Ringing in the New Year with Celebratory Gunfire! — Really?!?
Has celebratory gunfire really become a holiday ritual in the U.S.? I have never witnessed it—or heard it. Some of my neighbors do go out onto their lawns and set off firecrackers or bang pots and pans. I have never counted myself lucky to have such neighbors, but I guess that I do now.
As if the dangers are not obvious, the following article from The Trace warns against the unintended consequences of celebratory gunfire:
Today, we’re updating one of the first articles we published on The Trace. Written by contributor Patrick Blanchfield, it originally ran over the Fourth of July weekend, and explores the havoc that celebratory gunfire can unintentionally wreak.
New Year’s Eve is another night when some Americans cap their festivities by firing guns into the air. And 10-year-old Aaliyah Boyer is one of the casualties of that tradition. In the first minutes of 2013…
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