Lighten up Francis. I'm sure there will be plenty of things posted today you can get your panties wadded up over besides snakes. May be this just isn't the forum for you and you would feel comfortable somewhere else?Truer words have never been spoken.
Some of you might benefit yourselves in starting at the very first page of this thread to start reading.
So far, in this thread, I have been called a hypocrite, afraid of snakes, and ignorant. Sounds like some like to make assumptions that just aren't true.
First accusation. Not once did I say that they should be banned, or that no one should be allowed to own them if they want to. I stated owning venomous snakes was stupid. I stated that if an innocent bystander is bitten, that the person should be held criminally responsible for the damages to that person.
Second, I'm not fearful of snakes. If I happen to happen upon one without seeing it, yes, I do get startled. But I have been startled by deer on my property, or my wife walking in and not hearing her. That isn't fear. I don't even fear venomous snakes, I just have a respect for what they are capable of being able to do to me if bitten. I use power tools that are probably more dangerous to my safety and well being than most venomous snakes, but I respect the tools because to not be respectful of them is just foolish.
I make no claims at being an expert on snakes of any kind, but I am also far from being ignorant as well, as I was accused of being.
Y'all have a nice day, and bless your little hearts.