Sadly a majority of our nation is too stupid to understand this.
Oh, A man earlier this year threw his daughter, Darcy Freeman, of a bridge, and he was sentenced to a life in prison, but his lawyer claimed he had mental issues so the sentence was lowered to something like, I think, 20 years, which is far to less for him.. and he wasn't mental. He just killed her cause he saw him as the problem of issues which he'd been going through in the marriage.
That's the excuse all our prisoners use, and they only get at MAXIMUM 30 years, that doesn't seem fair at all.. god, I wish we had a president like Obama. His awesome.
Oh, sorry, I forgot to mention that those supposely 'mental' people who are given a sentence of 10-30 years aren't even sent to prison? They're sent to a mental hospital where they're treated like kings. Our mental hospitals have libraries, indoor/outdoor pools, spas, theatres. Gosh, it's like heaven for murdering your child.
I believe that the sale and smoking of tobacco should be made illegal immediately for a simple reason - in difference to alcohol, there is no such thing, i repeat,NO SUCH THING! as enjoying tobacco in moderation.
More than 70% of the smokers i know started as "party smokers", and then slowly, discretely, became nicotine addicts. They thought they were smoking moderately, now they can look forward to a life with restricted athletic capacity, diminished quality of living, and most likely one of the many deeply unpleasant deaths that smoking so often entails. The fool is the man who refuses the good intentions of others in defense of his own liberty.
No, because that would be a violation of their right to equal treatment. Besides, smokers are already listed last on all transplant lists, and have much more expensive medical insurances.
The problem with smoking that people apparently refuse to recognize is that nicotine, the real villain in cigarettes, is an addictive carcinogen on it's own. It is every bit as addictive and lethal, if not more, than marihuana. And the funny thing is, according to recent studies (published in Scientific American), the very first cigarette can make you an addict, albeit withdrawal symptoms won't show up for weeks or months.
So why is it nobody has the balls show zero tolerance for smoking nicotine-containing cigarettes, when we're willing to incarcerate marihuana smokers for years, occasionally even condemn them to death?
Hypocrisy is what it really is.
People too poor to afford medical assistance should have it paid by the government but beyond that, people should pay an increasing amount themselves as their pay grade rises - that way, you may pay more, but you still pay on basis of use.
When people smoke cigarettes nobody is killing the person smoking, they are making the choice to kill themselves. Sure, someone infact is manufacturing them, but is that a direct risk to the smoker? No. Same goes for your example of Pat's donut, laying in the sun and all the rest of them. They are choices made by somebody, only including them. They aren't risking others.
But say a man is driving in his car, no seatbelt on, and some drunken idiot driver crashes into them. Whose fault is it? The drunken morons. But who dies? The opposing driver, who didn't have his seatbelt on. Frankly, I dont see the point in having 'a choice about wearing seatbelts or not' if you're not alive.
Now look at it like this, a man walks around the street with a knife. Now would you approve of someone walking around the streets with a knife, risking the life of innocent, harmless people? Would you expect the goverment to do so?
See, walking around the streets with a knife killing random people could be just as dangerous as having some drunken person driving around the roads. Someone could die simply because they made the choice to leave their seatbelts off.
The bottom line is that if you say "I'm not going to wear a seatbelt cause I'm just going to the car wash a few blocks away", that choice should be completely up to you. Not one other person's life is placed in danger from this choice; therefore the choice should remain up to the user's discretion.
There is actual proof that in some instances, not wearing a seatbelt has saved lives and that by wearing a seatbelt, one has been killed.
Yeah, and how much people do you think have died cause they WEREN'T wearing a seat belt! Do you honestly think that will matter when the statistic of people who died cause of not wearing a seat belt is reviewed?
Honestly, I completely support the law of the government and heck they should be even harsher about it in my opinion.
And maybe you have the logic to not drink and drive, but it's not about one person, there are thousand of young people dying out there simply because they drink and drive! And they can easily take other people who weren't even IN their car with them.
Example? I didn't want to raise this topic up.. but I guess it's the perfect example. Just yesterday, or two days ago, 5 young teenagers died in Melbourne cause of drink driving. They didn't have their seat belts on and were speeding at 150 kph (not sure what that would be in your measurement?). These boys were around the age of 18-19, and 2 of them were brothers. And you know what? Their 15 year old sister was also in the car. She lived. Because.. She.. had.. her.. seat belt.. ON! Now, think of it like this, what if these boys had crashed into just ONE more car? Some unsuspected, innocent person could have died with them. Do you think it's fair for that person to suffer the consequences of that?
And if you were the parent of one of those children would you go on tv and say 'Oh, my boys died.. but at least they died with the choice of choosing to not wear their seat belts. You know.. at least they had that choice, and that's what counts, oh and you know, it doesn't matter, cause they could have survived EVEN IF they didn't have their seat belts on.
And no, this logic CAN'T be off, it's just fact. The government don't want people to die, I rather much think they'd prefer for people to be living.
Oh, yeah and when you say they 'understand and accept that risk', that may apply for you, but I don't think that applies to a majority of other people out there. It's also just fact that 95% of drivers who did drink driving and miraculously survived said 'I wish that I had worn my belt', at least in Australia, that is. And most of those people were left with permanent disabilities anyway.. and I can guarantee you this too. The people who you say 'understand and accept that risk', if they were to go through a car crash, will say the same. 'I wish I had worn my belt'. That is if they survive, of course..
Now Robyna. I'm afraid you're still looking at this wrong. To address your first statement, whether somebody decides to wear or not wear a seatbelt does not effect the outcome of another driver whether they are drunk or not. And yes, I agree that wearing a seatbelt you have a slightly better chance of surviving an accident. However, because it is a chance, this is where it's a problem. The government is taking a chance with your life based on a very broad, ill-conceived basis that wearing a seatbelt in every scenario is best for you becaue we said so.
The bottom line is this: I feel uncomfortable driving with a seatbelt on. By my choosing to not wear a seatbelt, the only person's life endangered is my own. In a free country, the choice of one's own safety and personal well-being is left up to the individual. I live in the USA where these choices are protected by the Constitution.
But this is the thing: You say people understand and accept the risk. But to my argument I have to ask, do they really? I mean when I went to Spain, we went to a city where to not where a seatbelt is accepted by the Goverment, though this was a long time ago so I'm not sure if this law is still in place. And getting into a car with people who didn't wear their seatbelts, and didn't even seem to care about it, was strange, so I asked 'What if something happens, shouldn't you wear your seatbelt, just incase?'. And they replied like this: 'My seatbelt? No, Don't worry, we won't be involved in a car crash or anything. Theres no risk at all.. not in Spain'. Now that to me is stupid, but sadly, how I believe a majority of people who don't wear seatbelts see the case. They do not understand or accept the risks of their actions, and furthermore, they do not even care! Now, with people looking at it from the perspective of logic, I understand why the goverment would have such a law. Because, when people who think like that are involved in car crashes, their relatives, or themselves if they have enough luck to survive, they don't put the responsibility on themselves. They put it on someone else. I'm saying this ofcourse from the view that they are lucky enough to survive. They don't understand it was their fault, that they didn't have their seatbelt on, and that it was their choice. And even more sadly, there are a lot of people who are like that. You have the intelligence to understand and accept the risks, which makes it a reasonable action, but for a lot of people I know the case is different. And refering to the example I stated above, if people believe their is no risk of anything happening to them then they must at the least act in some way accordingly, to what they have said.