How come this is a question I don't hear asked? And don't get me wrong, my argument is not the one that the illegal alien apologists make: that this law is routinely ignored so we should just do away with it. (NOTE: Despite the fact that our president, many in congress, our governor, Portland's mayor and the state police seem to think it's ok to pick and choose what laws we follow I do obey all Oregon firework laws and do not purchase or use illegal fireworks.)
But when I heard that the Portland police were going to spend their fourth of July doing "Operation lower the boom" I did see some irony here. (New Portland police motto: We may have disbanded the Auto Theft Task Force but don't worry, we'll get those fireworks)
It's a given that anyone who violates the law should be punished. But can we please re-visit the issue of what fireworks should be allowed in Oregon? Why is Washington able to light off all kinds of goodies that in Oregon are a big no-no?
Is the general population of Oregon really opposed to having fireworks that explode in the air or is this another example of "government knows best" simply telling us what to do? (Note: I'm not positive but I think that when I drive to work today I'm going to need to be in an adult sized car-seat, thanks Kulongoski.)