Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Packed up and Went home (Laser pointers)
Re: Packed up and Went home (Laser pointers)
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 02:54:51 -0500
Peter Farnham wrote:
> Jim and all,
> At the risk of my displaying even more ilgnorance than is usual in many
> of my posts, can someone clue me in on the dangers of laser pointers?
> I've not had this problem in my troop up to now, and would like to know
> what to say if it comes up. LWhy would I want to confiscate one? I'm
> not being argu;mentative--I really want to know!
> Peter Farnham (and a good old Beaver, Too)
> SM, Troop 113
> Colonial District, NCAC
> Alexandria, VA
There is a potential risk of eye damage if one is pointed directly at
your eye. There is a great risk of accidential death from gunfire if
you should run the beam across a police officer. I know if I were an
officer and some laser dot appeared on my chest, I would tend to take
direct evasive action and might be tempted to return fire. The risk in
some places would be too great not to do so. It might not be right but
it's a fact of life. You have no real way of knowing it's not a laser
target sight. Sort of like the pilots over Iraq - when the radar paints
your aircraft, you take out the radar.
Obviously, with kids the probable dnager is only to eyes but, from a
risk mamagement standpoint, can you afford it?
James Taylor Red Fox SE-308
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"A good man dies when a boy goes wrong."