Friday, October 6, 2017

Here are the things that are banned in the US that aren't guns

oped: Just food for thought about the illogical practice of banning things based on gut wrench reactions rather than examining the product and coming to a logical conclusion!

The scene of Stephen Paddock’s hotel room. It has led to renewed calls for gun control
by: Nick Reilly 

The horrific atrocity is the most deadly shooting in modern US history, and has prompted renewed calls for gun control in a country where it is incredibly easy to purchase firearms.
Pictures, obtained by Boston News 25, have emerged showing the semi-automatic rifles found in his hotel room, as well as spent rounds of ammunition and a hammer.
Under the second amendment of the American Constitution, US citizens are given the right to bear arms – but critics claim that this constitutional right is the precise reason why gun massacres are seemingly so regular in America. 

Donald Trump said in the aftermath of the atrocity that he would talk about gun control at some point – but in a visit to Las Vegas on Wednesday, the US President demured.
His trip to the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was the first time he has had to deal directly with the aftermath of a major shooting rampage of the type that have killed hundreds of people in recent years in the United States. 

Donald Trump is greeted by survivor family members Shelby Stalker and Stephanie Melanson (Reuters)
But, during the visit, Trump deflected a question about whether the United States has a problem with gun violence.
“We’re not going to talk about that today,” he said.
Many have pointed out the seeming inconsistencies in U.S. law as to what products might be deemed dangerous enough to be illegal.
Here are a few items that are banned in the US: 

Kinder Eggs. 

For European kids, Kinder Eggs are a staple of childhood. Chocolate on the outside, a toy on the inside. It’s a simple delight, but one that Americans can’t enjoy after they were banned in 1930.
A spokesperson for US Customs and Border protection previously said: ‘While sold in many countries, this product is banned from the US because young children can choke on it.
‘Working together at the Import Safety Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center, these partner agencies are able to coordinate and streamline federal efforts to address import safety issues, including the illegal importation of Kinder Eggs.’ 

Children’s Books 

Banned, apparently… (Picture: Flickr)
It’s near impossible that a children’s book could ever cause a massacre, but alas they’re banned in the US, kind of. A Federal court ruling forbids the sale of children’s books printed before 1985, due to the possibility of them containing lead.


Don’t take unpasteurised milk across state lines (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
Again, a dairy product that is unlikely to cause countless deaths, but America isn’t taking any chances. Unpasteurised milk can’t be sold between state lines. A further Twenty US states prohibit the sale of raw milk entirely. You can’t be too careful, can you? 

A favoured delicacy of the Scottish, but you won’t find it over the pond. It’s illegal to important haggis into America because it contain’s sheep lungs – an ingredient that doesn’t pass the regulations of the US Food and Drug administration. 

Bingo games
In North Carolina, it’s illegal to hold a bingo game for more than five hours unless it is being held at a fair. Seems logical.

Cheese, anyone? (Pictur: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi_
Obviously not all cheese, but the Sardinian Casu Marzu is banned on US soil because of how it is produced – reportedly made  by placing fly larvae into Pecorino cheese in order to speed up the fermentation.
The larvae hatch which in turn makes the cheese a nice, creamy texture, although you’re advised to eat it before the maggots die. Tasty. 

Mirabelle plums 

Banned in America, but with no real explanation as to why…
A healthy sweet treat, but one that isn’t available in the US due to bizarre import laws stopping the French fruit from ever being consumed on US soil. The precise reason for the ban has never quite been revealed.

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