11 Things That Were Banned In The United States Before Guns

11 Things That Were Banned In The United States Before Guns

The fight for common sense guns laws is still going strong.


We have all the data we need to tell us that stricter gun laws save lives. There are countries that have outlawed all personal firearms and have has zero mass shootings since. So, what is wrong with America? It seems like we can outlaw everything including a ham sandwich but we can't do anything about guns.

1. Bow and arrows.

Now, rarely, if at all, do I ever see anyone walking with a bow and arrow, but seeing how most states allow hunting 7 days a week and archery is a known sport popular in many areas, I wouldn't find it too odd to see someone with it. So it's a bit of a head scratcher to know that in Nome, Alaska is it illegal to carry a bow and arrow, when generally speaking bow and arrow hunting is permitted in the rest of the state.

2. Wearing masks.

While it might be odd to see people randomly walking around in masks, it's even odder to know that it's actually illegal in some places. In Walnut City, California, you can be fined or jailed for coving your face with a mask---even on Halloween.

3. Throwing snowballs.

In Aspen, Colorado, snowballs are literally considered to be a form of a "missile." The law provides that it is "unlawful for any person to throw any stone, snowball, OR OTHER MISSILE.." And don't think this is just one of those weird, outdated laws that someone forgot to erase. They take it seriously!

4. Internet cafes.

In 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 155, which banned all computers and smartphones in cafes. Now, the law was aimed to crackdown on illegal gambling, but it was so badly worded that it actually made internet cafes unlawful. The law is still in effect, so all the college students without wifi will just have to keep crowding themselves into Panera.

5. Sex toys.

It's a good thing Bedroom Kandi is based out of Atlanta, Georgia and not Sandy Springs, Georgia, because in Sandy Springs they like to police what you do with your private parts. An ordinance on the books actually makes it illegal to buy sex toys in Sandy Springs. And although someone is looking to get the law overturned, it's currently being enforced.

6. Second-hand pot smoke.

Both medicinal and recreational marijuana is illegal in most states still, which is ridiculous that in of itself, but in Idaho, you can be fined up to $300 or spend up to 90 days in jail just for being in the same house where marijuana is being used.

7. Getting married.

Again with policing private parts, in the state of Nebraska, it's illegal to get married if you have an STD. Now, I'm sure the law's purpose was to "protect?" But it's also disgustingly invasive and outright weird.

8. Sharing your Netflix password.

The jail simply isn't big enough! Of all the Netflix and Hulu passwords I've had, none have been my own, and that's the God's honest truth. In Tennessee, it is illegal to share your password for any paid subscription or streaming service.

According to Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam, the law is mainly targeted at hackers who steal and then sell log-in information. However, the law also makes it a crime for anybody to share their log-in information and allow access to media downloads for free. If you live in Tennessee, this could mean a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

9. Being gay.

It's not a complete shock that in 2019, millions of Americans are still homophobic af, but you'd at least think our laws would protect the LQBTQA community rather than make their lives hard. Nope!

In Texas, the law prohibits "deviate sexual intercourse" between people of the same gender.

10. Collecting rain water.

A handful of state and local governments prohibit the collection of rainwater, even in a pond, as one Oregon man who was sentenced to 90 days in jail for, knows. Apparently, the government owns the rain, so if you're thinking of ways to protect the environment by collecting and purifying your own water (like many in other "shithole" countries do), think again! You need a permit for that.

11. Lemonade stands.

I'm sure we have all seen stories on the news about kids having their little lemonade stands shut down, or Permit Patty's threating to call the police on terrified little back kids, well, it's true, lemonade stands aren't immune to government over-regulation. You also need a permit for that! And some places even require an entire kitchen.

You know what isn't illegal or over-regulated? Guns! Go figure.

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When A 19-Year-Old's Right To Bear Arms Trumps 17 Others' Right To Be Alive

Guns do kill people, and it just happened again.

I remember the first mass shooting I was rocked by. Sandy Hook. December 14, 2012. It was the first one I followed on the news, it was the first one that made me cry, it was the first one I truly remembered. I posted about it beyond the day it happened, in fact, I posted about it 2 months later. I know this because this was on my TimeHop this morning. And this post was made 5 years exactly before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting today, February 14, 2018.

I haven't felt the necessity to post about any shootings beyond the day it happened since. Maybe it is because I've become hardened by the reality of the world, or maybe it is because these days if you post about a mass shooting 2 months after it happened, a couple more mass shootings have taken place between then. You don't have time to grieve, you don't have time to get more than a "we need to do better" tweet out before you need to draft your next one.

I have to ask, though. Why does a 19-year-old have access to an assault rifle? How does a person who isn't legally allowed to drink a beer able to own AR-15? Beyond destroying the lives of 17 families and shaking an entire town to their core on a day dedicated to love, what possible purpose does it serve? Why was he allowed to do this?

Stephen Paddock killed 58 people with an assault rifle in Las Vegas.

But guns don't kill people, right?

Omar Mateen killed 49 people with an assault rifle in Orlando.

People kill people, right?

James Holmes killed 12 people with an assault rifle in a Colorado movie theater.

But a good guy with a gun is what stops a bad guy with a gun!

Adam Lanza killed 28 children and teachers with an assault rifle in Sandy Hook.

