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Helmet law – the erosion of people's rights

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We all agree that a society without laws is a society without order. Laws are rules that all citizens must follow in order to be a able to co-exist with their fellow citizens in harmony. They are the essence of the wishes and desires of the majority of people in the community.

But lately laws have become the tools in the hands of big corporations and zealous politicians to subjugate the community and arbitrarily impose their opinions on people. Such is the case of the recently proposed law in my home state of Connecticut to require motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

I know what some of you may be thinking now. Riders who don't wear helmets are endangering their lives and pose undue strain on the insurance companies. Okay, I'd like to see your reaction if laws mandated skiers to wear metal armor, or ice cream fans to test their blood sugar levels before being permitted to enjoy a scoop, or movie-goers present their latest heart check-up slip before being allowed to watch a horror flick.

You many think that my examples are absurd, but if the insurance companies were allowed to have their way, these and other insane ideas could easily become laws.

Regardless of your personal opinion on this matter (and I respect it, no matter what), people should not allow law-makers to impinge on their rights when it does not pose a threat to anyone other than a possible risk to the person riding. If we left every decision in our lives to the government, then what rights do we as citizens have left for ourselves, and how could we characterize our society as free. The seatbelt and helmet laws are just litmus tests for our limits as a society to more repressive laws that might be in the offing.

Wear you helmets because you want to, not because you are forced to. If you submit to coercion now, don't complain later if your rights are curtailed one by one until all is lost.

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