I think the drinking and boating would be almost impossible to realistically deal with unless you had an armada of enforcement. Typical weekend at Hart/ Miller, the drinking boaters outnumber the non-drinking. Thats likely true everywhere pleasure boaters congregate.
I've never found resorts to argumentum ad populum to be particularly persuasive. I have the feeling that there are a number of constitutional rights that would lose out if they were put to popular vote but that doesn't mean it's the best result or the most sensible policy.
But, just wondering if one were to be stopped, what does the law say?
The scariest moment for me (on the water) was a few years ago we headed out on the Severn to watch the 4th of July fireworks. We anchored off of Annapolis around 3pm. Slowly, the surrounding area filled up with boaters. The drinking on everyone's boat continued until the fireworks started around 9:30pm. By then, I can only assume everyone around me was tanked....which was fine....that is, until the fireworks were over, and everyone started their engines to head home. I am very surprised there are not more (serious) accidents after such events.
We had a guy at our marina come home late, after a full day of drinking, and was knocked out while getting off the boat. Hit his head on a supporting beam near his slip. By the time paramedics and divers got there, he was dead. Very tragic, but predictable.
The masses are asses?
A lady I work with, believes "assault rifle" means machine gun. "can't they just shoot, like, 100 bullets a second ?"
She obviously supports a ban. And I think she represents a lot of people.
Drinking while boating in Maryland is refered to as "BUI" and the legal limit is the same as with driving a car, .08.
It's illegal in all 50 states.
" The most recent statistics from 2009 showed alcohol use was a contributing factor in 16 percent of boating fatalities nationwide. In Maryland during 2010, alcohol and illegal drug use were a contributing factor in eight percent of the 219 reportable boating accidents. Also, NRP placed 169 alcohol-related charges against boaters in 2010. The maximum penalty for operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail for the first offense."
Americans Buy Enough Guns in Last Two Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Armies
The Obama Administration is the number one threat to the nation’s gun rights advocates. In the four years since Barack Obama was first elected president in November 2008, an estimated 67 million firearms have been purchased in the United States. In November a record 2 million guns were sold in America. This was followed up by another record in December. 2.7 million guns were sold in America in the last month of 2012.
This is a lot more serious, but I think the dynamic is the same.
I guess we are now able to repel the Chinese Army if they decide to invade, so theres at least some real benefit to all this talk about banning guns...
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