PAINTBALL BAN IN UTAH!! READ THIS!!
Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:13 AM
Anyone live in that area? You may want to attend the council meeting on June 17th.
Police say they've had more than 15 complaints in the last year and a half about fake weapons that were mistakenly thought to be real.
How much of an 'inconvenience' is 15 calls over 18 months?
Perhaps the city council needs to be reminded of these words by one of our founding fathers who knew too well the slippery slope towards fascism in the name of security.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
Thomas Jefferson Letter to Archibald Stuart (1791)
This is one of those times we need to show our support of this sport and educate the masses.
Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:18 AM
all it takes is for one city to pass a law and to make precident for all the rest to come follow along.
I cant say im suprised with all the hate toward paintball, they are building city owned and maintained skateparks and banning paintball... nice.
Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:24 AM
It looks like similar banns where enacted in other cities, what is it like in those? Salt lake? thats a pretty big city yet they dont sen to complain.
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This post has been edited by 3rd Recon: 05 June 2008 - 10:27 AM
Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:28 AM
Does anyone know how many of those 15 complaints actually had to do with paintball?
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:33 AM
Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:37 AM
are other contrys banning paint ball? or is just the US?
Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:44 AM
Lets all go on a witch-hunt! (Witch-hunt = paintball, airsoft and guns in general -- OR anything else that politicians think might get them elected again.. so that they can do NOTHING again) Anyone who looks like a witch we shall burn at the stake! It will make the people of this great city feel better. Plus, we want to draw the cities attention away from our growing debt, gas prices, job loss and slumping economy. It will be a cause for them to rally against and will bring the community together. (aka election time is rolling around again)
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This post has been edited by mrwaffles: 05 June 2008 - 01:54 PM
Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:03 AM
Obviously, some people with paintball markers don't exercise very good judgment, and since their actions are misunderstood, this community believes banning paintball markers is the solution. Baseball bats, tire irons, hammers, machetes, screwdrivers, and knives are similarly misunderstood objects. If we're going to subscribe to this logic, then I have seen more than a few police officers applying what is misundertood by onlookers as excessive use of force to make arrests. To protect us from this misunderstanding in future nationally televised arrests, I propose we draft a bill requiring police be armed with pillows and harsh language...then we can once again sleep in our homes at night with our doors unlocked. Utah is surely on the path to righteousness and utopia.
This post has been edited by Warpaint: 06 June 2008 - 08:34 PM
Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:30 AM
You know... If a local PB field would sponsor a community-involvement activity centered around paintball, and demonstrate how the sport fosters teamwork, honor, sportsmanship, etc, it could do a lot towards creating positive regard for paintballing. Just like with skateboarding, when a few bad apples caused problems for businesses, they started getting the ban hammer, but some boarders showed the positive impacts that having a worthwhile use of time can have on kids, and bam, there come the skate parks. Give them a place to play and those who are responsible will use it. Sure, some morons wil continue to cause problems, but if you ban one thing, they'll find something else to be stupid with.
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:33 AM
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 12:51 PM
For example (straight from the link):
"The police department recently responded to a 911 call of a man lying in the bushes with a rifle that turned out to be fake. "
There's no sensible reason to be doing something like that in your front yard that I can think of offhand, save posing for a photo, making some sort of movie (be it for school or otherwise), or if somebody is going a bit overboard trying to get that pesky mole that's tearing up the front lawn. Even so, if somebody does live in an area with a relatively high population density, that person should talk to their neighbors and make sure they know what's going to be going/going on. Also, many suburban and urban pockets have laws against brandishing of firearms and any sort of devices designed to fire projectiles that aren't firearms. While I agree that such a ban would be bad news for paintball, as a community, we all have the individual responsibility to represent paintball in the best, most positive way possible. The presence and easy accessibility of cheap pellet guns, paintball markers, and airsoft guns that resemble (to the untrained eye) firearms doesn't make this task any easier but it doesn't serve as an excuse for anybody to not behave responsibly.
Any further information that can be located on the topic would certainly help the rest of us to better understand the circumstances under which all this is happening.
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 01:25 PM
It is PAST the time that we organize and take the responsibility upon ourselves to stand up as responsible people and show others that for every stupid 12 year old that shoots peoples houses and street signs there are 1000 others that don't and play with safety in mind.