I might have ranted about this before, but I don't remember, and Carmi got me thinking again. I think we should let the stupid people remove themselves from the gene pool. Laws protecting children are great, but once a person reaches adulthood, let them make smart, or stupid, choices.
The law says we must wear seatbelts. That's a good idea. Smart people don't need to be forced to wear a device that keeps one from dashing one's brains out the front window. I figure, it's not hurting anyone but yourself if you refuse to wear one. So why is it a law? Don't police officers have enough to do without having to watch out for idiots trying to kill themselves?
Bike helmets. You must look like a dork to ride a bike. If the spandex shorts aren't enough, strap a plastic mushroom to your head. Obviously, if you sail over the handlebars, you are going to wish you looked like a dork, rather than now looking like roadkill. If you make the choice to have windblown hair rather than intact brains, I think that should be your perogative.
If a skier decides to take a run down the side of the mountain that is closed, complete with huge scary signs that say "DON'T GO THIS WAY", and then the skier gets stuck and half the county has to go save him, I think the skier should have to foot the bill. Helicopters aren't free, after all.
I have more rants building up, but I'll save them for another day. Hint: Lawsuits. If you're stupid enough to stick your hand in the blender, don't come crying to me.