Apparently the population of stupid children and even dumber parents has grown so large in North Carolina it is now necessary to ban the retail sale of novelty cigarette lighters.
EVERY novelty cigarette lighter that resembles a cartoon character,toy,gun,watch, musical instrument, vehicle, animal, food or beverage, or SIMILAR articles( Heaven only knows what THAT means!) is banned for retail sale.
So that clever .50 Caliber Cartridge you keep on your desk to light cigars? Gone baby, gone.
Thankfully, possession of these implements of mass destruction has yet to fall under the Bolshevik Eye Of Mordor so for a little while your Grandfather’s plastic hand grenade lighter is still safe to keep on the coffee table. (At least until the SWAT team raids the wrong address (yours) and shoots the dogs)
HOW did the human race survive long enough to reach this pinnacle of legislative stupidity?
Will somebody please make it STOPPPPP!
October 1: Check Out The New Laws Chelsi Zash Created: 9/29/2009 1:07:33 PM
— prohibit the sale of foreign-made novelty lighters that are attractive to children because they can be shaped like cell phones, cartoon characters and toy rifles.
Tantalizing Excerpt of Commentary:
October 01, 2009
The Artful Strategist
Big Brother’s Latest Fear: Flick Of A Fancy Lighter
By Laurence D. Cohen
Our nation’s constitutional ground rules lovingly vow that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Ah, “the people.” Aren’t they cute? They just sit there, sort of like puppies waiting for a meal.
Once the federal government and the state government are done micromanaging almost every aspect of their lives (want to buy wine on Sunday, in Connecticut, in a grocery store? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha), “the people” are then free to pursue mildly regulated happiness, within reason, unless it really makes them happy.