Celebratory Gunfire: Not the Bang We Need This Fourth of July

July 3, 2024
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Celebratory Gunfire: Not the Bang We Need This Fourth of July

As we prepare for Fourth of July celebrations, it’s time for a friendly reminder: the laws of physics are not going to be on vacation on July 4th. That means, if you fire a gun into the air, the bullet will be returning to Earth.

For those unfamiliar with this baffling tradition, celebratory gunfire is when someone shoots a loaded gun into the air to celebrate. This practice is particularly popular in two regions: the Middle East and — you guessed it — the American South. It involves a firearm and a troubling misunderstanding of gravity.

In case you skipped that day in school, here’s a quick refresher: what goes up must come down. A bullet fired into the air will return with potentially deadly consequences. Isaac Newton figured this out a few centuries ago, so this shouldn’t be breaking news.

Police Crackdown on Reckless Celebrations

Law enforcement across Georgia is urging residents to steer clear of this dangerous practice. It’s not just a bad idea—it’s illegal. Georgia law prohibits reckless discharge of firearms and shooting within 50 yards of public streets or highways.

Despite popular myths, bullets fired into the air don’t just vanish. They come back down, and they come down hard.

This Fourth of July, police will be on high alert for reckless behavior involving firearms, fireworks, and impaired driving. Their message is simple: celebrate responsibly and stay within the law.

As we gear up to celebrate Independence Day, let’s stick to fireworks for our aerial displays. Keep the guns locked up and enjoy a safe, happy holiday. This way, we can all enjoy the festivities without any unexpected and tragic fireworks.

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