That seems to be about the extent of the thought that went into matter before State Senator Jim Merritt, egged on by local TV, started winding himelf up into a tizzy over Tannerite, the low-sensitivity, low-pressure reactive target material. (And if ever a story revealed the Administrative Control Bias of the oldstream media, this is it!)
Senator Merritt, surprisingly ignorant and weak-kneed for an NRA A-rated Republican, wants to introduce legislation to make it impossible for anyone to buy more than a few pounds of Tannerite at any time, keep track of anyone who buys any amount of it at all (!) and to keep "children" from buying it -- never you mind that you can't even set the stuff off without a rifle bullet fired into it (requiring guns, a product children already cannot buy) or a blasting cap (a product nearly everyone cannot buy). Nope, he figures it is a Homeland Security matter -- which I would expect from a creationism-in-schools, anti-smoking drug-warrior;* it's a wonder he's even gun-friendly to a limited extent.
If you enjoy shooting at reactive targets, ever think you might, if you're sick of being treated like a dope-chemist every time you buy sinus medicine and don't want more of the same dimwitted feelgood political theater or just figure there are way too many limits on what people can and cannot buy, let the dear Senator know at firstname.lastname@example.org, Senator.Merritt@iga.in.gov or via this webpage. His crazy notion needs to stopped before it ever gets off the ground.
Oh, and Senator? The active ingredient in teenage zit-cream is a primary explosive; those same kids can churn out a dangerously shock-sensitive, high-pressure primary explosive so tricky that mad-bomber Islamists are wary of it, using nothing more than household chemicals and a glass mixing bowl -- and plenty of ice, if they have half a clue. Are you going to ban car batteries, antiseptics and nail-polish remover next?
This is how liberty is lost: one bedwetting do-gooder law at a time.
* Chair, Lawrence Township Drug Abuse Resistance Education Council
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