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Originally posted by blood0fheroes
I think most of the proponents of this legislation are missing the point. Whether or not it is a good idea does not justify legislation forcing submission. Same thing with seat belt laws. Do I think that both are good ideas, and a useful tool in preserving my life? Of Course! Any sane individual would! Does that mean that the state has any place, whatsoever, to mandate the measures I take to be safe at risk of a penalty? Never.
If I still rode I would still wear a helmet. HOWEVER - for the government to step in and dictate to me the measures I will take to lower my risk is tantamount to a direct claim on property; in this case You and I are this property.
To say that government is within it's boundaries on these and other issues, then one is also making the case that we are nothing better than free-range chickens...our coop is just a little bigger than most.
Originally posted by isitjustme
I ride a Harley and want to be able to decide when I should wear a helmet and when I don't. They can interfere with vision and your abilitry to hear, They can also be very hot in the summer, i am an adult and should have the right to make my own decisions, If you don't ride why should you have a say in what i choose to do?
Originally posted by crimvelvet
reply to post by MaskedDebater
Years ago some bikers that lived down the street had bumper stickers on their helmets that said HELMET LAWS SUCK. When the law changed in my state, they now ride with helmets sans decals. True story.
IT has NEVER been about wearing helmets or seatbelts, it is about the GOVERNMENT TELLING YOU HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE!
Originally posted by ExCommando
Motorcyclist killed in helmet law protest
A bare-headed motorcyclist riding in protest of New York state's helmet law crashed, struck his head on the roadway and died from his injuries, state police said on Sunday. Read more: www.theage.com.au...
Oh the irony ...edit on 3-7-2011 by ExCommando because: (no reason given)edit on 4-7-2011 by Gemwolf because: Corrected title
Originally posted by incrediblelousminds
Originally posted by civilchallenger
reply to post by ExCommando
The best way to protest is with your feet. Typical bureaucrats couldn't care less how many cyclists they kill trying to "protect them" in the same way the Republicans couldn't care less if 100,000 lives are lost in the middle east trying to prevent one or two 9/11 style attacks where 3,000 people die. Its not really about saving lives for them. Its about controlling others and owning them as slaves.
Wow, you think not being able to ride without a helmet on a public road makes you a slave?
Originally posted by survivalstation
As a first responder you may see how seat belts and helmets can save lives. As a free citizen I see laws that make the use of such safety devices mandatory as an infringement on my freedom.
Why not make it mandatory that morbidly obese people only eat with tiny forks? That would save live too...
I know! How about we put a safety muzzle on all the fat people so they could eat through a straw?
Where does overwhelming desire to "protect" people stop and infringement on their rights start?