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Do Towns Need to Ban Snowball Fights?

by Countable | Updated on 12.10.18

What’s the story?

  • A nine-year-old Coloradoan has successfully convinced the town of Severance to overturn its archaic ban on snowball fights.
  • “The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world,” Dane Best argued, according to local newspaper The Greeley Tribune.
“The law was created many years ago. Today’s kids need a reason to play outside.”

What was the rule?

  • The no-snowball law was part of an 1920 ordinance that forbids the throwing of “missiles” or stones at people, animals, trees, or property.
  • “All of the kids always get blown away that it’s illegal to have snowball fights in Severance,” Kyle Rietkerk, assistant to the Severance town administrator, said before the meeting to overturn the ban.  “So, what ends up happening is [town leaders] always encourage the kids with, ‘You have the power, you can change the law.’ No one has.”
  • Following the young campaigner’s three-minute presentation to city officials, the town unanimously voted to allow the throwing of snow missiles. Severance’s mayor then handed Dane and his four-year-old brother Dax the first legal snowballs in the town's history.

What do you think?

Do you support towns banning snowball fights? Or do you agree with overturning the ban? Take action above, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • SneakyPete
    12/10/2018
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    Banning SnowBall Fights 🙀😢 Archaic Laws still on the books 📖: * Let's take Missouri for example. Just so you know—you can't drive down the highway with an uncaged bear in your car. * When parking your elephant at a meter in Orlando Florida, be sure to deposit the same amount of change as you would for a regular motor vehicle. * In Florida it’s illegal to serve Beer 🍺 & Pretzels 🥨 Together. * In Salem, West Virginia, it's against the law to eat candy less than an hour and a half before church service. * In Winona Lake, Wisconsin, it is illegal to eat ice cream at a counter on Sunday. * And don't expect to order a slice of cherry pie a la mode in Kansas on the Lord's Day. * An old city ordinance in Cleveland, Ohio prohibits women from wearing patent leather shoes in public. * Women in Florida, for example, can be fined for falling asleep under a dryer in a hair salon. And the list goes on and on....... SEE: https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/top-craziest-laws-still-on-the-books SneakyPete ..... 🤣😂🤣😂. 12*10*18.....

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  • Poli.Sci
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    Give it a rest people, let your kids go outside and have fun and GET HURT! They will never know how to deal with pain if they are not exposed to it. Kids these days are hunkered into this big bubble and grow fat and lazy because they stay inside eating food and playing video games. Get kids outside and explore. Let them get in trouble but when they get into trouble, let them know the consequences and live up to those consequences. If you keep them inside, they’ll just start acting out and parents will not understand nor know how to deal with their problems.

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  • Donald
    Voted Yes
    12/10/2018
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    Absolutely ban snowball fights! People have no right to think they’re entitled to “fun.” Usually only one person (with the “arm”) having fun anyway. At the very least - it should be taxed. I’m sure Cuomo or Newsom can find a way.

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  • Yahtzee
    Voted Maybe
    12/11/2018
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    Yes. Only Monsanto branded snowballs purchased from Amazon.com should legally be allowed to be thrown within city limits

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  • Lionman
    Voted No
    12/10/2018
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    Seriously?

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  • Colleen
    12/11/2018
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    Snowball fight? 🧐 that is the most ridicules thing I have heard. What kind of crazy person in 1920 compared rocks to snow balls? Let tge kids have their snow balls

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  • Alice
    Voted Maybe
    12/11/2018
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    Have you ever been hit with a snowball that was packed and hard as ice. It hurts and does do damage, especially to cars.

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  • John
    Voted Yes
    12/11/2018
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    Ban all snowball fights and all SNOWFLAKES.

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  • IllWill
    Voted No
    12/10/2018
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    Just let kids be kids! What an absurd law!

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  • Alaric
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    Not every single thing that takes place or ever happens within our nation needs or should be regulated.

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  • ColonelMoose
    Voted No
    12/10/2018
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    What a stupid waste of time and money.

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  • Gopin2018
    Voted No
    12/10/2018
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    This is ignorant liberal shit. #MAGA

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  • Stickyfingers
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    Kids have no fun today. You can’t play tag with the opposite sex, you can’t play dodgeball and now no snowball fights. Thanks again liberals.

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  • RAN
    Voted No
    12/10/2018
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    Just shows no matter if it’s federal, state, county, or town, government is to controlling.

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  • Steve
    Voted No
    12/10/2018
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    That's absolutely ridiculous!

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  • Linda
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    No snow ball fights is part of growing up. Let the kids have fun.

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  • DaveSnyder
    Voted No
    12/10/2018
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    I think we are all in agreement that snowball fights are the single gravest threat to Western civilization. I cannot imagine a larger issue any community could ever have to struggle with.

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  • Ray
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    Stop all this nonsense and protect our democracy.

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  • Mary
    Voted No
    12/10/2018
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    Banning snowball fights is absurd. I believe Play-wrestling and snowball fights are an essential part of childhood. Some of my fondest memories involve snowball fights - and I’m a pacifist. It’s not about harming.

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  • Rosalind
    Voted No
    12/10/2018
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    My grandson (age 8), said “That’s stupid!” I told him some people have put stones in snowballs to hurt other people, and he said “Then that’s not a proper snowball fight. They’re supposed to be fun.” Out of the mouth of babes! There are more important issues to attend to - like starving people, and without appropriate housing and medical care!

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  • Edward
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    Those that wanna ban snowballs fights need to get the stick out their asses n remember what it was to be a kid n enjoy stuff like that. Much better then guns, bats n hockey sticks. Let kids be kids n stop trying to outlaw what mother nature gives us like snow and plants.

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  • Lulu
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    Let Children be Children .. teach them responsibility .. let them play, explore, and grow

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