Well, living is not illegal. In many places fireworks are illegal.
No kidding, and that's something I find pretty weird about America. In America there are way too many frivolous laws that try to protect people from insignificant threats.
The number of people killed by fireworks is roughly comparable to the number killed by dogs. And both are less than the number of people killed by lightning. In 2006 11 people died from fireworks[1
] in the US , in 2008 23 people died from dog attacks[2
], there are between around 60[3
] to 73[4
] deaths from lightning each year.
Why is this the kind of nation that will seriously consider banning water guns before real guns? There is something wrong here, America is weird. America ignores systemic threats to their health and safety and focuses on the less-than-lightning scenarios. I suppose it's human nature to focus on exotic dangers more than mundane realistic ones but there's something special about America that lets this kind of irrational concern manifest itself in law more often.
I'm all for trying to increase safety and fireworks certainly can be dangerous but why is there so much focus on insignificant threats? We let teenagers drive motorcycles but worry about fireworks?
Even if one can handle fireworks safely, they intrude on one's peaceful existence.
So can dogs. Ban dogs! Might as well ban people too, they are often noisy.