15 Things Banned In The United States That Aren’t Guns

This past weekend, 29 people were killed in two separate mass shootings. The first was in El Paso, Texas, in a Walmart. Less than 24 hours later, another shooter opened fire in a popular historical neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio. Nine people were dead in less than 30 seconds. It would have been considerably more if police hadn’t happened to be on the scene.

The United States is pretty much the only country in the world where ordinary citizens have casual access to AK 47s, or other assault weapons that make killing huge numbers of people all at once very easy.

Mass shooters have been taking advantage of loopholes, lack of proper background checks, and modifiers that make a less powerful gun automatic. The sheer number of mass shootings our country sees every year is statistically astounding.

There are countries where violence is a much larger problem, including war, gang violence, and general crime. The viral tweet above is misleading in that regard, according to Politifact, as it implies other countries aren’t subject to gun violence. The difference is largely in regards to mass shootings—since we are a comparatively peaceful country, the number of deaths connected to guns that fall under the definition of a “mass shooting” are especially high.

Every time one happens, the question of banning assault rifles is raised again. It never seems to go anywhere. People think they deserve the freedom to own their killing machines and the government shouldn’t interfere. The NRA pays for the government to agree.

But the government often interferes when a product being sold on the market presents any kind of demonstrable danger to people, especially children. Here are some of the things the U.S. has banned, even though it won’t ban guns.

1. Lawn Darts

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Most people don’t remember the game of lawn darts, because it has been banned for decades. It involved throwing a sharp, weighted dart into a circle on the lawn, trying to get it inside. Sort of like darts on a wall, but much bigger.

The companies that made them were legally allowed to do so because they weren’t officially marketed to children. In 1987, a little girl name Michelle Snow died after being struck in the head with one. She was one of three children known to have died in relation to the game. Her father, David Snow, successfully campaigned to have the game banned in the U.S.

2. Kinder Eggs

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In the 1930s, a rule was implemented in the U.S. that food with non-edible objects inside couldn’t be sold. Obviously, that presented a choking hazard. That meant the popular Kinder Surprise eggs, a chocolate egg with a toy inside, could not be sold on American soil. The company worked around the ban starting in 2017, selling Kinder Joy in the U.S. These eggs are still chocolate, they just don’t have bits of plastic inside to murder you.

3. Waking Up a Bear In Alaska

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You can shoot a bear in Alaska, and lots of people do! But it is currently illegal to wake one up while it’s sleeping. Hard to say exactly why, but it wouldn’t be surprising if someone was killed that way, would it?

4. Texting and Walking

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In Hawaii, there’s a ban on texting while walking. It was institute in an attempt to limit accidents and fatalities related to “distracted walking.” This was particularly an issue around crosswalks or even jay-walking, and people who violate the law can be charged between $15 and $99, depending on their record.

5. Being in a House With Pot

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Attitudes about marijuana use and its legality has been shifting rapidly in many states. While some places have made it completely legal for recreational use, and some for medical use, in Idaho you can be arrested and charged up to $300 just for being on the premises of a place where pot is being smoked. Do they think pot is that dangerous? Or do they just want an excuse to make household arrests? Hmm.

6. Blood Drinking

True Blood really did a number on the state of Louisiana. There is now a ban on ingesting human or animal blood. Human and animal waste are also off the table. You can receive up to five years in prison plus fine of up to $5,000. Go cosplay somewhere else, creeps.

7. Vehicle Surfing

As fun as it is, you are not allowed to cling to the back of a bus or car while wearing roller skates in Missouri.

8. Marry With an STD

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Nebraska is really getting up in everyone’s business. They’ve ruled that “no person who is afflicted with a venereal disease” can get married. If you decide to marry anyway, fully aware your partner has an STD, you cannot legally seek an annulment. A lot of truths come out before a wedding ceremony in Nebraska.