Anthony Gucciardi
July 3, 2013

The City of Lakewood Ohio will be celebrating July 4th with mandatory bag searches and a ban on all Fourth of July related fun — including fireworks, drinks, grills, pets, sports, and just about everything else.

The anti-independence regulation is a real testament to the current state of our nation, which now stands for heavy bans on all forms of person freedom. But I would have never actually known about this insane ban if it weren’t for a Storyleak reader who sent me the amazing image above. And following my inquiry as to where the image came from, doubting that any city could be so draconian and downright wicked, I was amazed when the reader went and linked me to a page on The Lakewood Observer website which listed all of the same nonsense with official quotes from the city.

As you can see from the ‘Special Park Rules To Be In Effect At Lakewood Park On July 4th’ article posted a week ago on The Lakewood Observer website, all of the same insane regulations are listed clearly as seen on the original sign. The website reads:

“The following rules will be in effect at Lakewood Park on July 4, 2013:

  1. All generators, propane and gas fueled grills are prohibited.
  2. All tents and shelters are prohibited.
  3. Police will be conducting searches of bags and coolers for reasons of public safety.
  4. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time throughout the year.
  5. No personal fireworks. This includes novelty fireworks like sparklers.
  6. No dogs or pets of any kind will be permitted in the park on July 4th.
  7. The skate park, tennis courts, basketball courts and Kid’s Cove playground will be closed at 7:00 p.m.”

Are you as amazed as I was that this is actually real, and a city ordinance at that? I thought that maybe it was a private place and the owner was just bitter about people celebrating on the land, but this is actually a city declaration and sign. And for the ever-tiring purpose of ‘security’. Because so many people are killed each year from sparklers and grilling burgers. The insanity here reminds me of the individual I debated on video who called for a ban on all guns, knives, hammers, nails, and even glass.

We can even see on the website a quote from Lakewood’s Mayor Mike Summers, which reads:

“Safety is our first priority. These added security measures will help to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.”

Right, it’s all about keeping you safe from fireworks the celebration of the nation’s birth. Perhaps they should also usher in the TSA and their naked body scanners to help scan all the attendees and their children for any form of unauthorized food or drink as well.

Everyone needs to share this lunacy and demand that Mayor Mike Summers of Lakewood retract these ridiculous regulations for the citizens of this Ohio town, lest it spreads to nearby cities and across the nation. Also, remember that the Fourth Amendment protects you from such ridiculous bag searches by police. The key here is publicizing the absurdity of these draconian regulations to set a foundation for what we will not tolerate. This truly is a sick society of paranoia and fear.

This post originally appeared at Story Leak

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