As some of you already know, this month I'm publishing a new book titled "Amateur Rocket Motor Construction", so, of course, I'm interested in the interplay between the proponents of amateur rocketry and the government.
Amateur rocketry and high power rocketry are both wonderful and educational hobbies, and they help keep the public interested in science and engineering. I am, in fact, AMAZED at the number of my neighbors who've seen the Discovery Channel documentary, "Rocket Challenge", and I've been pleasantly surprised at their level of interest. In a democracy like ours, public appreciation of these subjects is an important factor in maintaining funding for NASA and the military. So my simple and possibly stupid question is, why does the ATF want to stop amateur and high power rocketry? Why would ANY government agency want to stop these hobbies? A logical response would be for the government to ENCOURAGE these hobbies.
I've read some recent posts suggesting that the ATF is trying to manufacture artificial "evidence" proving that amateur rockets and high power rockets are dangerous. If this is true, what is their motive? We are good people, they are good people, we're all Americans, and we're all on the same side. The ATF is staffed by some VERY intelligent people, and in the face of the facts I've state above, their behavior doesn't make sense.
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