Fireworks – Follow Up

I had some gentle push back on my previous post about fireworks.  There was feeling that fireworks are dangerous – and thus in need of regulation.  Okay. Here’s my response. . . . . .
In 2017, there were 8 deaths from fireworks (primarily accidents at the big, massive shows).

In 2017, there were 15,549 homicides relating to firearms.

In 2017, 480,000 people died from smoking-related causes — including 41,000 innocents who died thanks to second-hand smoke.

You tell me — which one of these is heavily-regulated; which is heavily-politicized; and which is heavily-taxed.

Ahhhhh. . . . Now I get it. . . .

One thought on “Fireworks – Follow Up

  1. Stoney

    OK, but two things. First, fireworks tend to be clustered around one day per year. Your stats are over 365 days.
    Second, there are plenty of injuries—eyes, fingers, the phosphorous injury I mentioned— that are serious but not fatal. In fact, fatalities are no doubt but a small proportion of fireworks mishaps annually.
    I am actually not arguing fireworks should be regulated, just pointing out your statistical fallacies. I’m kind of Libertarian about this.
    S.

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