Injured Boy's Mom Campaigns Against P...

Injured Boy's Mom Campaigns Against Paint Guns

There are 384 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jul 7, 2008, titled Injured Boy's Mom Campaigns Against Paint Guns. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Chrestein Smith leaned his head back and held his right eye open with two fingers, bracing himself for his series of eye drops.

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Since: May 08

Longmeadow, MA

#1 Jul 7, 2008
You can't outlaw accidents.

United States

#2 Jul 7, 2008
His mother is upset because he got injured while playing paintball with friends-- if she had been concerned before hand, she would not have allowed him to play in the first place.

Sounds like someone is using the ol' 20/20 hindsight.

You hand a kid a high-powered piece of equipment that shoots out semi-hard balls at an accelerated speed and expect no one is going to get hurt? LMAO
If you play with fire and get burned, who's fault is it?
the Badger

United States

#3 Jul 7, 2008
This is BOGUS! The mom is over reacting. I have read stories where kids have been killed while playing baseball. This was a flat out accident and not the fault of the gun.
I Am A Bar Card

United States

#4 Jul 7, 2008
Here we go ...... More stupid laws.

East Hampton, CT

#5 Jul 7, 2008
It's tiresome when parents would rather legislate behavior for the rest of the world, instead of taking responsibility for PARENTING their children. This mom screwed up and now she wants to say what everyone else can and can't do.

Teens should not be playing paintball - period. Laser tag would have been a better choice for 14/15 year olds. Adults playing it in a safe manner, with rules, are at least accepting responsibility for their injuries if something goes wrong.

Accidents happen. Exactly how would "registering" the paint ball gun that fired the ball into the kid's eye have changed anything?

Dayville, CT

#6 Jul 7, 2008
come on people...I guess we also should ban football, baseball, soccer, and just about every other sport that are children play, There are more injuries with those games than paintball. how about u play in a responsible setting, such as a regulated field, not some backyard deal with no supervision.

South Willington, CT

#7 Jul 7, 2008
I feel bad for this mother....her child was too young I guess to read the warning that says where eye protection, and oh yeah to bad about the eye too
Janies Last IOU

Peabody, MA

#8 Jul 7, 2008
It's a CO2 powered projectile weapon, like a BB gun ... does she want to outlaw those as well?

Why didn't she - as a responsible parent - ensure that her precious child was wearing the appropriate protective gear, including goggles or a mask???

Just remember: "you'll shoot your eye out."
South of Heaven

Plainville, CT

#9 Jul 7, 2008
How long before she sues someone?
Are you kidding me


#10 Jul 7, 2008
Here's the reality. Paintball guns are dangerous and should be respected as such. My daughter has judged at a paintball field for years and actively enjoys the sport. I myself played - at 48 - on Saturday. There is no question that the guns can seriously injure someone which is why field play is closely monitored by trained officials. We've had paintball guns in our home for 20 years and there hasn't been one incident simply because my kids were never allowed to touch them unless they were toting them in the box to their father's car for the paintball field. They have never "played" anywhere other than a staffed field and have never attempted to shoot friends, show off or otherwise play with the guns - bear in mind this is a family of trained judges so it would have been easy to say they were "supervised" off the field. Parents who think it's a brilliant idea to allow a bunch of young teens to play on their property (even with "supervision") are irresponsible. You wouldn't invite a bunch of teens over to shoot BBguns or shoot off M80's, why would you allow them to engage in horseplay with a weapon that can shoot a projectile 300 feet a second and think you have it under control? An outright ban is unlikely and unnecessary. No you can't legislate common sense, but I would suggest arrests for anyone who shoots a paintball gun outside of a professional playing field. But more importantly, how about not letting your kid go to parties where they're allowed to engage in dangerous activities that should be monitored by experienced professionals?

United States

#11 Jul 7, 2008
Paintball does not need to banned. The parents should have acted like parents and required the kid to wear eye protection. To not do so is like having a kid that can't swim in a pool with no life jacket. The mother should be advocating safety issues and requiring parents to carefully READ warnings. Thank goodness the boy will be OK despite the mother being lax in allowing the kid not to wear protective eye gear.
Left CT

Morganton, NC

#12 Jul 7, 2008
The fault in this youngster's injury is the person who shot the paintball that him him in the face during a break. The paintball gun is an inanimate object. Just like any device that projects an object, it takes an action by a someone for the projectile to become airborn. You can't legislate common sense. This is another example of people trying to limit all risk in life. This is one step above banning "tag" and "dodgeball" in schools. Let the lawsuits begin .....
Paramedic Paintballer

United States

#14 Jul 7, 2008
Do not BAN paintball guns because you failed to monitor your child and not insist he where the protective equipment that he should have been wearing! It says it straight out on the box for the gun, the directions of the gun, the box for the paintballs...FACE MASK at all times for safety.
Next, we should ban Bicycles cause kids fall off them and the parents refuse to have them wear their helmets, as the law states for a child 12 and under is required.
I am a Paramedic and I see more injuries on kids that are unnecessary and it is 8 times out of 10 the parents fault for NOT enforcing safety rules for their kids.
Everything a kid and even an adult comes in contact with has risks. Don't punish the entire state for your failure to follow the warnings and failure to enforce safety on a child that is enjoying his fun.
Mr Common Sense

United States

#15 Jul 7, 2008
The article cleary states this boy violated the safety rules of paint guns. He took his mask off. I was at a paint gun range, and we were clearly told that the masks do not come off until every gun is on the ground out of someone's hand. It is an unfortunate situation, but if banned an item every time an accident happened we would be living on planet Nerf in the country of Bubble Wrap. Again, I am sorry this happened to her son, but there is no reason to ban these.
Jo DeRail

Bayonne, NJ

#16 Jul 7, 2008
The second amendment guarantees my right to own a paint ball gun. I also just happen to be a republican.

Hartford, CT

#18 Jul 7, 2008
Let's just outlaw bad parenting. That would solve many problems including this one..

Avon, CT

#19 Jul 7, 2008
Its George Bush's fault.

Its always someone else's fault, how bout taking some personal responsibility, do you really think if these were registered, the outcome would have been any different? The article says the boy took off his protection, it was an accident plain and simple, save your energy for something worthwhile...

Maybe we should ban cars since some people got killed over the weekend...

Yorktown Heights, NY

#20 Jul 7, 2008
Where were the supervising adults? Why was the child not wearing eye protection. When you shot ANYTHING, safety glasses are a must. Not to push blame one way or another, but preventative measures could have easily been taken to spare this child from what he has gone through.
Konnecticut_Bett er_Yet

Brewster, NY

#21 Jul 7, 2008
While I'm sorry the kid got hurt, don't waste your time opining about more regulations.

Every time some individual or small group organizes and campaigns like this mother, more nanny laws are shoved down our throats, regardless if the majority wants them or not.

Watch--they'll write legislation based on hunting laws--16 to hunt (play paint ball) with an adult, 18 to buy them and hunt (play) without adult supervision. After that's in place, they'll start working on a big bad Ban on them.

East Hampton, CT

#22 Jul 7, 2008
Justice wrote:
Paint balls also harm the environment when used in forested areas like Nature Trails. If children and young adults cannot use them properly and cause environmental damage as well as injury they should be banned or at least limited to clubs with their own fields.
At some point we have to start doing things as citizens and legislators that make sense without the heavy opposition from an industry that doesn't really care about anything but profit.
Heavy opposition from the industry? Look at the other comments here. They don't look like "the industry." They look like people tired of a law being made every time a kid doesn't follow the rules and gets hurt. You can't stop accidents.

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