Snowball ban doesn’t stand a chance after 9-year-old objects

The sooner Dane Best, 9, of Severance, Colorado, grows up, the sooner we can get some of the country’s nagging problems solved.

Dane Best solves problems. Take that ban on snowball fights in his community.

It’s been on the books there for awhile and nobody ever challenged it.

It’s part of an ordinance that makes it illegal “to throw or shoot stones or missiles at people, animals, buildings, trees, any other public or private property or vehicles.:

According to the legal experts of Severance, Colorado, snowballs are just icy cold missiles.

“All of the kids always get blown away that it’s illegal to have snowball fights in Severance,” Kyle Rietkerk, assistant to the Severance town administrator, tells Colorado Public Radio. “So, what ends up happening is (town leaders) always encourage the kids with, ‘You have the power you can change the law.’ No one has.”

Behold the power of a 9-year-old who wears a bowtie.

He found out a month ago that this was the law. So he challenged it.

On Monday night, he stared down the town council and made an impassioned plea for the right to put a snowball right in your little brother’s kisser.

He put it in nicer terms, of course.

“The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world,” he said during his presentation. “The law was created many years ago. Today’s kids need a reason to play outside.”

If there was any opposition, it melted. The Councilvoted unanimously to the let the snowballs fly.

Young Dane got the first honor to be a legal assailant.

The kid isn’t finished yet, his mother says. He’s taking aim at an ordinance that defines pets as only cats and dogs. He’s got a guinea pig.