Doctors Say Paintball Too Dangerous For Young People
In another act of nanny statehood, a group of Doctors is now calling for the paintball industry to take action to keep out young people after an 11 year old kid who was playing removed his visor during a match and was shot in the eye. The industry is currently self-regulated in Canada but as has often been the case with games, groups will call out for the industry to regulate itself first so they have a case to push for government regulation later, claiming the industry didn't do enough.
I've played paintball a fair amount and each time, there was a lengthy safety lesson first, strict rules enforced about at what distance you could shoot at someone and if you broke those rules, you were kicked out without a refund. Of course if you take your visor off and get shot at close range you'll sustain an eye injury! No amount of regulation will compensate for people being stupid.
That being said, I wouldn't let an 11 year old kid of mine play paintball as I do believe a certain level of maturity is required to fully appreciate the type of situation you are going into. However, we all know there are many adults who are more than capable of doing things just as stupid and in fact, it was an adult who shot the kid at point-blank range. What possible purpose is regulating this going to serve except to increase cost and liability to the paintball range owners? People are going to be stupid whether the government tells them to or not. I just find this another case of knee-jerk overreaction to what is really just human nature.