To The Daily Sun,
More "silly" arguments to legalize personal fireworks: John T. O'Brien wrote in his "anti-fireworks" letter to the editor in the Feb. 28 edition of the Daily Sun as his "grand finale".
But the big one was if fireworks are legal in New Hampshire, why should their use be limited?
"The answer is simple and easy. Guns are sold but it's against the law to go around shooting them off. Cars are sold but there are many laws to protect others. Pools are sold but there are laws to install fences, and finally matches are sold but you need a fire permit."
To me these sound like reasons why Gilford should be allowed the same freedom to use fireworks that are already legal in most of New Hampshire.
It sounds like guns, cars, pools, and matches are sold to people who are expected to use them in a responsible manner.
Guns are not to shoot people, cars are not to be driven when the driver is irresponsible, impaired or under age. Fireworks should not be used by anyone who is irresponsible, impaired or under age either.
With Mr. O'Brien's logic, guns should not be sold to hunters because some idiot shot a person (he should be punished). No cars should be sold to anyone in Gilford because some people drive impaired (they should be punished). And the person who has a pool with no fence where a child drowns (the pool owner should be punished). Don't ban guns, cars, or pools.
I guess my point is that the people who use fireworks irresponsibly should be punished. Do not eliminate the joy of most when trying to punish the "irresponsible".
If you outlaw everything that some knucklehead can find a way to hurt himself and others with or irritate others with, I really don't think any of us will have much left to enjoy.
Add booze to cars, motorcycles, boats, hunting, fishing, skateboarding, skiing, hiking, camping out and there is a strong possibility of problems. (Nothing against booze if used responsibly.)
Please vote "no" to "O'Brien's Law," Warrant Article 26. Let everyone who is responsible enjoy fireworks and arrest the others.
Harry H. Bean
Budget Committee Candidate
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