In this day and age, politicians are looking for new laws to make to address that they see as problems in the public sector. Some of these laws are not based very strongly in reality, but become laws nonetheless. If a situation where a kid opens up on a neighbor when they step out of their house, and hits them in the eye, blinding or killing them, and the media gets ahold of it, what do you think could happen? It could get blown way out of proportion, paintballers could be seen as evil, militant people bent on the destruction of the population, and paintball could become illegal. Don't think it can happen? I am also an aquarist. A few years ago, northern snakeheads were discovered in a pond in Crofton, MD. Soon, it was illegal to have any snakeheads in possesion. The media played it up, reporting very erroneous facts, and the government responded. This same thing can very easily happen to paintball.
Next time you think about doing a prank like this, think first. If you injure somebody, you could very well be the person who dooms all the paintballers nationwide to lose their rights to play this wonderfull sport. Don't say, it wont happen this time, or it's all fun, or whatever, just don't do it, or you could have a million people across the country PERTURBED at YOU!
If you ever see people doing this, speak up. Paintball really is a privelage, not a right, and it can be revoked. So please, for the sake of us all, don't do anything stupid.
O.K. Off the soapbox I go.
Edit: I didn't know that (perturbed) was gonna get caught and changed by the filters, my bad. Didn't think it was a curse word actually. LOL!
This post has been edited by thevirginian: 09 February 2009 - 08:37 AM