Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Packed up and Went home (Laser pointers)
Re: Packed up and Went home (Laser pointers)
Fri, 26 Feb 1999 07:09:20 -0500
At 01:53 PM 2/25/99 -0600, you wrote:
>On 2/22 Steve Hoar wrote:
><<Other than being highly aggravating, there has yet to be a proven
>incident of damage being caused by these pointers.>>
>Actually there was an article in our paper about a local boy who
>sustained permanent eye damage from exposure to a laser pointer at (I
>think) school. I can't remember the exact details but I'm sure you
>could research it at their web site http://www.kcstar.com
So far in the whole discussion about the pointers we have been dealing
with anecdotal second and third hand evidence of the physical
threat of laser pointers.
Even the cited news story was without names and dates. I search the
web for hard medical stories of the threat and find none. Remember,
we are not talking about military, industrial, or medical lasers.
The main argument against them is that they are a nuisance...on that
But, even in scouting we do not and cannot create a danger proof
environment. I would contend that every year many more scouts
are permanently damaged by campfires that every will be allegedly
harmed by laser pointers. In my life I taken many a cinder,
some hot, out of scouts eyes. This is not to mention all the
other various burns. This is not to mention many a cut that
comes from cutting firewood.
Want to take some danger out of scouting? Stop playing capture
the flag at night in the woods! I've heard the thud of many a scout
being attacked by vicious trees in the night. Many more than were
ever hurt by laser pointers.
Why don't folks like the pointers? They are a distraction and
How do we handle the pointers? They are forbidden.
We also forbid our boys to take
radios, tape players, CD players, or any other electronic
entertainment devices on campouts for the same reason. They
are nuisances and distractions.