We can’t give up freedom for safety

I read with interest the article in the May 7 edition about Glenda Lynch, whose son was killed by a firework (“Ban on fireworks gets personal”).

I empathize very much with Mrs. Lynch and the loss of her son. I can never understand the pain that occurs when one loses a child. I do know that it would devastate me. However, as is usual in highly emotional situations such as this, she is now aiming for a statewide ban on fireworks. In my opinion this is just plain wrong. It is the same argument as the gun control people use. Once again, the few want to remove the rights of the majority who use fireworks (and firearms) in a fun and responsible manner.

People like Mrs. Lynch and Marysville City Council member NormaJean Dierck think that the government can and should protect us from ourselves. It is simply not going to happen. The government can’t do it, and I, for one, am not willing to give up yet another personal freedom in the name of safety.


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