I hate fireworks. These days, I really hate fireworks. Hell, I can't even look at an unlit cigarette or match right now without a tinge of anger...
Our pet dogs certainly understand the stupidity - why can't we?
Unfortunately, all it takes is one person to use fireworks improperly to put potentially tons of people/properties/trees at risk. I agree that they should be banned for this season. This level of dryness is also unprecedented. I say ban fireworks sales and let folks attend the show at Balloon Fiesta Park if they want to enjoy fireworks this year.
I don't think your argument holds up. Aren't we banning access to certain public lands because of the high fire danger? Don't we have an outright ban on certain drugs and sex transactions? And on advertising liquor and cigarettes on TV?
How patriotic is it to insist on using something so dangerous to everybody under these conditions?