused by fireworks and
target shooting were some of the biggest of the fires that we've had. This
was just simply a case of the cities and state taking preventive measures. True,
it made for a tamer fireworks season, and some were upset that they
couldn't light their own fireworks. But in the long run I think we'd
all rather forgo some of that for one year and not have to pay the cost of
fighting even more fires, not to mention the other issues such as mudslides that
It's pretty simple. If the great people of Utah were intelligent enough to
not continue causing fires, seems like this year most due to target shooting,
that's when the government is responsible to step in, as they did.Common sense is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, it's a trait that has
missed too many people.
@WilliaryI can't put it any more simply or civilly than this:
yes, "common sense is a beautiful thing." However, it shouldn't be
a requirement--or a law.You think you cherish freedom, but you allow
and approve of government robbing everyone of it and liberty--because, as you
put it, we all need to have common sense.Further, you seem to have
fallen for the media's effort to fool the public--and that was to convince
you that most of the 600+ fires were caused by target shooters. The fact is a
handful of fires (again, out of the 600+ total) were attributed to target
shooters. I've researched each of the cases and so far none have been
proven. (They were attributed due to the areas being frequented by target
shooters.)Sure, cherish common sense. But I recommend cherishing
knowledge and wisdom (as well as freedom and liberty) even more.
For some time now, most regulatory organizations - including the government,
have resorted to a reaction based scenario. Something happens, they jump up and
create a low to address the issue. A fire starts and so, at the speed of light
a new law is written banning anything related to a fire. Someone drowns and
water is the culprit.It is noted that we do need laws. But laws
cannot possibly address every single issue, or prevent ever conceivable error.
Somehow legislators need to structure laws which enable and encourage people to
make wise decisions and spelling out consequences when they don't; rather
than simply shackling people tighter and tighter so that they cannot move and
thus not make a mistake. Until people are allowed to experience their own
consequences, behavior will never change.
When people are held financially and criminally accountable for their actions,
then freedom can prevail.How many have the financial means to
compensate for the loss of homes and the cost of fighting the fires when their
actions cause these fires.You know, that personal responsibility