November 3, 2008

NOH Paintballs

Update on the paintballers from Broken Heart

Saturday morning this young lady on a bicycle seemed overjoyed to find this intact paintball on Howard Street. One would have thought she’d picked up the winning lottery ticket. However, I can possibly attribute it to innocence. She didn’t know the guns were illegal and these little balls could cause injury if they hit an eye or a temple with enough force.

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Either she didn’t tell her friends or perhaps they just don’t care.

6 comments:

Laura Louzader said...

We make and/or buy a lot of useless and potentially harmful things for our kids here in this country, and paintballs are among the things that make you wonder just where the heads of toymakers are at.

I knew one idiot suburban (white, educated, middle class)woman who gave her teen boys paint guns and balls because they "looked like fun", and ended up having to spend big $$$ for cleanup because her boys splattered every damn garage door in Brookfield.

Is it too un-libertarian of me to think that it should be illegal to use these things in public? I mean, you should be able to exit the el station in business attire without having to worry about your clothes being wrecked by these things. And you really shouldn't have to worry about a head or eye injury!

Personally, I'd be glad to see these things taken off the shelves of stores, and I wish businesses would volunteer to do that.

Toni said...

> Is it too un-libertarian of me to think that it should be illegal to use these things in public?

Who knows! Spitting on the sidewalk used to be on the books. A few years ago the police busted a kid for spitting, mom started yelling, the ACLU came barrelling in, and now it's OK to spit.

I see spitters downtown in 3 piece suits, spitters in the hood at the dice games, so common sense and civilized behavior seem to have vanished.

Maybe we can have spitting and paintball events in the 2016 Olymics...a new addition for Chicago.

Patchwork said...

Toni, I get your meaning, but I think we shouldn't compare spitting on the sidewalk with the intentional targeting of people with the intent to hurt them. Paintball guns shoot with at least the equivalent force of pellet or bb guns. People who play paintball competitively dress in protective gear from head to toe, because paintballs at the very least hurt. They almost always leave bruising and broken blood vessels, and are more than capable of taking out someone's eye. If these attacks continue, that WILL happen.

Toni said...

I hear you Patchwork...

From 2006 post

The North Coast said...

Don't get me started on the spitting. I see otherwise-respectable men do it and it sickens me.

But at least I won't get blinded by it, or get my clothes destroyed. We can't proscribe every uncivil behavior people engage in, and we shouldn't try. Spitting is one of those things you shouldn't do, while paintball shooting qualifies as destruction.

But we can surely regulate activities that are verifiably harmful to the human body and destructive of property, like paintballs. If we can prohibit fireworks, we can prohibit these things, and maybe we should do that, before they get to be fad around here.

Bosworth said...

the north coast says....'If we can prohibit fireworks, we can prohibit these things, and maybe we should do that, before they get to be fad around here.'

Fireworks are frequent North of Howard 12 months a year. It would be nice if the law against fireworks was enforced, but it's not. Unfortunately I don't have any confidence that a law prohibiting paint ball guns would be enforced either.