But the 2nd amendment! (Which was written in 1791 when you could shoot approximately 3 rounds per minute)

Why are we still arguing? For the love of God! That right there is 147 people dead at the hands of assault rifles! I love my freedom of speech. I love my freedom to vote. I love my freedom to peacefully protest. But if those constitutional rights killed 147 people I would be happy to sit down and talk about it, make a plan and figure out how to make sure that never happened again.

(Oh, and 147 is just the number from those 4 mass shootings, ranging from 2012-2018. There have been 18 shootings in 2018 alone, so we can safely say that number is astronomically higher.)

Guns do kill people. I mean, yeah, you're right, if you lay a gun on the table and ask it to shoot someone, it won't.

Instead, a 19-year-old will just grab it and use it to murder 17 people at his high school.

But yeah, great point about the whole gun-lying-on-the-table thing.

If we had learned and made changes from the hundreds of shootings before him, those 17 kids would be going home to their families today. I understand that the bad guy is the reason this happened, but if the bad guy didn't have access to an assault rifle, those 17 kids would be going home to their families today.

So what's it going to be?

Is your constitutional right worth the death of 17 more people?

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My Sorority Sister Survived The Stoneman Douglas School Shooting And Now I'm Terrified To Bring Kids Into This World

How can I one day bring children into a world where I can't be sure I can keep them safe?


Not a day goes by where I don't think about the reality that we live in a mass murder society.

There's no way to sugar coat it. I can't do any of the things I normally do in my day-to-day life without, somewhere in the back of my mind, fear creeping in.

I go to work and I panic. Where would I hide if a gunman opened fire in my workplace?

It happened in Annapolis, Maryland, not far from where I grew up. I go to yoga class and I panic. Am I safe with all of these strangers in such a tight space?

The innocent people taking a yoga class in Tallahassee weren't. I go out for a night with my friends and I panic. What would I do if a gunman entered the bar?

It happened at a California country music bar.

It happened at Pulse, in the same city where I live.

I go to class and I panic. If a gunman walked into my small classroom with one door and no windows, I would surely die. It happened at Sandy Hook.

It happened in Parkland, both of my parent's backyards, many of my peer's hometowns, and even my little's current school at the time. While I have ties to many of the recent shootings, something about Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School particularly hit home for me.

My good friends have lost friends, family, even mentors, and experienced tragedy, unlike anything I could possibly comprehend. I'm lucky to not have been directly affected by any shooting, but indirectly, it has changed everything.

How can I one day bring children into a world where I can't be sure I can keep them safe?

No parent wants to bear the responsibility of dealing with the death of a child. Especially, a parent who thinks they are doing the right thing by sending their child to school. The conversation regarding school shootings mainly seems like a back and forth argument between the pro-gun and anti-gun people.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't we prioritize the safety of our people over a petty battle between the respective groups? Don't we all want positive change to come for future generations so they don't have to live a life of fear? Sure, guns might be part of the problem, but there's a lot more to it.

Guns have been around for centuries. This violent culture has not.

Even so, your right to bear arms is outdated; James Madison didn't have gun violence in mind when he wrote the second amendment in 1791, hunny. We have some big problems on our hands, and riding in circles on the gun law merry-go-round isn't going to fix them.

News flash: Healthy people don't murder.

The problem is more than guns. It's not every day that normal, healthy people decide to kill. The people who commit these heinous crimes have deep-rooted issues stemming from their mental health. Mental health needs to continue to be addressed in schools, at home, and in society in general.

Even more than that, we need to foster a more loving and caring society. Schools should be educating students about their own mental health, and understanding each other's differences. Many of these shootings, like at Pulse and the Synagogue, might have been able to be prevented with a little less ignorance and a little more humility.

With the anniversary of Douglass approaching, many of the same emotions I felt on that day and days after are resurfacing.

When I shared some of these feelings with my little, knowing she was at Stoneman Douglass High School on the day the shooting occurred, she was willing to share some of her own experiences with me.

While it is not my story to tell, it has helped me better understand the reality that is gun violence, in schools, at work, at a yoga studio, or even at a bar. Gun violence does not discriminate; it can happen anytime and anywhere to anyone.

I am sad for our generation. I want my future children to be able to live a carefree life as I did when I was younger. I want them to go to school and learn, and play on the playground without fear. I don't want them to be in a constant state of danger. Even worse, I don't want them to experience anything as my little did.

Seventeen of her peers were brutally taken from her as she crouched between rows of chairs in the school's auditorium, including her friend and her coach. How can a seventeen-year-old girl recover from that?

Luckily, my little is the strongest person I know.

Despite everything, she remains an incredible person. Somehow, unbeknown to me, she still has such a positive outlook on life. She has been through so much hardship, and still, is able to take all the hate and turn it into love. She even attended the march in D.C. last year by herself, because that was an opportunity she was given, and she didn't hesitate to take advantage of the chance to take a stand for something important. I could not be more proud of everything she is and everything she's become since that day.

I know it isn't easy, and she will never be able to move on, but she honors the loss from that day with a beautiful piece of art forever marked on her body.

On her forearm is the wing of an angel, with the date 2/14/18, and the number seventeen for remembrance of the victims on that day. She inspires me to be the best version of myself, and speak up about things that I believe in. I encourage you to also promote issues that are meaningful to you.

Gun violence and school safety are two issues that have impacted my life in many ways. I will always support a safer and healthier tomorrow.

And while I'm sad for our present, I'm very hopeful about our future.

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