Every year thousands of New Yorkers make the long haul to states such as Pennsylvania to buy fireworks for the fourth of July and other events. While a handful are caught, the vast majority seem to succeed. So what’s the purpose of this? Why not make them legal in New York State? God knows we tax everything else around here, why wouldn’t they want to get their hands on those as well?
Well, they’ve got all sorts of reasons, and I’m here to take a stand against each and every one of them. Let’s start with the most obvious…
1.) The Danger Aspect.
Yes. Fireworks can be dangerous when used incorrectly by people who have no business using them. I propose a permit for fireworks (a permit for the common people, that is). Make the fireworks legal, but difficult to get. A person should have to go through a series of tests, psychological and otherwise, before getting such a permit. Plus, as I had mentioned before, New York would love to tax us for these as well as the fireworks themselves. But wait! What about people who say…
2.)Fireworks should not be used in the city!
I agree! They shouldn’t! Make such a permit off-limits to those in areas that cannot provide a safe place for them. Simple, no? Why make fireworks illegal for everyone because a bunch of us live in the city? That’s nonsense. Anyone who knows anything about New York knows that the vast majority of is not a city-scape territory.
3.)Fireworks can get into the wrong hands.
Yes, they certainly can. So can guns, knives, poison, spray cans and other inhalants, matches, lighters, cigarettes, and flammable fuels. Notice anything funny about that list? Those things are all legal. We should not have to rely on the government to protect ourselves from doing something dangerous. With any power comes responsibility. If you cannot keep fireworks out of the hands of people who should not be using them, don’t buy or use them.
So I’ve covered the negative, but what about the positive end of the legalization of fireworks?
1.)Stopping giving all that great business to Pennsylvania!
New York could really use that money! And…that’s all I have to say about that…
2.) The police can focus on much more important things.
This past Fourth of July, I heard a wonderfully silly story on the radio. It had turned out that by order of the state, the police would have to form a special division for the three weeks prior to the 4th in order to catch people bringing back fireworks from over the border.
Yeah, that’s right – I can’t imagine how that went.
“Hey guys, I need to pull you from your posts, ya know, saving lives, stopping thieves and drug dealers…well I’ve got something far more important…fireworks!”
Seriously? We’ve got so many worse things to concern ourselves with!
I actually feel bad for the policemen and policewomen involved. I have so much respect for them, and to have to be put on such a drag of a post for three weeks, it’s just another sacrifice they make for all of us, I suppose.
Well, in a nutshell, this is what I believe. It is my hope that in the future, New York will leave this law behind.