Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Packed up and Went home
Re: Packed up and Went home
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 13:16:48 -0600
Is it about time we address the problems with using laser pointers instead
of addressing the ponters themselves?
Too much of the time, we (the American Public) tend to concern ourselves
with an object instead of educating everyone in the use of the object and
the effects. Laser pointers are the latest items in this scenario. I
keep seeing complaints about the use, and statements like, "let's take
them away", "let's pass a law against them", and on and on. Would it make
more sense to start educating our members about the proper use and the
safety? Somehow, we managed to do this with certain weapons like rifles
and the bow and arrow. They are much more dangerous than a pointer, but
we have managed to control their use. Yes, misuse must result in
confiscation, but at least users are educated on safety. When is the last
time we held an information session on lasers? Why not devote a meeting
to the subject! Then, if the users get out of hand with lasers,
everyone will understand. I would guess that the boys in the troop which
packed up and went home would have had a different attitude had they known
they themselves were at risk.
I am not supporting the continued use of lasers as a toy, but I think
education will help everyone understand, and hopefully cut down on the
misuse. I, too, was irritated at the 96 NOAC when the red dots continued
to appear on the screen at the shows. I was happy to see more agressive
control of this situation at the 98 NOAC. I would guess that those
responsible for the annoying dots at NOAC probably would have done
something equally annoying if they did not have the lasers. It is more a
people problem than an object problem.
It is a shame that we tend to legislate against an item instead of
training people in respect.